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Bebop Spoken There

Ernie Wilkins: “If you don't look at the liner notes, you don't know who in the hell it is. Everybody sounds alike, that same million-note approach. Faceless.” – (Crescendo November 1975).

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Ben Williams: “A lot of jazz today has developed this allergy to simplicity. ‘If it’s simple, that means it’s not hip’ is a theme. But sometimes the simplest thing you can do is the hippest thing you can do.” – (Down Beat August 2015).

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Archives.

Today Wednesday March 22

Afternoon.
Vieux Carre Jazzmen - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
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Evening.
Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. £1. 8pm.
Paul Skerritt Band - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 7:30pm. No cover charge.
Levee Ramblers NOJB - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:30pm. £3.00.
John Harle and Steve Lodder - Royal Grammar School, Eskdale Tce., Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 4DX. 7pm. £20 & £10. 60th birthday tour for RGS alumnus Harl.
Chris Sharkey Trio - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £4.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Wednesday, April 06, 2016

Jazz Café Jam Session - April 5

(Review by Lance)
Another exciting, musically exhilarating, jam session at the Jazz Café with a few surprises along the way. The presence of Deon Krishnam on 5 string bass guitar made for a funkier approach than normal helped along by Gilligan's keyboard forays and Morgan's drums. Krishnam is a formidable player with some amazing solos that exploited the chordal possibilities of the extra string. This after just completing the 'Coast to Coast Walk - no wonder he chose to play sitting down!
These weren't the only bass guitar heroics. Later on, John Pope gave Krishnam a deserved spell and also set a few benchmarks of his own. Paul Gowland did likewise on alto.
Johnny 'Blue Hat' became Johnny 'Black Hat' and blew some funky tenor in tandem with David Gray who played colourful, and I use the word advisedly, trombone (see photo).
Falcioni, fresh from his successful Jazz Coop gig at The Globe on Saturday, fluctuated ' twixt piano and keyboard whilst Krishnam proved his versatility by grabbing the mic for a knockout vocal on Spain! The same number had Morgan hand-drumming very effectively.
Alfonso had a blast on Someday my Prince Will Come with Kalanek on drums and Gowland joined him on St. Thomas.
Michael Lamb and yet another bass guitarist, Andrew Patterson took centre stage but, sadly, my chariot awaited and it was to the strains of Joyspring that I left.
It had indeed been a Spring evening full of joy.
Photos.
Lance.
Pete Gilligan (pno/keys); Deon Krishnam (bs gtr/vcl); Russ Morgan (dms) + Paul Gowland (alt); Johnny 'Black Hat' Davis (ten); David Gray (tmb); Jordan Alfonso (alt); John Pope (bs gtr); Francesco Falcioni (pno); Nick Kalanek (dms); Michael Lamb (tpt); Andrew Patterson bs gtr.

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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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