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Bebop Spoken There

Jackie McLean: “I can't understand British audiences. In Britain there doesn't seem to be any curiosity." (Melody Maker, April 1, 1961).

Charles Mingus: "It seems to me that if our records were not issued in Britain, the British cats would have to think for themselves" (Jazz News, July 26th 1961)

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Today Tuesday July 25

Evening
Misha Mullov-Abbado Sextet - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane NE25 5DW. 8pm. Free.
Charles Gordon (solo piano) - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Newcastle. 10pm - midnight. £10 & £8. JNE gig.
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Maine Street Jazzmen - Royal British Legion Club, West Jesmond Ave., Newcastle NE2 3EX. 8:30pm. £5.
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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 :

  1. 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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