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Bebop Spoken There

Buddy Rich: "You either swing a band or you don't swing a band - (Metronome April 1956).

Sinclair Traill: “Well I don't think he (Chet Baker) can sing either.” – (Jazz Journal August 1956).

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Lance

Today December 14

Afternoon

Interim Recitals (Final Year Music Students) - Recital Room, Armstrong Building, Newcastle University NE1 7RU. Inc. Ben Richardson (jazz piano) 10:00am.

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Road, Holystone NE27 0DA. Tel: 266 6173. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Christmas Swing w Danny Reed - Customs House, Mill Dam, South Shields NE33 1ES. 7:00pm. £18.95.

Indigo Jazz Voices - The Globe, 11 Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £5.00.

New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees TS18 4AW. 8:30pm.

Maine Street Jazzmen - Potter’s Wheel, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5EE. Tel: 0191 488 8068. 8:30pm. Free.

Tees Hot Club w. guests - Dorman’s Club, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Tel: 01642 823813. 8:30pm. Free.

Durham University Big Band - Riverside Bar, Dunelm House, New Elvet, Durham DH1 3AN. 8:30pm (doors 8:00pm). Free admission. The band’s ‘Jazzy Christmas 5’.

WCEA Big Band - Whitburn Church of England Academy, Whitburn SR6 7EF. Tel: 0191 529 3712. 7:00-9:30pm. £4.00. (£10.00. family of three). Tickets must be purchased in advance by December 8th. ‘Christmas Swing-a-long’ to include school choir. Whitburn Academy competes regularly at the annual Great North Big Band Jazz Festival.

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

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Gerry Richardson Quartet @ the Jazz Café - Oct. 23

Gerry Richardson (Hammond SK2/vcl); Garry Linsley (alt); Rod Sinclair (gtr); Paul Smith (dms).
(Review by Lance).
This was an unusual gig, no ipads or tablets just good old fashioned ms paper and ears. Good to hear Garry Linsley again, it had been awhile, he still blows some of the most blistering alto around without losing the melodic touch, Likewise Rod Sinclair, on Telecaster tonight, fusing jazz, rock and blues licks into a funky, soulful blend. Paul Smith drove the train (Trane?) along powerhouse style slotting in solos and breaks dynamically. The build up to his solo in African Sunset was masterly. As for Gerry, well, he is surely at the top of his game. Much has been said about being the best Hammond operator north of Watford Gap. I'd have added east of Detroit to that too. The original All About McGriff proved that. He uses the bass pedals as good as anyone and better than most. To me, an organist without a bass pedal board is like a violinist using only 3 strings. 
Material included Mose Allison's Everybody's Cryin' Mercy; Steve Kuhn's Chicken Feathers (that was one chicken that got well and truly plucked!); The Crusaders' Soul Shadows; a Billy Preston number the name of which I didn't catch; I Put a Spell on You and Joe Zawinul's Mercy, Mercy, Mercy. There was more but the Metro waits for no one so it was with great reluctance that I departed.
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Earlier, my intention had been to kickstart the evening at Pizza Express in Dean St. (Newcastle) but, confronted with steep stairs to the jazz room, I chickened out knowing that there were more stairs facing me at the Jazz Café. My loss as I was really looking forward to hearing Matt Jacobs again and showing support for a new venue. Maybe next time. At least there's a lift at The Globe for tonight's Jazz Coop gig by Alter Ego.
Lance.

2 comments :

Russell said...

There was indeed more. Freddie King's The Stumble closed the show. For an encore, Jimmy Smith took us Back to the Chicken Shack.

Patti D. said...

Ah, shame on me - for booking my taxi too early! Anyway, we've got Gerry's Hoochie Coochie gig in November to look forward too .....

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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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