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Bebop Spoken There

Howard Riley: “When I started out playing jazz back in the late 50s, early 60s, if you wanted a gig you had to learn some standards.” – (Jazz Journal April 2017)

Eric Harland: “I love swing and I’m always going to swing but I also know that you can take a hip-hop groove and improvise with that just like you would with a swing pattern.” – (Jazz Journal April 2017)

Friday April 28

Afternoon
Rendezvous Jazz - The Black Horse, Front St., Monkseaton, Whitley Bay NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free.
Dean Stockdale Trio - Town Hall, Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL14 7NP. 1pm. £5.
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Evening
Emma Fisk's Hot Club du Nord - St. Cuthbert's Centre, Church Hill, Crook DL15 9DN. 7:30pm.
Matt Roberts Sextet - Voodoo Café, Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 8pm. £6. 01325 467555. Darlington Jazz Festival.
Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7:00pm.
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Lazy River Jazz Band - Blenkinsopp Castle Inn, Nr. Greenhead CA8 7JS. 8pm. £5. Dancers welcome! 07721 375278 for more details.
To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Wednesday, May 04, 2016

Jazz Café Jam Session - May 3.











Pete Gilligan (keys); Paul Grainger (bs); Russ Morgan (dms) + Paul Gowland (alt); Omid Ramak (dms); Jordan Alfonso (alt); Charlie Philp (gtr); Colm Rooney (pno); Dimitore? (dms); Ian Forbes (dms); Minnie Fraser (vcl).
(Review by Lance).
It must be five years or so since Omid Ramak and Colm Rooney last showed up at the Jazz Café. In the meantime, both had added considerable facial hair to the point that I failed to initially recognise either. Ramak, preparatory to taking the Queen's Shilling (enlisting), has an almost Machiavellian appearance whilst Rooney could have passed as a younger version of the Venerable Crombie.
Colm came through the ranks of Rocket Science, Jambone and SSBB before moving on to pastures new and Omid, during his tenure in Newcastle, made several attempts to set up jazz venues in and around town before he too moved south. Good to see them back albeit probably only on an ephemeral basis.
The jam wasn't as crowded as normal although there was enough in to retain the usual ambience.
As ever, the house trio got things rolling with Gilligan operating a keyboard that seemed to have as many controls as a DC10. Fortunately, they were used sensibly and sparingly and his solo on Make Someone Happy certainly made the listeners happy. Just Friends had some well-integrated 4s twixt piano and drums with Morgan's brushwork exquisite.
Paul Gowland took centre stage for I Hear a Rhapsody and Omid occupied the drum stool. Rather than the seemingly obligatory round of 4s we had 8s which, to my mind, makes more sense.
Once in a While was balladic perfection with Gowland throwing in a few Parker licks along with a lot of his own. Nice...
A change around saw Alfonso on alto, Charlie Philp on guitar, Colm on piano and Dimitore on drums.
Autumn Leaves and Now's the Time were safely negotiated before Ian Forbes added a lighter touch to All of Me and that good old jam session favourite - All the Things You Are. On Green Dolphin St with Colm, Omid, Philp, Gowland and Grainger (a tower of strength all evening with no bass players to give him a spell) led to Minnie Fraser combining with two-thirds of her Moochers (Gilligan and Grainger) for Stardust and Fascinating Rhythm, both complete with verse. Fascinating as it was, I had to head across town for the number 27 which waits for no one and tonight was no exception. Still it was worth the taxi fare to have such an enjoyable evening.
Lance.

2 comments :

  1. Thanks Lance,

    it was a pleasure to actually catch you on the way out to say hello this time! Just an fyi, my last name doesn't have an 's' at the end. Thanks for doing this blog and keeping us all updated on everything Jazz,

    Regards,
    Charlie Philp

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  2. Sorry Charlie, I thought I'd got it right when I missed out the extra L and the I - still, it's now corrected and that's nothing compared to the names people call me!

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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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