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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 Wednesday June 28

Afternoon.
Vieux Carre Jazzmen - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
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Evening.
Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. £1. 8pm.
Chris Sharkey Trio - Jazz Café. 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £5/Students free - voluntary donation.
Levee Ramblers NOJB - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:30pm. £3.00.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Alan Glen Trio @ The Empty Shop. October 20

Alan Glen (piano), John Pope (double bass) & Paul Wight (drums)
(Review by Russell) 
The Empty Shop is something of a misnomer. Walk up the stairs to the first floor space on one of its regular jazz nights and invariably the place will be heaving. A return visit featuring the north east’s master pianist Alan Glen proved to be no exception. As Glen began his set the ‘house full’ signs were being hung on the doors. Empty shop? Closed shop, more like!
Mr Glen lets the music do the talking: Love for Sale, Stella by Starlight, Love is a Many Splendoured Thing, the GAS book. Accompanying our softly spoken pianist were John Pope and Paul Wight; a firmly established working trio consistently attracting audiences wherever they play. Durham’s Empty Shop would reject any notion that it has adopted a ‘shabby chic’ look, it’s proudly shabby. Floor boards, paint splattered chairs…and jazz.
Durham University’s students frequent Empty Shop and, by and large, listen. In years to come they’ll fondly remember hearing Alan Glen. They’ll apply the yardstick: Not quite as good as Alan Glen, but decent enough, when listening to the latest ‘buzz’ name. It’s a simple matter…the material. Tried and tested, Glen explores tunes he’s played a million times, yet he surprises – perhaps surprising himself – in finding something new, a chord progression, a nuanced rephrasing. Old hands (there were a few) and Durham’s ‘Bright Young Things’ heard affable drummer Paul Wight knock around fours East of the Sun and West of the Moon, bassist John Pope, grabbed a number of solos during the evening (his sound ‘just so’) and Mr Glen came up with a new composition –  Easy Go received its world premier public performance. We’ll be hearing it again, it’s in the Glen pad, and in due course will vie for Gasser status. Tune Up closed a classy first set.

The Newcastle Jazz Co-op ‘curated’ session resumed with more Miles (Solar), Beautiful Love (JP soloing), a thoughtful Glen intro to A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square and a robust take on Bye Bye Blackbird. Two staples – Four and All Blues (JP and PW doing the business) – framed a sensitive reading of Rolling Sid with Wight dedicating the tune to the late Ray Truscott, a musician who worked many times with Alan Glen. The night drew to a close but not before an encore. Glen suggested Autumn Leaves. The audience showed its appreciation. We departed into the autumnal night.      
    
Bebop Spoken Here’s Durham correspondent Tony Eales confirmed that a new term time only Sunday evening jam session will start this coming Sunday (October 23) led by some of Durham University’s music (and non-music) students. It starts at eight o’clock and it’s free admission. All comers are welcome – sitters-in and listeners.


The next Jazz Co-op Jazz Session at Empty Shop on November 3 presents one of the few remaining opportunities to catch Tyneside-based pianist Francesco Falcioni. It’s sure to be another sold out occasion, indeed, a farewell occasion, as Falcioni is heading south to the bright lights of London.                                 

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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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