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Ernie Wilkins: “If you don't look at the liner notes, you don't know who in the hell it is. Everybody sounds alike, that same million-note approach. Faceless.” – (Crescendo November 1975).

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Ben Williams: “A lot of jazz today has developed this allergy to simplicity. ‘If it’s simple, that means it’s not hip’ is a theme. But sometimes the simplest thing you can do is the hippest thing you can do.” – (Down Beat August 2015).

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Archives.

Today Wednesday March 22

Afternoon.
Vieux Carre Jazzmen - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
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Evening.
Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. £1. 8pm.
Paul Skerritt Band - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 7:30pm. No cover charge.
Levee Ramblers NOJB - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:30pm. £3.00.
John Harle and Steve Lodder - Royal Grammar School, Eskdale Tce., Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 4DX. 7pm. £20 & £10. 60th birthday tour for RGS alumnus Harl.
Chris Sharkey Trio - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £4.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Monday, September 28, 2015

House of the Black Gardenia @ The Globe. September 27

Bobbi Charleston (washboard & vocals), Richard Burns (trumpet), David Gray (trombone), Wayne Keith (clarinet, tenor saxophone & flute), Ben Imrye (piano), Jack Foster (banjo & guitar), Neil Hopper (double bass & sousaphone) & Kit Haigh (drums) + Katja Roberts (violin)
(Review by Russell)
September’s ‘vintage jazz’ night at the Globe presented something markedly different to the norm…the musicians on the bandstand were in their twenties with maybe one or two just the wrong side of thirty. No, your correspondent wasn’t under the influence, ne’er a drop. The House of the Black Gardenia is a band of young, talented musicians playing a music created some sixty or seventy years before anyone of them were born. Indeed few, if any, of their parents would have been born!
Washboard was the focal point of the evening (Are you sure you weren’t p*****? Ed). A qualification is required – the fabulous Bobbi Charleston was the focal point. This young lady has star appeal, a great voice, a presence. Baby Don’t Tear My Clothes, one of many vocal numbers during the evening, illustrated Charleston’s spot-on delivery, as did Viper Mad, and how the girl knew about Jelly Roll is anyone’s guess! Viper Mad evoked an era of the speakeasy, flappers and floozies. Ms Charleston and the boys in the band made the effort by dressing for the occasion, as did the audience – a predominately young audience dancing to each and every tune. All had their dancing shoes on – quite literally. Boy, they could dance! Making them take to the floor was the music (vipers David Gray trombone – slide and valve! and reeds man Wayne Keith).
Slow Drag Blues featured the impressive Richard Burns (trumpet) and pianist Ben Imrye. Great feel to it, the band on the money. The boys in the engine room didn’t flag all night; Jack Foster (guitar and banjo), Neil Hopper (double bass and sousaphone) and Kit Haigh (drums) were the business. The original, darker version of Why Don’t You Do Right? was sleazily slow (Keith, clarinet). All the while the dancers shimmied and Bobbi Charleston opined: I Wish I Could Shimmie Like My Sister Kate. Kate must be one hell of a mover! Oh, speaking of movers…Katja Roberts joined the band for one number playing violin. A fine player, but just the one tune – she spent the rest of the night on the dance floor. What a fabulous dancer! Damn these two left feet!
This Newcastle Jazz Co-op gig at the Globe ticked all the boxes – a friendly crowd, great atmosphere, superb dancers and a fabulous band. Next month’s vintage session – Sunday 27 October – features Dave Rae’s Levee Ramblers. Doors at seven, band on before eight. Five pounds, bargain.
Russell.                    

2 comments :

  1. Pity I was laid up with a chest infection. Obviously I missed something good!

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  2. Me too - I was laid up with two wee grandsons to look after!! I mustn't miss the band the next time they're here .....

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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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