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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 Tuesday March 28

Jonathan Silk's Fragment Quartet - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £10/£8. JNE/Schmazz gig.
Maine Street Jazzmen - Royal British Legion Club, West Jesmond ave., Newcastle NE2 3EX. 8:30pm. £5.
Charles Gordon (solo piano) - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Newcastle. 10pm - midnight. Free.
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Northern Monkey Brass Band - The Fox, West End Tce., Hexham NE46 3DB. 9pm.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Monastery of Sound: Early Bird Band @ Ushaw Durham Jazz Festival. August 27

(Review by Steve T).
Young Russell had realised he’d bitten off more than he could chew so my meagre reviewing duties had doubled. Then they doubled again. Oh, and can you also just do…
A few empty seats for the Northern Monkey Brass Band, on with their closing number - Jackson Fives’ I Want You Back - when I stuck my head in the door, but about sixty, which still looks pretty good in this theatre.

It actually highlighted a potential problem that, if the theatre was sold out and everybody wanted to head for the lounge for Zoe, and I’d strongly recommend they should, we’d have to remove the furniture to get them all in.
Early Bird Band
Saturday morning brought a good turnout, and not just the usual family and friends. Depping for Whiplash McKellar (sunning himself, and presumably Jazzing himself, in California) is never going to be a breeze but Rory Gardener, a very different drummer with different interests and influences, does a fine job, giving it crash, bang, wallop every chance he gets.
Edgy Dan Lawrence was solid on bass, as always, alongside FDT brandishing his new Custom Shop Gibson on its first outing. The revelation was Ben Lawrence, depping for Dr Phil, reading the piano parts but leaving the horn section – James Metcalf (trumpet), Andrew Hedges (trombone), Lord Paul (alto, flute) - ever so slightly under strength.
No originals this time and no Little Sunflower, but Blue Bossa, Au Privave, Manteca, Ladybird and So What, alto taking the famous Paul Chambers bass line which I would have preferred to go either to Dan or to Francis who played it to great effect with the Gala Big Band; but a tiny quibble.   
Not a vintage performance but they’re their own biggest critics, and the audience were more than satisfied.
Steve T.
Early Bird Band 
James Metcalf (trumpet), Andrew Hedges (trombone), Francis Tulip (guitar), Ben Lawrence (piano), Dan Lawrence (bass), Rory Gardener (drums) + Paul Edis (MD, alto saxophone & clarinet).

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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.)
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