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Bebop Spoken There

Piers Paul Read: "Bruce Reynolds and Biggs shared an interest in Sex, Jazz and Hemingway." - (The Train Robbers by Piers Paul Read, Coronet Books 1979.)

George Shearing: "Speaking about Johann Sebastian Bach I think he'd be a real jazzer if he were alive today. I mean any man who has two wives, twenty kids, gets kicked out of the church for being too harmonically radical and drinks beer can't be all wrong can he?" - (Crescendo March 1984.)

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Today Thursday July 19

Afternoon

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Road, Holystone NE27 0DA. Tel: 266 6173. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Maine St. Jazzmen - Sunniside Social Club, Holywell Lane, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5NJ. 8:30pm. Free.

Alexys de Alfaro: Guitar Dreams with Coco Vega - Prohibition Bar, Arch 3, Brandling Street, Gateshead NE8 2BA. Doors 7:00pm. A ‘jar on the bar’ gig. Guitar & percussion.

Alter Ego - St James’ & St Basil’s Church, Fenham Hall Drive, Newcastle NE4 9EJ. 7:30pm. £10.00.

Jesse Bannister Quartet - Jazz Café, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 8:00pm. £10.00. (£8.00. concs.). JNE.

Northern Monkey Brass Band - Jubilee Park, Spennymoor DL16. 6:00-9:00pm. Free. Big BRASS Bash (Durham Brass Festival).

New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees TS18 4AW. 8:30pm.

Tees Hot Club w. Donna Hewitt (alto); Josh Bentham (tenor); Dave Archbaid (keys) - Dormans Club, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Tel: 01642 823813. 9pm. Free.

Jazz Jam - Fire Station, High Street West, Sunderland SR1 3DT. Tel: 0191 594 7241. 8pm. Free.

Billy's Buskers: Plug in and Play - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 7:00pm. Free.

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

Saturday, June 20, 2015

JazzMain @ Jazz Café - June 19











Nick Gould (ten); Steve Grossart (pno); John Hay (bs gtr); Kevin Dorrian (dms).
(Review by Lance).
Is Newcastle a jazz city? On the evidence of recent gigs I'm beginning to wonder. Last Saturday the Brian Molley Quartet drove down from Glasgow to play at the Globe. Last night, at "The Caff", JazzMain came down from Edinburgh. 
Both bands were excellent. Both audiences were prominent by their absence, only just reaching double figures on each occasion. Where were the 'fans' who pack out the fortnightly jams? Where are the students who attend the various instrumental courses peppered around the city? The hordes who attend the various festivals? Of course, they're at the Town Moor! All the fun of the fair - The Hoppings instead of the Boppings at the Pink Lane Jazzerie!
However, 'nuff said, let's get back to tonight! Four excellent jazzers fronted by Gould who blows tenor to the north of Zoot Sims and to the south of Coltrane - his God, he told us, George Coleman.
Grossart equally formidable on piano with sound backing from Dorrian and Hay - the latter playing his first gig with the band.
A good mix of standards - Sunday in New York (the Bobby Darin hit well worth reviving); Speak Low; Spring Can Really Hang You up the Most; Tangerine (famously recorded by Chet Baker as Margerine!). Jazz classics - Tin Tin Deo; Amsterdam After Dark; The Chicken to mention but some many of which feature on JazzMain's album A Sound For Sore Ears (April's CD of the Month).
As the room hotted up band jackets were removed revealing a collection of striped shirts that are probably this year's Hearts/Hibs away strips.
What a cracking evening and You missed it (and You!)
Photos.
Lance.
PS: Newcastle may have been under represented but the international ambience that the late Crombie was so proud of was maintained by the presence of a young man from Switzerland.

1 comment :

Nick Gould said...

Hey Lance, Good to see you and thank you for the review. I am sure you could see we enjoyed ourselves very much and thought the people who were there had a good time. We all have a quiet gig from time to time but to be honest it is business as usual for us. Best regards Nick

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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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