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Bebop Spoken There

Sonny Rollins: "I work very hard. I wear out suits playing." - (Downbeat May 29, 1969.)

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Bob Brookmeyer: "The group's philosophy? We're saving to buy new uniforms - the ties wore out." - (Crescendo March 1965).

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Today Thursday March 23

Afternoon
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - The Holystone, Whitley Rd., Holystone, Newcastle (ish) NE27 0DA. 1pm. Free.
Archipelago - King's Hall, Newcastle Uni, 1:10pm. Free.
Evening.
Maine St. Jazzmen - Potters Wheel, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5EE. 8:30pm. 0191 4888068
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BABMUS - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. Free.
Andchuck - Hoochie Coochie, 54 Pilgrim St., Newcastle NE1 6sf. 8:30pm. Free.
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Tees Hot Club w. Jeremy McMurray (keys); Kevin Eland (trumpet); Mark Toomey (alto) - Dorman's, Oxford Rd., Middlesbrough. 9pm. Free.
New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge Hotel, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees. 8:30pm.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Wednesday, July 06, 2016

Jazz Café Jam Session - July 5.

Peter Gilligan (pno); Paul Grainger (bs); Russ Morgan (dms) + Ray Johnson (tpt); Paul Gowland (sop); Abbie Finn (dms); Beth Roberts (alt); Ian Forbes (dms); Minnie Fraser (vcl); Kath Jobes (vcl).
(Review by Lance).
One of the things I love about jam sessions is the variety of performers who grace the hypothetical stage. The young, the old, the in-between. The high fliers and the aspirants, all have their moment of glory aided and abetted by a sympathetic rhythm section.
That rhythm section got things rolling with stellar performances of Close Your Eyes, Whisper Not and If You Could See me Now. All three at the top of their game with Morgan outstanding on Whisper Not.
Paul Gowland, who opted for soprano this week, was joined by Ray Johnson for a couple of numbers one of which, Wayne Shorter's Lester Left Town, also had last week's debutante drummer, Abbie Finn, coming back for more. Outstanding! Yesterdays rounded off the set.
Gowland, needless to say, took no prisoners but Johnson met fire with fire blowing some blistering Fats Navarro style trumpet spurred on by Ms. Finn, Gilligan and Grainger.
A short break then another deb - 16-year-old Beth Roberts - fresh from playing with the Durham County Youth Big Band (in support of NYJO) the previous evening blew a spirited Autumn Leaves followed by Now's the Time. Another star in the making!
One star who's already made is Ian Forbes, the Grand Old Man of north-east jazz! Nothing old about his playing Ian always sounds as fresh as ever.
I'm currently into black and white photography but when Minnie took to the stage in her technicolour dream coat monochrome went out of the window! That Old Devil Moon and Body and Soul were given equally colourful treatment.
Back to the band for Have You Met Mr Forbes? as the Rogers and Hart tune could have been retitled and then Moanin'.
Time to drag myself away in the direction of the distant bus stop and, as such, missing a couple of songs from Kath Jobes. Ah well, maybe next time.
Photos.
Lance.

1 comment :

  1. Strolling through the center of the Neuchatel of the northeast stumbled on this delicious jam session. Thank you all for a great surprise

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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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