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Bebop Spoken There

Sonny Rollins: "I work very hard. I wear out suits playing." - (Downbeat May 29, 1969.)

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Bob Brookmeyer: "The group's philosophy? We're saving to buy new uniforms - the ties wore out." - (Crescendo March 1965).

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Archives.

Today Sunday March 26

Afternoon.
Ralph Keeley (solo piano) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 12:30pm. Free.
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Blues @ The Bay - Tanner Smith's 17-19 South Parade, Whitley Bay NE26 2RE, 0191 2525941. 4pm. Free. Blues jam w. Scott Wall & Charlie Philp.
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Musicians Unlimited - Park Hotel, Park Rd., Hartlepool TS26 9HU. 01249 233126.1pm. Free.
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The Blitz Sisters - The Exchange, Howard St., North Shields NE30 1SE. 1pm. £20 inc. Afternoon tea.
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More Jam - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 3pm. Open jam session. Free.
Evening
Dougie Pugh Quartet - Quakerhouse, Mechanics Yard, Darlington DL3 7QF. 6pm. £5.

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

Monday, August 03, 2015

Jazz Co-op @ The Globe: Williams/Tanton Quartet. August 1

Mark Williams (guitar); Peter Tanton (trumpet, flugelhorn); John Pope (bass); Russ Morgan (drums)
(Review by Ann Alex).
A sterling performance, no doubt about it.  Musicians at the top of their game, and very entertaining, from the bass opening to You Don’t Smile Any More, right through to Mark Williams composition Booze Blues. If this is what drink can do for you, give me 3 pints of cider now!
Quite a few of the numbers were Williams originals, such as There, There, There, which, Tanton usefully informed us, was based on the rhythm changes chord sequences, for the benefit of the people who’d been to the workshop earlier in the day. (see below).  Tubes, another Williams composition, was really fun, with a rocky guitar opening, then the trumpet soloing to steady riffs from the others, then back to rock guitar with military beats from the drums, a drum and bass call and response duet, Pope beating on the wooden sides of the bass, all ending with a little whimper from the trumpet.  Follow that! They did, with a blues which they couldn’t name, but it featured rich, strong, guitar chords, whatever it was.
Other tunes included Turf War (‘a jazz waltz with many key changes’, said Tanton in tutorial mode once more); a wonderfully gentle Lately I’ve Been Lonely; Gregory’s Here (Horace Silver). Definitely a band worth hearing again.
Some of the participants of the jazz course which took place at the Globe over the weekend provided a pre-gig jam, assisted by Pete Tanton and John Pope.  We had:
Ken Pierce (alto sax); Jeff Smith (tenor sax); Stephen Brown (tenor sax); Andrew Guerin (trumpet); Roy Stephenson (guitar); Max Goodall (piano); Derek Heather (drums); Ann Alex (vocals).
Our tunes included Summertime (with vocals, sorry Lance, not your favourite song!); Cataloupe Island; My Funny Valentine.  I think we did well, at least I know from the workshop that there were some very competent musicians who are already playing in bands.  People to watch for the future!
Ann Alex

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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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