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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.

Friday, March 11, 2016

The Jazz Clams @ The Globe - March 10.

David Keighley (saxes); Thomas MacMillan (gtr); Adrian Sander (bs gtr); Ben Grant (dms).
(Review by Lance).
The Jazz Clams - wherever did they get the name from?! - is in effect the DB Project in meltdown mode, Instead of going for the jugular the Clams take a marginally softer approach digging, not too deeply, into the GASbook along with some well-known jazz standards.

Summertime; Little Sunflower; In a Sentimental Mood; Black Orpheus; Misty; Stolen Moments and Take the L Train plus one other, the name of which I didn't catch, comprised the first set. With the exception of L Train. on which Keighley blew soprano, all were played on tenor, The man's a fluent saxophonist leaping around the horn like a potential Gold Cup winner at Cheltenham and breathing new life into the over-familiar material. My only reservation was the excessive amount of reverb or indeed why, in such a small room with a single figure audience, did he need to be miked up at all? Understandable with the hard driving "Hit him in the slats Bob"* approach of the DB Project but perhaps not so essential in the cooler climate of the Clams.
Nevertheless, it was a good set with MacMillan's guitarwork impressive, Grant's drums unobtrusive and Sanders, so laid back he makes Paul Grainger seem like a punk rocker.
Keighley picked up his alto for Take 5 then reverted to tenor for Pure Imagination. Written by Lesley Bricusse and Anthony Newley for Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory it's a classic song that reminds us that there's also a GBsongbook. 
The evening was completed with a rousing Caravan, All Blues, Fembe and A Love Supreme.
Lance.
Photos.
*A remark Bob Fitzsimmons' wife is alleged to have shouted at the ringside during her husband's heavyweight title bout with James J.Corbett in 1879. The advice was sound and Corbett was counted out in the fourteenth round.

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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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