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Bebop Spoken There

Piers Paul Read: "Bruce Reynolds and Biggs shared an interest in Sex, Jazz and Hemingway." - (The Train Robbers by Piers Paul Read, Coronet Books 1979.)

George Shearing: "Speaking about Johann Sebastian Bach I think he'd be a real jazzer if he were alive today. I mean any man who has two wives, twenty kids, gets kicked out of the church for being too harmonically radical and drinks beer can't be all wrong can he?" - (Crescendo March 1984.)

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Today Thursday July 19

Afternoon

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Road, Holystone NE27 0DA. Tel: 266 6173. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Maine St. Jazzmen - Sunniside Social Club, Holywell Lane, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5NJ. 8:30pm. Free.

Alexys de Alfaro: Guitar Dreams with Coco Vega - Prohibition Bar, Arch 3, Brandling Street, Gateshead NE8 2BA. Doors 7:00pm. A ‘jar on the bar’ gig. Guitar & percussion.

Alter Ego - St James’ & St Basil’s Church, Fenham Hall Drive, Newcastle NE4 9EJ. 7:30pm. £10.00.

Jesse Bannister Quartet - Jazz Café, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 8:00pm. £10.00. (£8.00. concs.). JNE.

Northern Monkey Brass Band - Jubilee Park, Spennymoor DL16. 6:00-9:00pm. Free. Big BRASS Bash (Durham Brass Festival).

New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees TS18 4AW. 8:30pm.

Tees Hot Club w. Donna Hewitt (alto); Josh Bentham (tenor); Dave Archbaid (keys) - Dormans Club, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Tel: 01642 823813. 9pm. Free.

Jazz Jam - Fire Station, High Street West, Sunderland SR1 3DT. Tel: 0191 594 7241. 8pm. Free.

Billy's Buskers: Plug in and Play - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 7:00pm. Free.

To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Sunday, March 01, 2015

Roly Veitch & Giles Strong @ The Jazz Café. February 28

Roly Veitch & Giles Strong (guitars) + Ray Burns (harmonica) 
(Review by Russell/Photo courtesy of Mike Tilley).
Two guitars, Great American Songbook, Jobim, Django. One student of jazz guitar took a front row seat, another preferred a back row (chattering class) pew. Jazz Café regulars (an amiable bunch) secured the best available seats, the Saturday night drinking circuit crowd behind them at the bar (chatter, chatter).
The front row assembly filtered out the extraneous ‘background’ noise keen to hear Roly Veitch and Giles Strong play some jazz guitar. Whether it be an indisposed James Birkett or last minute dep Roly Veitch, the guarantee of top quality, relaxed jazz guitar held firm. The other half of the equation – Giles Strong – also offered a life time guarantee of first-rate guitar playing. Veitch and Strong selected a few tunes and played them. Easy? If you know how! And these guys knew what to play. It was as if You Stepped Out of a Dream, into the Pink Lane café and came across two great guitarists having a good time. Tasteful throughout (Veitch and Strong don’t play it any other way), Beautiful Love, All of Me, the pad of a thousand and one tunes, a stroll On Green Dolphin Street and Stella by Starlight.
How Insensitive of the barflies to make themselves heard, oblivious to the two craftsmen seated at the front. Musicians tolerate all manner of ‘difficult’ circumstances, Veitch and Strong have, no doubt, encountered much worse and this Jazz Café gig delighted all who were there to listen. Djangologist Strong played some Django with Veitch and invited Mr Ray Burns (harmonica) to join them in their Romany caravan. The duo swept away those Autumn Leaves and went off into the night with Billie’s Bounce.
Russell

1 comment :

Patti D (on F/b) said...

I've tried adding a comment on the blog for the last hour or so - nothing earth shattering, but just to say how sweetly sublime this gig was - it was easy to get lost in the music and ignore the gobby barflies! Sweet dreams are made of gigs like this!

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Bebop Spoken Here -- Here, being the north-east of England -- centred in the blues heartland of Newcastle and reaching down to the Tees Delta and looking upwards to the Land of the Kilt.
Not a very original title, I know; not even an accurate one as my taste, whilst centred around the music of Bird and Diz, extends in many directions and I listen to everything from King Oliver to Chick Corea and beyond. Not forgetting the Great American Songbook the contents of which has provided the inspiration for much great jazz and quality popular singing for round about a century.
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Lance (Who wishes it to be known that he is not responsible for postings other than his own and that he's not always responsible for them.)
Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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