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Bebop Spoken There

Jim Hall: "Won't play loud, can't play fast" - (From one of the great guitarist's business cards brought to our attention by Roly Veitch).

Joel Harrison: “It’s incredibly hard to play bebop on guitar, harder than on saxophone.” – (Jazz Times August 2015)

Today Tuesday June 27

Evening
CANCELLED! Atlas - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8:15pm. £10/£8 (conc.). JNE 'Women Make Music'.
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Charles Gordon (solo piano) - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Newcastle. 10pm - midnight. Free.
Maine Street Jazzmen - British Legion Club, West Jesmond Ave., Newcastle NE2 3EX. 8:30pm. £5.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Emma Fisk's Hot Club du Nord @ Prohibition Bar, Gateshead – September 10.

Emma Fisk (violin) James Birkett and David Harris (guitars) Bruce Rollo (Bass).
(Review by Steve T).
We're big fans of Ms Fisk and Dr B and I’d like to think we've grown from groupies to mates over many years, FDT and HDT getting odd lessons on guitar and fiddle respectively. So, my apologies to Bradley and the Globe - our original destination - and doubly so cos James confirmed he'd have been there also.
The Prohibition bar, peeing distance from Sage Gateshead, is new to me and a terrific venue for some old style Jazz and I'll be amazed if they're not back there soon.
It turned out it was a private party for one David Green, leaving Gateshead College, which they decided to open up to the public and number one wife and I were delighted they did.
An evocative setting with the staff and some party-goers dressed in period, we were transported back to the speakeasies of 1920s Chicago, but without the machine guns.
The band, in tux and posh frock (Emma only), were crammed onto a tiny stage which looked amazing, with the violin and bass stood behind the two sitting guitarists, but was tricky for Emma, though fortunately James and David both have their own hair or her more frantic fiddling moments may have been the cause of some embarrassment.   
The audience, fluctuating around thirty, chatted throughout, oblivious they weren't supposed to, but this only added 'authenticity' to the atmosphere. We applauded enthusiastically, clapped along to Dark Eyes, and some danced, and some of them did a pretty impressive Charleston.
The band were great, as always, David Harris, one of the original guitarists from Djangology (note the spelling), settling back in nicely. I know he's a big deal in Country circles, but a fine Gypsy guitarist too, seeming to take a bigger share of solos than I remember from their debut at Blaydon. Bruce Rollo is a new name to me, but never put a finger or thumb wrong, some terrific slapping going on too.
An earlier than scheduled (in BSH) start and some technical difficulties meant we didn't catch or know all the titles, though Mrs T is getting more useful at this as I become less, but we got: Someone Like You, Sweet Georgia Brown, Minor Swing, Dinah, Lady be Good with a new (to me) coda and, as always, peaking with Emma closing Nuages with her customary perfect timing, beauty and splendour. If we could bottle it, we’d hand it out at cinemas to those soaking up the latest instalment of, what George called Beatle lore, to wash up from straight, white US of A.
The remainder of the night promised hard drink and loose morals but we'd apparently forgotten Mrs Ts' driving shoes so we headed back, though I'm hopeful we'll make a return visit soon The Budtet are playing jazz standards on Friday, Sept. 23 and Big Muddy are making a return visit a week earlier on Sept. 16. The Prohibiton Bar looks like becoming a player!
Steve T  

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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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