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Bebop Spoken There

Miles Kington: "If the intake of alcohol fails to improve a jazz player's performance, why do jazz listeners think it improves their appreciation?" - (Jazz Express October 1982).

Barbara Jay: "My first gig was at the Astoria, Charing Cross Rd. It seemed like a den of iniquity to me. All the Soho girls were there and the gigolos with their old women paying them to dance..." - (Jazz UK May 2008.)

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Today Sunday February 26.

Afternoon.
Mark Williams (solo guitar) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 12:30pm. Free.
More Jam - Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 3pm. Free.
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Blues @ The Bay - Tanner Smith's 17-19 South Parade, Whitley Bay NE26 2RE, 0191 2525941. 4pm. Free. Blues jam w. Scott Wall & Charlie Philp.
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Musicians Unlimited - Park Hotel, Park Rd., Hartlepool TS26 9HU. 01249 233126.1pm. Free.
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Evening
Maine St. Jazzmen - Seaton Sluice Social Club, Collywell Bay Rd., Seaton Sluice NE26 4QZ. 8pm. £4.
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Shaun Henderson Band - Quakerhouse, Mechanics Yard, Darlington. 6pm. £5.
Jazz Jam - Empty Shop, 35c Framwellgate Bridge, Durham DH1 4SY. 7:30pm. Free.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

The After Hours Set

(Review by Russell)
The Tyneside Cinema’s retro chic café bar on Pilgrim Street stands opposite a neglected, decaying cinema of yesteryear. Once upon a time the Odeon Cinema opened its doors to the great touring bands from America: the Count Basie Orchestra graced the stage in the late fifties – the occasion captured on a vinyl release some years ago. Blues bands came through too: Chris Farlowe, Paul Butterfield and Eric Burdon.
All these years later Eric Burdon sat quietly in the ‘Tyneside’ listening to the jazz scene’s current practitioners. Perhaps Mr B had long since forgotten his appearance over the road way back when, he was here to remember Newcastle’s ‘Jazz Man’, Keith Crombie. Many of the musicians from the old place on Pink Lane paid musical tribute to the man (see the editor’s earlier review). The evening wore on, the band played on. James Harrison got up to play, allowing Pete Gilligan to stretch his legs. JH accompanied Lyndsay Hannon – an all too familiar role. And that was the theme of the night. The Findens joined Don Forbes, Stuart on bass (for the remainder of the night), and Fiona singing a fine version of I Fall in Love Too Easily.

Minnie Fraser sang a couple of tunes with PG at the keyboard once more. Listening to the Railway Street vocalist (the Jazz Co-op – Pink Lane connection continued) singing Four was a highlight among many. At around half past midnight an optimistic Ray Burns sang about being On the Sunny Side of the Street. To close, Gilligan and Hannon appropriately said goodnight to the hardy souls nursing a ‘last orders’ beer. Stepping out onto the street nigh on one in the morning, no one was handing out flyers. The changing jazz times.
The After Hours Set: Peter Gilligan (piano), James Harrison (piano), Don Forbes (trumpet), Stuart Finden (double bass), Lyndsay Hannon(vocals), Fiona Finden (vocals), Minnie Fraser (vocals) & Ray Burns (vocals & harmonica)
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.
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