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Bebop Spoken There

Piers Paul Read: "Bruce Reynolds and Biggs shared an interest in Sex, Jazz and Hemingway." - (The Train Robbers by Piers Paul Read, Coronet Books 1979.)

George Shearing: "Speaking about Johann Sebastian Bach I think he'd be a real jazzer if he were alive today. I mean any man who has two wives, twenty kids, gets kicked out of the church for being too harmonically radical and drinks beer can't be all wrong can he?" - (Crescendo March 1984.)

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Today Thursday July 19

Afternoon

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

Evening

Maine St. Jazzmen - Sunniside Social Club, Holywell Lane, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5NJ. 8:30pm. Free.

Alexys de Alfaro: Guitar Dreams with Coco Vega - Prohibition Bar, Arch 3, Brandling Street, Gateshead NE8 2BA. Doors 7:00pm. A ‘jar on the bar’ gig. Guitar & percussion.

Alter Ego - St James’ & St Basil’s Church, Fenham Hall Drive, Newcastle NE4 9EJ. 7:30pm. £10.00.

Jesse Bannister Quartet - Jazz Café, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 8:00pm. £10.00. (£8.00. concs.). JNE.

Northern Monkey Brass Band - Jubilee Park, Spennymoor DL16. 6:00-9:00pm. Free. Big BRASS Bash (Durham Brass Festival).

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

Tees Hot Club w. Donna Hewitt (alto); Josh Bentham (tenor); Dave Archbaid (keys) - Dormans Club, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Tel: 01642 823813. 9pm. Free.

Jazz Jam - Fire Station, High Street West, Sunderland SR1 3DT. Tel: 0191 594 7241. 8pm. Free.

Billy's Buskers: Plug in and Play - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 7:00pm. Free.

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

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Jazz Café Jam Session - Oct. 19

(Review by Lance).
18 and counting! Last night was one of those nights when everybody and their grandmother were there. On stage the age range went from 13 to infinity and they came from Norway and America as well as Durham, Sunderland and points west.
I Thought About You and Someday My Prince Will Come by the house trio set the ball rolling. They were on fire from bar one and it served as an appetising taster for tonight's Cherry Tree gig by Peter, Paul and Steve Glendinning (guitar).
From now on, with a few exceptions, it was New Faces - some barely reached puberty!
Ben Dovinson blew Misty. Nervous at first but, by his next number, was it Blue Bossa? he'd gained confidence and justified the applause given.
From Norway came Arvid Nordhus, a bluesman playing harmonica and shouting Summertime like as though he was from the Mississippi delta. Bradley on guitar for this one.
Next it was Stu Finden on double bass, Paul Gowland, alto, Fiona Finden, voice and Dylan Thompson on drums.
Thompson played with a drive that belied his 13 years - this guy will go far!
And so the night rolled on. Dylan's brother Alex - all of 15 - played alto, 14 year old Nathan Lawson was on guitar. All three had been heard by Russell busking outside Fenwick's and responded to his invitation to jam bringing, seemingly, a bus load of supporters.
Matt Jacobs took over the piano stool and gave us an idea of what to expect on Friday night at Pizza Express, Dean St., Newcastle where the Matt Jacobs Trio open up a monthly jazz gig (8pm). Rob Bates played drums as did Nick Kalenak. Nick majored in the USA and is going on to Leeds to do a master's degree. Former hit man of the Durham University Big Band Duncan Walker played soprano as did Fiona and the evening drew to a close with Steve and Joel Brown on bass and piano respectively.
What a night and what a lot of talent there is around these days!
 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zwVDkaLEBSw 
Lance.
Peter Gilligan (pno); Paul Grainger (bs); Russ Morgan (dms) + Ben Dovinson (tmb); Bradley Johnston (gtr); Arvid Nordhus (hca/vcl);  Stu Finden (bs); Fiona Finden (vcl/sop); Dylan Thompson (dms); Rob Bates (dms); Matt Jacobs (pno); Nathan Lawson (gtr); Alex Thompson (alt); Duncan Walker (sop); Nick Kalenak (dms); Paul Gowland (alt); Joel Brown (pno); Steve Brown (bs).

2 comments :

Keith Thompson said...

Many thanks Russell, for suggesting Alex, Nathan & Dylan come along and Play, they loved it! Here's slink to Work Song from last night https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zwVDkaLEBSw

Russell said...

A really good night from young Dylan, Alex and Nathan to Matt to Joel and everyone else!

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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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