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Bebop Spoken There

Jackie McLean: “I can't understand British audiences. In Britain there doesn't seem to be any curiosity." (Melody Maker, April 1, 1961).

Charles Mingus: "It seems to me that if our records were not issued in Britain, the British cats would have to think for themselves" (Jazz News, July 26th 1961)

Archives.

Today Thursday July 27

Afternoon
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Rd., nr. Newcastle NE27 0DA. 1:oopm. Free.
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Tyne Valley Jazzmen - No 1 Champagne Bar, 1 Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL4 7 NJ 12:30pm. Free.
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Evening.
Strictly Smokin' Big Band - The Millstone, Haddricks Mill Rd., South Gosforth NE3 3DB. 7pm. Cancelled for pub refurbishment. Back August 31.
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Alter Ego - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8pm. £5.
Jo Harrop & Paul Edis - The Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm
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Maine Street Jazzmen - Potter's Wheel, Sunniside NE16 5EE, 8:30pm. Free.
Ray Johnson & Richard Herdman - Prohibition Bar, Arch 3, Brandling St., Gateshead NE2 2BA. 8pm. Free.
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Paul Skerritt Band - The Pennyweight, Bakehouse Hill, Darlington DL1 5QA. 9pm. Free.
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Tees Hot Club w. Kevin Eland (tpt); Donna Hewitt (alto); Graham Thompson (keys); Mark Hawkins (drums) - Dormans, Oxford Rd., Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Free. 9pm.
Pocket Jazz Orchestra "Jazz & Tapas" - No 60, Arc, Dovecote St., Stockton TS18 1LL 7pm. £10.
New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton TS18 4AW. 8:30pm.01642 678129.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Pilgrim Street Set @ Hoochie Coochie. July 9

Richard Burns (trumpet), Gary Turner (tenor saxophone), Mark Williams (guitar), Paul Susans (bass) & Rob Walker (drums)
(Review by Russell/Photo from a previous gig.)
Cocktails, continental beers, Gregory Porter on screen, the Pilgrim Street Set were ready to go. Guitarist Mark Williams in for the absent Paul Edis, the hottest funkin’ band in the known universe tore it up. The second Thursday in the month residents play for fun, play for the Hoochie Coochie regulars, everyone has a good time.
Wayne Shorter, Peter Erskine, Eddie Harris and a few originals. Pulsating jazz funk, Paul Susans and Rob Walker the band’s bass and drums fulcrum, Burns and Turner the power-house front line. The depping Mark Williams went into overdrive from the off – towering solos, matched by the massive sound of Gary Turner’s tenor. Richard Burns towered over everyone (the trumpeter is a six foot plus Aussie!) and he too scaled new heights – strong solos time and again.
Freedom Jazz Dance and a Susans’ original were but two of many highlights. As a tribute to the late Ornette Coleman the band played Ramblin’. This wasn’t an act of opportunism by the Pilgrim Street Set, the tune has been in the pad from day one. Gary Turner’s tunes are always worth hearing; on this gig he dug out Armadillo and Conkers – or was it titled Conquers? Conquers would, perhaps, be apposite as he (Turner) and the band beat off all challengers!
Next month, Thursday 13th, eight o’clock. Free admission. 
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.
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.)
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