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Bebop Spoken There

Ben Pollack: "The kind of people who go for the old style New Orleans jazz are the same kind of people who go in for collecting antiques." - (Down Beat May 5, 1950).

Flip Phillips: "I heard this band out in California. I think - Lu Waters, isn't it? They sure can march down the street but I wouldn't want to march with them!" - (Down Beat June 15, 1951).

Today Sunday June 25

Afternoon.
Joel Byrne McCullough (solo guitar) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 12:30pm. Free.
Mitch Laddie Band - Tyne Bar, Maling St., Newcastle. 3pm. Free.
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.
Somethin' Blue - Vesuvio, 3a Houndgate, Darlington DL1 5RL. 01325 788564. 5pm. Weekly.
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Tyne Valley Big Band - Herding Hill Farm, Shield Hill, Haltwhistle NE49 9NW. 2pm. Support from Tyne Valley Youth Jazz Ensemble. 01434 320175.
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Evening
Jake Steels Quintet - Quakerhouse, Mechanics' Yard, Darlington DL3 7QF. 6pm.
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Hokum Hotshots-- Billy Bootleggers - 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Friday, May 20, 2016

BABMUS @ The Jazz Café, Newcastle. May 19

Ashleigh Lowes (vocals), Celine Tovey (trumpet), Jen Hayton (alto saxophone), Ciaran Jasper (baritone saxophone), Tom Bearpark (piano), Matthew Splevins (guitar), Stephen Hall (bass), Dan Butteo (drums), Michael Mather (percussion) + Paul Edis (MD, alto saxophone) & Sue Ferris (tenor saxophone)
(Review by Russell/Photo courtesy of Mike Tilley)
BABMUS…an amalgam of Sage Gateshead’s BA and BMus student degree courses. One or two familiar faces – percussionist Michael Mather has been known to sit-in at Caff jam sessions and Stephen Hall (electric bass) has performed at Sage HQ – took to the stand as members of an eleven piece band in the upstairs room of the Jazz Café. Nine students and two senior practitioners – MD Paul Edis and guest Sue Ferris (tenor saxophone) – played two sets of familiar tunes to a healthy turnout of enthusiastic supporters.
So What (Edis mischievously suggested bass anchor Hall would play a pivotal role on the number…no pressure then, Stephen!), an Edis arrangement of a Bruno Mars song (singer Ashleigh Lowes featured on several tunes) and A Message to You, Rudy illustrated a wide ranging approach to the degree programmes’ learning and performance ethos. Dan Butteo and Michael Mather featured on Abdullah Ibrahim’s Soweto, Lowes handled All Blues as Sue Ferris showed all present how to play blistering tenor saxophone.
Pianist Tom Bearpark brought along a tune of his own; Simply Drifting (parts written out for the ensemble) first heard MD Dr Edis on alto, then the composer himself on piano. If Bearpark gets along to a Jazz Café jam session he could challenge some of the best sight-readers in town to accompany him on the number. Add a brace of Stevie Wonder classics and we were just about signed, sealed and delivered save for Michael Jackson. Billie Jean with Hall’s on-the-money bass line closed an enjoyable evening of music presented by an enthusiastic group of talented student musicians. Thanks to the Jazz Café for offering the room to the students, thanks to Paul Edis for pulling it all together and specials thanks go to Sue Ferris – if inspiration is half the battle, then the tenor saxophonist more than did a good job in showing the students what can be achieved with application and dedication.
Photos
Russell.    

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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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