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Bebop Spoken There

Artie Shaw: “I'm not interested in giving people what they want--I'm interested in making music.” – (DownBeat October 15, 1939).

Jason Marsalis: “There's so many places that this music can go and there's a lot yet to be discovered.'” – (DownBeat April 2018)

Today Sunday March 18


Musicians Unlimited - Park Inn, Park Road, Hartlepool TS26 9HU. Tel: 01429 233126. 12 noon. Free.

Jason Isaacs & the Ambassadors of Swing - Hoochie Coochie, Pilgrim Street, Newcastle NE1 6SF. Tel: 0191 222 0130. 5:30pm (doors 4:00pm). £16.00.

Revolutionaires - Tyne Bar, Maling St, Newcastle NE6 1LP. 3pm. Free.

Somethin’ Blue - Vesuvio, 3a Houndgate, Darlington DL1 5RL. 5:00pm. Tel: 01325 788564. Matt Case (saxophone) & Mike Hepple (guitar).


POSTPONED DUE TO WEATHER! Zoë Gilby Quartet - Black Bull, Bridge Street, Blaydon NE21 4JJ. 8:00pm. £5.00. Rescheduled August 19.

Alter Ego - The Globe, 11 Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £5.00.

Bradley Johnston - The Fire Station, High Street West, Sunderland SR1 3DT. Tel: 0191 594 7241. 6:00pm. Free. New weekly residency.

Gypsy Dave Smith - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

The Tyne Trio @ JRA Community Festival. May 16

Charlie Philp (guitar), Joe Reeve (tenor & alto saxophones) & Bev Morris (double bass) + Dominic Lodge (drums), Robbie Sherratt (violin), Courts Winfield (keyboards)
(Review by Russell).
The Tyne Trio, the Quayside Quartet, the Jesmond Sextet. An ailing, absent vocalist, the plot thickens. The core trio, formed in 2015, consisting of Newcastle University students Charlie Philp, guitar, Joe Reeve, saxophone and bassist Bev Morris, put together a sextet for this second evening of jazz at Jesmond Library during this year’s Jesmond Residents Community Association Festival. Alto saxophonist Dominic Lodge took the drum chair, thus the quartet, known as the Quayside Quartet, represented two-thirds of the musicians on the stand. The trio and quartet work the function circuit across Newcastle and for this public concert performance drafted in friends Robbie Sherratt, violin and keyboards man Courts Winfield to present two sets as a sextet to another sizeable festival gathering.
Vocalist Gina Devine was indisposed on the evening. In time-honoured fashion the show went ahead and Ms Devine will, no doubt, be heard singing at a later date. The printed set list (an indication of someone being organised!) read: STANDARDS/BALLADS (Possibly in order, who knows?). Coltrane’s Mr PC opened the programme. All Blues followed, an extended blow on Ain’t Misbehavin’ featured Joe Reeve on tenor and again on Take the A Train, the latter number heard Robbie Sherratt open up on violin.
A new name to BSH, Bev Morris, proved to be consistently good throughout the evening. Solid, no nonsense double bass playing, Morris is one to watch. His rhythm partner, Dom Lodge, known to BSH as a saxophonist, occupied the drum chair to good effect, handling variously bossas, calypsos, swing and blues. Courts Winfield (keyboards) read the charts, supported the frontline and took the occasional solo. So What and Night in Tunisia hit the jackpot; Morris at the right tempo, bandleader Charlie Philp fluent on guitar and Sherratt cutting loose on the former, Morris and Sherratt impressing once more on the latter.
It is clear that Charlie Philp put a lot of work into the two jazz nights at Jesmond Library,  hopefully, he’ll do it all again next year.

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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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