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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 Friday March 24

Afternoon
Rendezvous Jazz - The Black Horse, Front St., Monkseaton, Whitley Bay NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free.
Mick Shoulder's Swing Manouche - Town Hall, Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL14 7NP. 1pm. £5. 0300 0269520
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Evening
James Harrison & Caroline Bagley- Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 9pm. Free.
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Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7:00pm.
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Friday, September 30, 2016

SeeNine @ Hoochie Coochie - September 29.

Stephen Wetherall (bs. gtr); Dan Butterworth (dms); Scotty Handy (keys); Ciaran Jasper (alt/ten); Esti Harrison (tpt); Adam Ashbridge (gtr). + Fabio Sousa (tmb).
(Review by Lance).
Student band and you've got 'Rent-a-Crowd'. Boy/girlfriends, course mates, coarse mates, parents, family etc. you've got the audience but, will they come back and, more importantly, will those with less filial/fraternal relationships return?
On this showing, only SeeNine's second gig, I think they will.
Admittedly a work in progress but the positive signs are there. An imaginative repertoire* which included originals, pieces by Grover Washington, Roy Hargreaves, Kenny Garrett, Herbie Hancock, and Justin Bieber  coupled with a feel for the funky idiom that they work in, suggests that, with a tweak here and a tweak there, we're going to hear a lot more of them.
Leader Wetherall knows his way around the Fender Jazz (or was it a Precision?) and he soloed authoritatively. 
Adam Ashbridge obviously has a pedigree in matters guitar. His solos blew everything away!
Ciaran Jasper floated 'twixt alto and tenor but I think it was her alto solo on the penultimate encore, Roy Hargreaves'  St. Denis,  that clinched it for me despite blowing slightly off mic.
Esti Harrison on trumpet didn't try to impress, instead, she played the heads and, when solos came up, worked within her range - something Muggsy Spanier, Miles Davis, and Chet Baker did in their formative years - welcome to the club Esti!
Dan Butterworth kicked seven shades when such a splash of colour was needed but also confined himself to fewer shades in the more delicate moments.
Pianist Scotty chorded impressively, his choreographed body movements indicating just how much he was enjoying himself. Surprised he didn't appear to take any actual solos
It was great to see such young musicians blowing so well and to have an appreciative audience.
Oh yes, I've omitted to mention Fabio Sousa!
I don't suppose there have been too many Portuguese trombone players in Newcastle over the years but, let me say that on the evidence of the two numbers he blew on, Fabio is the best Portuguese slide man I've ever heard (in Newcastle).
I invited Fabio to the Jazz Café Jam this coming Tuesday. In fact, I'd like to  see les tout ensemble dropping by!
Photos.
Lance.
*Cissy Strut; Mister Magic; Can't Feel my Face; Chameleon; 5:45; Noodle; Sing a Song of Song; How Deep is Your Love; Southwick; Sorry; Strasbourg St. Denis.

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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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