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Bebop Spoken There

Artie Shaw: “I'm not interested in giving people what they want--I'm interested in making music.” – (DownBeat October 15, 1939).

Jason Marsalis: “There's so many places that this music can go and there's a lot yet to be discovered.'” – (DownBeat April 2018)

Today Sunday March 18


Musicians Unlimited - Park Inn, Park Road, Hartlepool TS26 9HU. Tel: 01429 233126. 12 noon. Free.

Jason Isaacs & the Ambassadors of Swing - Hoochie Coochie, Pilgrim Street, Newcastle NE1 6SF. Tel: 0191 222 0130. 5:30pm (doors 4:00pm). £16.00.

Revolutionaires - Tyne Bar, Maling St, Newcastle NE6 1LP. 3pm. Free.

Somethin’ Blue - Vesuvio, 3a Houndgate, Darlington DL1 5RL. 5:00pm. Tel: 01325 788564. Matt Case (saxophone) & Mike Hepple (guitar).


POSTPONED DUE TO WEATHER! Zoë Gilby Quartet - Black Bull, Bridge Street, Blaydon NE21 4JJ. 8:00pm. £5.00. Rescheduled August 19.

Alter Ego - The Globe, 11 Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £5.00.

Bradley Johnston - The Fire Station, High Street West, Sunderland SR1 3DT. Tel: 0191 594 7241. 6:00pm. Free. New weekly residency.

Gypsy Dave Smith - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

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

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Alice Grace Quintet @ Jazz Café - Jan. 26.

Alice Grace (vcl); Paul Gowland (ten/alt/sop); Pete Gilligan (pno); Paul Grainger (bs); Russ Morgan (dms).
(Review by Lance/photo courtesy of Mike Tilley).
Second gig in nine days for the quintet - I'd have been even happier if it had been the second gig in two days!
Like the Hoochie Coochie session a week gone Sunday this was another memorable occasion both visually and aurally. I say visually, not only because of the killer heels and the traffic stopping dress that Ms Grace had had painted on but also the changed appearance of drummer Morgan. Amazing what wonders a tonsorial artist can perform.
Aurally, there was also much musical artistry going on.
Just as Alice gave a lift to Love You Didn't Do Right by me, at Hoochie (reprised again last night), She also came up with a song from Doris Day's first film - Romance on the High Seas - It's You or No One. The film was also shown as It's Magic and that's what this was, pure magic. In particular, the Lee Konitz related unison passage between singer and sax that rounded the piece off.
So many highlights that I'd run out of superlatives if I tried to list them all; suffice to say that the tribute to you know who, Is There Life on Mars? done with just voice and piano, was right up there.
Morgan's hand drumming on Secret Love, the fours between alto and voice then voice and bass on When Lights Are Low, the scat chorus à la Sarah Vaughan on If I Knew Then What I Know Now, Gilligan's sympathetic accompaniment to Autumn Nocturne, Grainger's beard... all worthy of being noted.
This is one band that just gets better and better.

1 comment :

Patti D (on F/b) said...

It was a fabulous gig - Alice and all the guys were brilliant!

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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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