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Bebop Spoken There

Alan Luff: “The general view is that Ella’s songbook recordings are the supreme exemplars of sophistication, fine diction and creative voice in the wide field of popular music.” – (Jazz Journal May 2017).

Steve Voce: “Most of us have been crashed into by cretins who walk along the road absorbed in the screens of their mobile phones.” – (Jazz Journal May 2017).

Today Monday May 22

Afternoon.
Jazz in the Afternoon - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
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Evening.
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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.
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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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