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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).

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Bebop Spoken Here is currently listed at number 22 in the WORLD JAZZ BLOG Rankings!

Today Thursday May 25

Afternoon
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - The Holystone, Whitley Rd., Holystone, Newcastle (ish) NE27 0DA. 1pm. Free.
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Evening.
Strictly Smokin' Big Band - Millstone, Haddricks Mill Rd., South Gosforth NE3 3DB. 7pm. Free.
Maine St. Jazzmen - Potters Wheel, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5EE. 8:30pm. 0191 4888068.
Dulcie May Moreno - Bar Loco, Leazes Park Rd., Newcastle NE1 4PG. 8pm? Free? 0191 2325871 to confirm times etc.
Ray Johnson/Richard Herdman - Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8pm. £5.
Babmus - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £3/£2 (students/MU).
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Doo Wop Dollies - Queen's Hall, Beaumont St., Hexham NE46 3LS. 8pm. £10. 01434 652477.
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Tees Hot Club w. Richie Emmerson (tenor); Kevin Eland (trumpet); Ted Pearce (keys); Mark Hawkins (drums) - Dorman's, Oxford Rd., Middlesbrough. 9pm. Free.
New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - The Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees. 8:30pm.
Pocket Jazz Orchestra - Ship, Church Lane, Redmarshall, Stockton TS21 1EP. Free. 8:00PM.
Paul Skerritt Band - Pennyweight, Bakehouse Hill, Darlington DL1 5QA. 7pm. £25 (3 course meal inc.)
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Sunday, August 09, 2015

Mark Williams & Joel McCullough @ The Jazz Café. August 8

Mark Williams (guitar) & Joel McCullough (guitar)
(Review by Russell).
Friends from way back, Irishmen Mark Williams and Joel McCullough hooked up once again to play some jazz guitar together at their old haunt, the Jazz Café on Pink Lane. A small number of jazz guitar enthusiasts took their seats as the duo began with Stella By Starlight.
The seated Williams and McCullough complemented one another stylistically; Williams’ intricate harmonic progressions, McCullough’s linear lines light of touch. Rhythm duties shared, the duo developed solos in turn. A mutual appreciation of Steve Swallow’s tunes saw two such in the set. Jokingly Williams enquired: Why are we playing a bass player’s tune? Swallow’s compositions – Falling Grace and Ladies in Mercedes – were given due respect, the musicianship of a high order.
Tadd Dameron’s Lady Bird stood out, McCullough finding his way around the fret board with ease, then doing it all again taking a different route. There There There, a Williams’ original composition, unsurprisingly posed few problems to the composer (!), his partner took a look at it and got it, the duo dovetailing to great effect. The Saturday night crowd grew in number and, in due course, the voluble were clearly audible. The few enthusiasts weren’t about to allow their concentration to be broken and right on cue a major highlight came in the form of Joe Henderson’s The Inner Urge. Gargantuan playing from both men appreciated by those with (non-cloth) ears. The set concluded in a blues vein; Gee Baby, Ain’t I Good to You? Two friends playing jazz guitar, entirely non-competitively. A night for the enthusiast.     
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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