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Bebop Spoken There

Artie Shaw: “I'm not interested in giving people what they want--I'm interested in making music.” – (DownBeat October 15, 1939).

Jason Marsalis: “There's so many places that this music can go and there's a lot yet to be discovered.'” – (DownBeat April 2018)

Today Sunday March 18


Musicians Unlimited - Park Inn, Park Road, Hartlepool TS26 9HU. Tel: 01429 233126. 12 noon. Free.

Jason Isaacs & the Ambassadors of Swing - Hoochie Coochie, Pilgrim Street, Newcastle NE1 6SF. Tel: 0191 222 0130. 5:30pm (doors 4:00pm). £16.00.

Revolutionaires - Tyne Bar, Maling St, Newcastle NE6 1LP. 3pm. Free.

Somethin’ Blue - Vesuvio, 3a Houndgate, Darlington DL1 5RL. 5:00pm. Tel: 01325 788564. Matt Case (saxophone) & Mike Hepple (guitar).


POSTPONED DUE TO WEATHER! Zoë Gilby Quartet - Black Bull, Bridge Street, Blaydon NE21 4JJ. 8:00pm. £5.00. Rescheduled August 19.

Alter Ego - The Globe, 11 Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £5.00.

Bradley Johnston - The Fire Station, High Street West, Sunderland SR1 3DT. Tel: 0191 594 7241. 6:00pm. Free. New weekly residency.

Gypsy Dave Smith - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

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

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Jazz Café Jam Session - May 5.

Peter Gilligan (pno); Paul Grainger (bs); Paul Wight (dms); Bradley Johnston (gtr) + Fi Finden (sop/vcl); Paul Gowland (alt); Stu Finden, Alexis Cairns (ten); Joe Fowler (tmb/vcl); David Gray, Priyanka (tmb); Joel Brown, Francesco Falconi (pno); Andrew Porritt, "Father" Brown, Luke Stuart-Smith (bs); Thanos (gtr); Dimi, Rob Bates, Eric Stutt (dms).
(Review by Lance.)

Back in the Crombie era, Keith's proudest boast was of the cosmopolitan nature of the clientele at the Jazz Café. Well, if the late KC is looking up from down there, he couldn't have wished for a greater international flavour than last night. Dimi from Bulgaria on drums, Italian Francesco on piano, Thanos from Greece on guitar and Pryanka, London born of Indian parents, blowing up a storm on trombone.
Pryanka slugged it out with Big Joe and David Gray on Watermelon Man and Work Song - those guys knew they'd been in a fight! Welcome to Newcastle Pryanka.
This was just one of the many high spots of another classic jam at the Caff. Joel, once again, delighted on piano - There is no Greater Love a nice gentle groove with Eric Stutt on drums, Thanos the Greek on guitar and Andrew Porritt on bass. Eric is older than the other three combined yet the combination gelled going to prove that, in jazz, age or nationality is immaterial if you can do the job - these guys can!
Dimi, was on drums for Doxy and Bye Bye Blackbird with Fiona, Stu and Paul Gowland out front blowing saxes. Bulgaria can be proud of its ambassador for jazz.
Just too much happening to mention everyone - needless to say the house quartet were up for it with I Fall in Love Too Easily outstanding. Paul Gowland's take on My One and Only Love reminded me just how good a tune this is and Paul did it no harm at all - a great version. Big Joe singing All of Me, Alexis on tenor for All the Things You Are and blowing Softly as in a Morning Sunrise with the aforementioned Joe. The highs were many the lows almost nonexistent.

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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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