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Bebop Spoken There

Sonny Rollins: "I work very hard. I wear out suits playing." - (Downbeat May 29, 1969.)

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Bob Brookmeyer: "The group's philosophy? We're saving to buy new uniforms - the ties wore out." - (Crescendo March 1965).

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Today Tuesday March 28

Jonathan Silk's Fragment Quartet - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £10/£8. JNE/Schmazz gig.
Maine Street Jazzmen - Royal British Legion Club, West Jesmond ave., Newcastle NE2 3EX. 8:30pm. £5.
Charles Gordon (solo piano) - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Newcastle. 10pm - midnight. Free.
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Northern Monkey Brass Band - The Fox, West End Tce., Hexham NE46 3DB. 9pm.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Monday, December 21, 2015

The BB Quartet with James Birkett @ Blaydon Jazz Club – Dec 20

Roly Veitch (guitar & vocals), Jeremy McMurray (piano), Neil Harland (double bass) & David Francis (drums) with James Birkett (guitar)
(Review by Russell/photos by Russell & Kathy M)
Blaydon Jazz Club’s Christmas party at the Black Bull attracted the regulars and they did themselves proud in providing a sumptuous DIY buffet. Then there was the music: a jazz club known across the region, and beyond, for its unfailing commitment to swinging jazz welcomed erstwhile club pianist Jeremy McMurray, the always welcome Neil Harland (a musician’s musician), drummer David Francis and special guest James Birkett (guitar).
Roly Veitch’s inimitable vocals opened the first set on I’ve Got a Date with an Angel. An encapsulation of Blaydon Jazz Club in one tune; respect for the melody, first rate intimate musicianship, a listening audience. The Days of Wine and Roses, Autumn Leaves (Jeremy McMurray and James Birkett solos) and I’m Old Fashioned – staples at Blaydon, hear the tunes elsewhere and one thinks ‘Blaydon Jazz Club’. James Birkett’s incomparable guitar playing featured on Doxy and the quintet shone in closing the first set with Nature Boy.
The interval buffet was of such proportions that Black Bull patrons in the bar were lucky recipients of an unexpected feast! Much chatter, catching-up and talk of next year.
The second set resumed with the guitar duo of Veitch and Birkett. All of Me then I Can’t Get Started enthralled. Some could listen to an entire evening of jazz guitar, your Bebop Spoken Here correspondent included. Messrs McMurray, Harland and Francis returned to the stage, the quintet conferred and settled on a blues in F. They made it look easy, it was fantastic, that’s for sure! Dr Birkett suggested Come Get to This. A raised eyebrow or two as the sheet music was handed out, Birkett said ‘shuffle funk’. They proceeded to shuffle the funk – these guys can play anything! From 70s retro funk to a 1920 Broadway show – Look for the Silver Lining from Sally (Francis using brushes). The party drew to a close with another Sonny Rollins’ number. Oleo never fails.
Photos.      
Russell.

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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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