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Danny Gatton: "I was tired of playing in beer joints. I wanted to do something tangible like building cars. But once you do music it gets into your blood. You can get away from it for awhile but sooner or later it comes back to you." - (Down Beat April 1991).

Tal Farlow: "There were times when I would stop [playing guitar] and do sign painting." - (Downbeat December 5, 1963)

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Today Wednesday August 23

Afternoon
Vieux Carre Jazzmen - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
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Evening.
New Orleans Jazz at the Village Hall - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Rd., Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:15pm. £3.
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Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. £1. 8pm.
Billy's Acoustic Blues - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free (weekly).
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Wednesday, March 02, 2016

Jazz Café Jam - March 1.

(Review by Lance)
Like the custodians of the law, our jazz musicians seem to get younger - and better! Tonight saw the emerged and the emerging talents of Bradley, Matt, Joel, Jordan, Charlie Philp - making his Jazz Café debut - and Nick Kalanek all providing proof that the future is in good hands.
However, it's Gilligan, Grainger and Rob Walker who set the pace with A Beautiful Friendship and Emily as well as a couple I didn't recognise. Follow that, was the silent thought that pervaded.
Step up Bradley. Despite his youth, he now seems to have been around forever and the maturity of his playing said likewise. Things Ain't What They Used To Be, the good old Johnny Hodges blues, settled into a nice groove before a Bradley original - Waltz For Jackie. Some conjecture as to who the mysterious Jackie was. Someone suggested Jackie Milburn but, as the footballer died before Bradley was born it's unlikely - particularly as Bradley's from Sunderland!
Matt MacKellar replaced Walker, Gilligan retired, Grainger remained, the trio revitalised All the Things You Are and Stella by Starlight - and the audience reacted [favourably].
Enter Brown junior and Brown senior for Caravan, Miss Jones and Dolphin Dance. Young Brown, who must be all of 16 by now seems to be moving from his earlier Hines, Wilson influences to a more Monkish, Jarrett approach.  Pops on bass not only plays the notes but enacts them with facial expressions and bodily movement. Never a dull moment!
By now the room was, pardon the pun, jam-packed as instruments were being unpacked. Jordan Alfonso blew some fine bebop alto, Fransesco Falconi played No More Blues Charlie Philp added guitar to the mix and Paul Gowland swung in on So What? (I think).
The microphone was plugged in and Lindsay Hannon was switched on for That Old Feeling with David Gray sliding in on Cheek to Cheek. Nick Kalanek played drums, Falconi returned to the upright and the strains of Beautiful Love drifted down Pink Lane as I reluctantly left. Time, tide and the 27 bus wait for no man.
Photos.
Lance.    
Pete Gilligan (pno); Paul Grainger (bs); Rob Walker (dms) + Bradley Johnston (gtr); Matt MacKellar (dms); Joel Brown (pno); Steve Brown (bs); Jordan Alfonso (alt); Francesco Falconi (pno); Paul Gowland (alt); Charlie Philp (gtr); David Gray (tmb); Lindsay Hannon (vcl); Nick Kalanek (dms).


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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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