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Bebop Spoken There

Piers Paul Read: "Bruce Reynolds and Biggs shared an interest in Sex, Jazz and Hemingway." - (The Train Robbers by Piers Paul Read, Coronet Books 1979.)

George Shearing: "Speaking about Johann Sebastian Bach I think he'd be a real jazzer if he were alive today. I mean any man who has two wives, twenty kids, gets kicked out of the church for being too harmonically radical and drinks beer can't be all wrong can he?" - (Crescendo March 1984.)

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Today Wednesday July 18

Afternoon

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free admission.

Evening

Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, 11 Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8:00pm. £1.00.

Gala Big Band: BRASS for Sir Bobby - Durham Miners’ Hall, Flass Street, Durham DH1 4BE. 7:30pm. £10 Durham Brass Festival.

Reel Brass + Shake ‘Em Up Jazz Band - Front Street, Chester le Street, Co. Durham DH3. 6:00-9:00pm. Free. Town centre street performance. Durham Brass Festival (Street Ceilidh).

Steve Glendinning & Paul Grainger - Dun Cow, Brandling Village, Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 4RS. 8pm. Free.

Big BRASS Bash - Timothy Hackworth Park, Shildon. 6:00-9:00pm. Free. Durham Brass Festival.

Northern Monkey Brass Band - Timothy Hackworth Park, Central Parade, Shildon DL4 1DL. 6:00-9:00pm. Free. Big BRASS Bash (Durham Brass Festival).

Community Hall New Orleans Band - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:15pm £3.00.

Moonshine Sessions - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson Street, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 8:30pm. Free.

Tyne Valley Junior Jazz Ensemble + Tyne Valley Youth Big Band + Tyne Valley Big Band - Phoenix Club & Bar, Chisholm Place, Hexham NE46 1QL. 6:00pm. Donations.

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

Thursday, September 01, 2016

Mark Williams & Joel McCullough @ Ushaw Durham Jazz Festival. August 27

Mark Williams (guitar) & Joel McCullough (guitar)
(Review by Russell/photo courtesy of Fiona Haughton)
Jazz guitar. There is something about an intimate jazz guitar gig in a small space. Two of the finest guitarists around played a duo concert in the inviting Francis Thompson Room to an attentive, full house. Two men from Belfast, playing jazz guitar, studied together at Newcastle College, then went their separate ways. One made his home on Tyneside, the other worked in Manchester. Years later they reunited on Tyneside and picked up where they left off…playing jazz guitar.

 The inaugural Ushaw Durham Jazz Festival booked Mark Williams and Joel McCullough to play a set of standards. What a gig! And it had yet to start! Unassuming, approachable, Williams and McCullough ensured they had liquid refreshment at hand (Brown Ale – see photograph), pulled up a chair – the audience settled into large sofas – and started to play. All the Things You Are. Perfect. Egos left at the door, two friends playing, appreciative of one another’s abilities. Then I’ll Be Seeing You. It couldn’t get any better. Then again, try a couple of Steve Swallow’s compositions – Ladies in Mercedes and Falling Grace.

John Scofield is rarely absent from the set list and this Durham gig was no different. And a marvellous Ladybird, heard earlier in the day in the same room in the Early Bird Band’s set, promised to be the highlight. Williams eased his way into Tadd Dameron’s tune with McCullough’s languid bass line accompaniment of A* quality. A glance, if that, and the duo swapped roles, McCullough showing what he could do with the tune. Wonderful.                   
In their youth, the two lads from the streets of Belfast would attend jazz clubs to hear one of the true greats. They spoke about the times they listened to Louis Stewart. In memory of the man, Williams and McCullough played first an Irish folk tune She Moved Through the Fair followed by Darn That Dream. Perfect.

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.
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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