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Bebop Spoken There

Jackie McLean: “I can't understand British audiences. In Britain there doesn't seem to be any curiosity." (Melody Maker, April 1, 1961).

Charles Mingus: "It seems to me that if our records were not issued in Britain, the British cats would have to think for themselves" (Jazz News, July 26th 1961)

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Today Tuesday July 25

Evening
Misha Mullov-Abbado Sextet - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane NE25 5DW. 8pm. Free.
Charles Gordon (solo piano) - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Newcastle. 10pm - midnight. £10 & £8. JNE gig.
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Maine Street Jazzmen - Royal British Legion Club, West Jesmond Ave., Newcastle NE2 3EX. 8:30pm. £5.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Wednesday, November 04, 2015

Jazz Café Jam Session - Nov. 3

Steve Glendinning (gtr); Stu Finden (bs); Paul Wight (dms/vcl) + Fiona Finden (vcl); Marek Podstawek (dms/vcl/melodica); Matthew MacKellar (dms); Dawn Furness (pno/vcl); Bradley Johnston (gtr); Bob Smeaton (pno); John Pope (bs).
(Review by Lance)
Tonight jazz lived up to Whitney Balliett's oft quoted description as The Sound of Surprise. There were a few!
It all began quite sedately with a different house trio to that of recent weeks. Not that this was a Capital Cup selection, Glendinning, Wight and saxophonist Stu (on bass this week) all ace players.
All Blues; Stella by Starlight; Polka Dots and Moonbeams; All the Things You Are set the scene for Fiona to chant What is This Thing Called Love and You Don't Know What Love is. Also on stage was a different drummer who knew a thing or two. This was Marek Podstawek a Polish musician, living in Australia but passing through Newcastle, check him out playing drums on YouTube  and on keyboards
Young Matt MacKellar took over on drums for Four and Triste but our Polish visiter wasn't done yet!
With Dawn Furness occupying the piano stool he joined in on melodica for Night and Day then an amazing vocal chorus or two on the same tune. This incorporated a scatting blast - at least I think it was scat, it may have been Polish! Multi talented guy.
More talent when Bradley took over on guitar for Have You Met Miss Jones; Wave and Things Ain't What They Used to be.
More surprises. A new pianist - new to Newcastle that is - Bob Smeaton from York. Liz, our lady in York tells me Bob is a friend of her brother, guitarist Ron Goodall. Wish I'd had the opportunity to chat with him. When I heard the traditional piano intro to Nina Simone's My Baby Just Cares For me I wondered who was going sing it. Paul Wight, no less! He did good! As did Bob on piano. Fiona returned for a blast on Bernie's Tune, Dawn sang Bye Bye Blackbird and John Pope went on bass for Beautiful Love and I went for the bus - no reflection on the music.
Another amazing evening!
Photos.
Lance.

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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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