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Mundell Lowe: “...we also had to play for a floor show, which consisted of girls dancing--some of 'em were dressed, some of 'em were not so dressed.” – (Crescendo September 1974).

Brew Moore: "I played so many strip joints I was 21 before I saw a naked woman from the front." - (Downbeat July 24, 1969).

Number 24

Bebop Spoken Here is currently listed at number 24 (-2) in the WORLD JAZZ BLOG Rankings!

Today Saturday June 24

Afternoon
Tyne Valley Big Band - Haydon Bridge Festival, Low Hall Park, Haydon Bridge NE47 6AE. £10. TVBB on at 5:15pm.
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Northern Monkey Brass Band - Orange Pip Market, Baker St., Middlesbrough. 5:15pm.
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Evening
Alan Law (solo piano) - Cherry Tree, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle NE22 2AE. 7:30pm. No cover charge.
Koan 5, Renewal - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:45pm. £5 (£4 conc.).
Miles of Barbed Wire - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.
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Revolutionaires + Jay Burt -Amphitheatre, Sea Rd., South Shields NE33 2LD. 7pm. Free.
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Nick Ross Orchestra - Consett Empire, Front St., Consett. 7:30pm.
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No Time For Jive - The Tannery, Gilesgate, Hexham NE46 3QD. 8pm. Free.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Jazz Café Jam - May 19.

Peter Gilligan (pno); Paul Grainger (bs); Bradley Johnston (gtr); Paul Wight (dms) + Joel Brown (pno); Tom Lapworth (gtr); Thomas Dixon (alt); Dan Foote (dms); Paul Gowland (alt); Rob Bates (dms); David Gray (tmb); Johnny "Blue Hat" Davis (ten); Mark Williams (gtr); Matt Mullen (bs); Ian Forbes (dms); Richard Herdman (gtr); James Robson (bs).
(Review by Lance).
I've probably missed or mispelt some names but the above roll of honour comprises the bulk of the musicians who contributed to the Tuesday jam at the Jazz Café.
There were the inevitable highs and lows associated with any impromptu performance but, suffice to say, there were more highs than lows. Too many in fact to list them all!
As ever, the house quartet provided the openers and later the springboard for those diving in at the deep end. 
I Fall in Love Too Easily included an immaculate bass solo by Paul Grainger whilst There Will Never be Another You had Gilligan and Johnston unveiling the licks kicked nicely along by Wight.
Young Joel whose playing displays a maturity beyond his tender years (15? 16?) took over on piano for Nature Boy. A conflict of keys caused the starter to bring the runners and riders back to the gate before finally setting off on the Theme from Black Orpheus. This tune has at least three titles and I think they played all three of them.
Sonora by Hampton Hawes is always a delight to hear and the back four never fail to do it justice.
At this point in the evening the musicians came and went with such rapidity keeping track was difficult. Tom Lapworth on guitar was superseded by Richard Herdman who in turn bequeathed the throne to Mark Williams. It's Mark's birthday today so it's many happy returns to Mark (He's at The Globe on Saturday.)
With Dan Foote on drums, Thomas Dixon blew alto on Autumn Leaves and Doxy - tentatively feeling his way. Nothing tentative about David Gray. Along with Paul Gowland, Herdman and Ian Forbes they took Ornithology to Birdland and beyond.
Johnny "Blue Hat Black Saxophone" Davis joined the party for Moanin' with Matt Mullen on bass.
(Blue Hat plays a duo gig with Pete Gilligan here on Saturday night).
Wayne Shorter's Footprints had super solos all round and it was with much reluctance that I left to catch the 10.57 Metro.
Take That had been playing the Arena which meant it was standing room only on the train and, hopefully, some pre-concert spin-off at The Globe.
Next Jam is June 2.
Lance.

4 comments :

  1. Apologies Tom - name now corrected!

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  3. A great night with friendly people and great musicians. A nice surprise to my visit to Newcastle.

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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.)
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