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Bebop Spoken There

John Tynan: "Go ahead, call me reactionary. I happen to object to the musical nonsense being peddled in the name of jazz by John Coltrane and his acolyte Eric Dolphy." - (Downbeat November 22, 1961).

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McCoy Tyner: "If anyone want to know how the three of us - Elvin, Jimmy and me - felt about John [Coltrane], listen to the music and you can hear the love and respect we had for each other. The music can really speak more than any of us." - (Melody Maker, August 19, 1967).
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Today Sunday April 23

Afternoon.
Ian Harrington (solo piano) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 12:30pm. Free.
Broken Levee - Tyne Bar, Maling St., Newcastle. 3pm. Free.
Blues @ The Bay - Tanner Smith's 17-19 South Parade, Whitley Bay NE26 2RE, 0191 2525941. 4pm. Free. Blues jam w. Scott Wall & Charlie Philp.
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Musicians Unlimited - Park Hotel, Park Rd., Hartlepool TS26 9HU. 01249 233126.1pm. Free.
Hot Club du Nord - Village Hall, 30 High St., Swainby, Northallerton DL6 3EG. 1pm. 01642 700886. (Bubble charity)
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Evening
Darlington Big Band - Darlington Conservative & Unionist Club, Commercial St., Darlington DL3 6JG. 01325 467019. 6pm.
Maine St. Jazzmen - Seaton Sluice Social Club, Collywell Bay Rd., Seaton Sluice NE26 4QZ. 8pm. £4.
Swing at Twilight w. Minnie Fraser Quartet - Riding Mill Parish Hall, Northumberland. 7:15pm. £10. Profits to charity.
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Corner House, Heaton, Newcastle NE6 5RP. 7:00pm. Event is a book launch (Chris Cross’ Geordie Book of Magic) and a birthday party.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Darlington Jazz Festival. April 25: The Late Night Festival Jam Session

(Review by Russell).
How many jazz musicians can you get into a Darlington telephone box? Following the Bruce Adams-Al Wood concert at the Dolphin Centre it appeared that most of those in the audience were keen to get along to the Quakerhouse pub to catch the late night jam session. The Camra award-winning pub isn’t the biggest hostelry in town and its loyal patrons regularly fill the place. A horde of jazz fans duly descended on the Mechanic’s Yard venue and stood at the door…
Getting into the Quakerhouse was all but impossible. The jam session’s house band – a quartet led by Mark Toomey (alto) with pianist Jeremy McMurray, Peter Ayton (bass) and drummer Paul Smith – set-up at one end of the downstairs room, the dimensions of the floor space being approximately 3m x 2m. The sitters-in, having hot-footed it from the Dolphin Centre, dropped their cases in the yard (there was nowhere else to put them), assembled horns where they stood, then attempted to squeeze through the door to find a spot on the crowded floor. First up were Bruce Adams and Al Wood. Star names, keen participants both, the stuff of great jam sessions. Seating for punters wasn’t an option, all stood. Those in the front row were but a few centimetres from the horns of Adams, Wood and Toomey. Indeed, Bebop Spoken Here’s Deep South correspondent Tony Eales made himself useful by holding Bruce Adams’ pint. Adams played a solo, stretched out an arm and there was his pint – ‘at hand’ you might say! Some of those eager to sit-in included Dean Stockdale, Tom Stephenson, Alex Baker, Amy Baker, Steve McGarvie, Alexander Bone, Uncle Tom Cobley ‘n’ all. They played Just Friends. An apposite number given the close proximity of innumerable bodies!
Two rockers (pub regulars) were amazed at the goings-on. Has he just met him? pointing at two musicians shaking hands on first acquaintance. How could they play like that? We couldn’t do that! You don’t say! Beer went down as fast as Mark Toomey could play. At sometime after two in the morning things started to wind down. Darlington Jazz Festival at the Quakerhouse – what more could you want? Sunday would soon be dawning.     
Russell.                  

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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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