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Bebop Spoken There

Cécile McLorin Salvant: “I feel like once the song is gone, it’s gone. Music is the fleeting art form – it should be.”(Down Beat October 2017).

John Beasley: “So many jazz band leaders nowadays, they really want to plan out their sets. I came up with guys that read the crowd.” – (Jazz Journal October 2017)

Today Friday November 24

Afternoon
Rendezvous Jazz - The Monkseaton Arms, Front St., Monkseaton, Whitley Bay NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free.

Graham Hardy & Paul Edis @ Gala Theatre, Millennium Place, Durham DH1 1WA. 03000 266 600. 1:00pm. £5.00.

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Evening

Sandrani - Jazz Café, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 8:45pm. £10.00. & £8.00. JNE Women Make Music.

Swamp Hoppers - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

Skidoo 52: The Joint Is Jumpin’ - Middleton & Tonbridge Village Hall, Middleton, Morpeth NE61 4RA. 01670 772600. 7:30pm. £8.00. adult, £4.00. child.

Rendezvous Jazz - Riverdale Hall Country House Hotel, Bellingham NE48 2JT. 01434 435402. Three-day event, two night stay £164.00.pp, band performing evening Friday 24 & Saturday 25.

Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7pm.

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

Wednesday, June 03, 2015

Jazz Café Jam - June 2.

(Review by Lance)
The listing below is from memory - In my rush to catch the 22:57 Metro and to savour the last few bars of whatever it was they were blowing, I left my notepad behind me so I'm busking this one!
However, like all jams at "The Caff", it was memorable enough for me to be able to paint the scene despite, at times, the stage area being more populated than the Central Station. Instruments at the ready, they awaited the call.
The house quartet  gave a Wave  before we were off to The Sunny Side of the Street. Ray Johnson, having drove both trumpet and flugel down from Rothbury leaped in - somewhat prematurely! However, afterwards he produced a couple of interesting charts that had everyone on their metal, none more so than Bradley Johnston who was dealt a Bb part!
Brown Junior took over on piano, Brown Senior spelled Grainger on bass, the not yet departed for Japan Yuya, sat in on drums on drums and Tom Lapworth moved in on guitar for A Night in Tunisia.
More comings and goings.
Falconi stepped up to the keyboard.  When the Signor from Sienna (or wherever!) goes into play mode not only do you get the jazz but you get all the emotions too. This is a soul in torment searching for freedom his body language, the facial expressions are those of a man on a mission - is it the lost chord, the holy grail or the secrets of the universe? Whatever, when he finds it his face erupts into a smile of satisfaction.
And so the drama unfolded - drummers and guitarists galore! Saxophones to the fore, Musos from out of the area, even one from Bulgaria, Japan and Italy, Jesmond and Whitley it all happened here tonight!
Lance.
Jazz Café photos.
Peter Gilligan (pno); Paul Grainger (bs); Bradley Johnston (gtr); Paul Wight (dms) + Ray Johnson (tpt); Joel Brown (pno); 'Papa' Brown (bs); Tom Lapworth (gtr)' Yuya Honami (dms); Francesco Falconi (pno); Rob Bates (dms); Thanos (gtr); Dan Foote (dms); Jordan Alfonso (alt); Paul Gowland (alt); Nick Gould (ten); Dimi (dms); Ian Forbes (dms); John Pope (bs) - there may have been others, apologies if I've missed you.

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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.
The idea of this blog is for you to share your thoughts and pass on your comments on discs, gigs, jazz - music in general. If you've been to a gig/concert or heard a CD that knocked you sideways please share your views with us. Tell us about your favourites, your memories, your dislikes.
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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