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Bebop Spoken There

Les Paul: "Okay so you make great sounds. The people you're playing for, they work all day, they don't go to music schools and study harmony. They pay their dough, they come in, they listen. If they don't understand what you're doing, they walk out. What are you supposed to do, tie 'em with a rope whilst you explain you're playing great music?" - (Down Beat June 15, 1951).

Jack Perciful: "Unless you're playing somewhere like Carnegie Hall, in the States, the piano is the last thing they buy. When they've got ten dollars left over they go buy a piano." - (Crescendo October 1971.)

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Sunday May 28

Afternoon.
Harambee Pasadia - See RH Column.
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Mark Williams (solo guitar) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 12:30pm. Free.
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Northumberland Park, Tynemouth Rd., Tynemouth NE30 2HA. 3pm. 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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Evening
Cancelled! Young Musicians Jam Session - Quakerhouse, Mechanics' Yard, Darlington DL3 7QF. 6pm. Cancelled!
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Billy Bootleggers All Star House Band w. Teresa Watson - Billy Bootleggers - 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.
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Monday, September 28, 2015

Jazz Co-op @ The Globe: Bradley Johnston Quartet - September 26

Bradley Johnston (guitar); Pete Gilligan (keys); Paul Grainger (bass); Tim Johnston (no relation, drums)
(Review by Ann Alex/Photo by Roly Veitch from recent Blaydon gig.).
Many of you will have enjoyed hearing this quartet as part of the Jazz Cafe Tuesday jam sessions.  Imagine this same band, but with their performance upped by about 200 per cent, and you’ll have an idea of last night’s gig, which attracted a large audience.  A gig of standards, bop and the occasional original tune, long accomplished solos (I noticed lots of wonderfully bent notes on guitar and bass), with arresting sudden endings to some tunes, enough to make the audience sit up a bit straighter in their seats.
It was right in with Have You Met Miss Jones?, led by guitar, solos all round, and 4s on the drums, and drummers usually have to wait through quite a few tunes before they get their special moment, but not in this band.  Then came a boppy Doxy which was when I noticed all the lovely bendy notes; an original called Pat’s Waltz, then Falling Grace and a tuneful serene rendering of Ellington’s In A Sentimental Mood.  There followed two up tempo numbers for contrast, There’ll Never Be Another You and a Latin tune, Michel Petruciani’s Looking Up
The second set gave us 6 tunes and an encore demanded by the audience, starting with All The Things You Are; during In A Mellow Tone, someone remarked that the long bass solo was the best solo he’d ever heard Paul G play; I noticed some interesting quirky tones from the guitar as well.  There followed Joy Spring; the classic All Blues, with Peter at the top end of the piano, marvellous fast notes, so high up that I was wondering if he was playing some notes right off the top end that only dogs could hear!  Next came Charlie Parker’s Donna Lee, which had been included at Pete’s suggestion, ended by one of those sudden stops which I mentioned earlier.  The last number was John McKee, and the encore was a fast and furious Scrapple From The Apple.
A very enjoyable evening’s music, with quite a few tunes which were new (to me at any rate) which increases my listening repertoire nicely.
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.
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