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Bebop Spoken There

Michael Feinstein: “Fred Astaire is my favorite singer. To me, he was the perfect interpreter of American popular song.” – (Jazz Times December 2014).

Bud Shank: “Once I saw California – that was it, I stayed.” – (Jazz Journal May 1991)

Archives.

Today Sunday February 26.

Afternoon.
Mark Williams (solo guitar) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 12:30pm. Free.
More Jam - Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 3pm. Free.
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Blues @ The Bay - Tanner Smith's 17-19 South Parade, Whitley Bay NE26 2RE, 0191 2525941. 4pm. Free. Blues jam w. Scott Wall & Charlie Philp.
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Musicians Unlimited - Park Hotel, Park Rd., Hartlepool TS26 9HU. 01249 233126.1pm. Free.
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Evening
Maine St. Jazzmen - Seaton Sluice Social Club, Collywell Bay Rd., Seaton Sluice NE26 4QZ. 8pm. £4.
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Shaun Henderson Band - Quakerhouse, Mechanics Yard, Darlington. 6pm. £5.
Jazz Jam - Empty Shop, 35c Framwellgate Bridge, Durham DH1 4SY. 7:30pm. Free.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Monday, April 25, 2016

GIJF: JB’s Cats - Sage Gateshead April 16

Ben Lawrence (trumpet), Alex Thompson (alto saxophone), Alex Iles (piano), Nathan Lawson (guitar), Tom Henry (guitar), Alex Shipsey (bass) & Dylan Thompson (drums) + Dr James Birkett (MD)
(Review by Russell)
Early Saturday evening on the concourse at Sage Gateshead, tutor Dr James Birkett and his band of young musicians entertained an appreciative crowd for half an hour or so. A band of talented teenagers, some of them can be heard out busking across Tyneside, and, on occasion, sitting in at the big boys’ jam sessions.
Ranging in teenage years (and height) the young musicians showed no fear playing some standard tunes, taking solos and winning applause for their efforts. Opening with Herbie Hancock’s Cantaloupe Island followed by a spot-on tick-tocking Milestones, JB’s Cats purred like well-fed (tutored) pussycats. An excellent Cherokee, taken at a big boys’ lick, Tom Henry’s guitar solo on Song for my Father, Ben Lawrence’s extended trumpet solo on Goodbye Pork Pie Hat with Alex Thompson playing good alto on the same number, a mature performance from pianist Alex Iles, these guys impressed, big style! Bass player Alex Shipsey, the newest member of the ensemble, played as though he had been in the band for years and guitarist Nathan Lawson knew all the chords. And then there was the drummer. At the back, a budding Jimmy Cobb/Buddy Rich had it all covered…hi-hat, rim shot, snare, kicking bass drum, the name to note is Dylan Thompson. Tutor Dr James Birkett works with these guys week in week out, they’re going places. Jazz lives!               
Russell.
Apologies for lack of photos which is why it has taken so long to post but if anyone has any photos please get in touch (Editor)

1 comment :

  1. Hi Lance
    Could you please thank Russell for the great review about JB's Cats at the GIJF.
    I see he's requested if anyone has a photo to get in touch.
    I hope this one is suitable. It's the only one we have of the full band.
    Thanks
    Andrea & Keith
    (Proud parents of Alex & Dylan Thompson!)

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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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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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