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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)

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Today Saturday February 25

Afternoon

Tees Valley Jazzmen - Devonport Hotel, 16-18 The Front, Middleton One Row, Darlington DL2 1AS. 01325 332255. 1:30pm. Free.

Evening

Bradley Johnston (Solo guitar) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 7:30pm. No cover charge.

Redemption - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8pm. £5.

Rendezvous Jazz/ Levee Ramblers NOJB 'At the Jazz Band Ball 2' - The Exchange, Howard St., North Shields NE30 1SE. 7:30pm. £10/£8.50.

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

Monday, June 06, 2016

Groove-a-matics @ The Tyne Bar. June 5

Mick Cantwell (tenor saxophone, harmonica & vocals), Johnny Whitehill (guitar), John Morgan (bass) & Barry Race (drums)
(Review by Russell/photo from BSH archives).
The Smokin’ Spitfires’ gig at the Cluny wound up sometime after three. A stroll through  the Ouseburn, the burning sun encouraging butterflies to flutter and kingfishers to dart, a secluded haven of biodiversity in action. The Tyne Bar comes into its own on days such as this. Summer had finally arrived. The outdoor stage was in use, today sunstroke could be an issue rather than the usual prospect of hypothermia! An orderly queue formed, and wound its way outside, for the Tyne Bar’s Wylam Brewery house beers. Bar staff didn’t stop all afternoon. Hundreds gathered at the Ouseburn, all tables taken, many took to the adjacent steep grass slopes, the views upstream picture postcard.
On stage, sound check complete, the band ripped into their set. Groove-a-matics are four top-notch musicians: front man Mick Cantwell, the legendary Johnny Whitehill (guitar), rock steady bass man John Morgan and engine room partner Barry Race (drums). There isn’t a better blues band around. Groove-a-matics are an award winning outfit. In 2012 a New Brunswick Blues Band competition victory confirmed what many knew – they are something special. When charismatic vocalist Mick Cantwell sings, you listen. BB King, Muddy Waters, Mick Cantwell – they command that you listen, they sing with authority. To the right of Cantwell is Johnny Whitehill. Way back when, Whitehill played at a long since demolished Broken Doll, a spit and sawdust public house a stone’s throw from the Tyne. Class then, class now. Cantwell referred to Johnny Whitehill as ‘an encyclopedia of the blues’. Playing a vintage Les Paul, standing stock still, this was the ‘real deal’.
Cantwell sang about a Workin’ Class Man, Whitehill played a blues for Peter Green, the band reworked Statesboro Blues. Hoochie Coochie women danced under a late afternoon sun. Number after number met with whoops, hollers and manic whistles. Good Man and Who Stole the Water?, two sets of cracking Ouseburn Delta blues. The crowd wanted an encore, they got one. Still they wanted more, they weren’t going anywhere, so they got more. If you’re yet to hear Groove-a-matics, check ‘em out, they’re the real deal.
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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