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Bebop Spoken There

Peter Vacher: “The Hopbine [public house] is a Tesco Express now, having been reinvented successively as Desi Dons, Bootsy Brogans, the Dog and Duck and, before that, the Chequered Flag.” – (Jazzwise October 2017)

Kyle Eastwood: “Naturally I listened to pop music when I was a kid – I’d spend two hours a day hearing it on the school bus! – but the very first music I heard in the house and the first concerts I went to were jazz.” – (Jazzwise October 2017)

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Today Sunday October 22

Afternoon.
More Jam - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 3:00pm. Free.

Gerry Richardson's Big Idea - Hoochie Coochie, 54 Pilgrim St., Newcastle NE1 6SF. 5:00pm. FREE!

Blues @ The Bay - Tanner Smith's, 17-19 South Parade, Whitley Bay NE26 2RE, 0191 2525941. 4pm. Blues Jam w. Scott Wall & Charlie Philp.

Musicians Unlimited - Park Hotel, Park Rd., Hartlepool TS26 9HU. 01249 233126.1pm. Free.

Somethin' Blue - Vesuvio, 3a Houndgate, Darlington DL1 5RL. 01325 788564. 5pm. Weekly.
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Evening

Vasilis Xenopoulos & Nigel Price w Paul Edis Trio - Black Bull, Bridge St., Blaydon NE21 4JJ. 8:00pm. £10.

Smokin' Mat Partner - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.

Groove-a-matics - Sour Grapes, Newgate Street, Morpeth NE61 1BU. Tel: 01670 519069. 8:30pm. Free. Johnny Whitehill, Mick Cantwell…none better!

Jazz Jam - Empty Shop, 35c Framwellgate Bridge, Durham DH1 3NJ. 7:30pm. Free.

Body and Soul - Quakerhouse, Mechanics’ Yard, Darlington DL3 7QF. 6:00pm. £5.00. Line-up: Richie Emmerson (tenor), Kevin Eland (trumpet & flugelhorn), Rick Laughlin (keys), Phil Laughlin (bass) & Stuie Ellerton (drums).

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Hepscott Village Hall, Morpeth NE61 6LN. 8:45pm. £10 (includes pie 'n' peas supper).

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

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Jazz Café Jam Session - October 18.

(Review by Lance).
A cracking session and what did I do? I misplaced my notes! Apologies for missing names and numbers.
So I'm winging it! The house trio set the standard with Whisper Not and Amando's Rumba. They were on form. All three were on fire. 
A quartet of students from Sage Gateshead's BMus degree course took centre stage. Seemingly lead by guitarist Brent March they played acceptable versions of Sunny and All of Me. A work in progress. Brent told me this was, in fact, the first time they'd played together so the future looks promising. Fine musicians not heard to their best advantage. Do they have any original material? You betcha they will have! Watch this space. 
Time for the big hitters.
Don Forbes on trumpet, Nick Gould on tenor, his fellow Scot, David Midas on guitar, Matt Mackellar (now an old man of 18) on drums and John Pope on bass. Softly as in a Morning Sunset and Lester Left Town - nobody left town whilst this was going on
Like Rick's Café Americain in the film Casablanca, Newcastle's Jazz Café has, for time immemorial, rarely been without an international presence and this night was no exception. As well as the aforementioned Scotsmen, we had trombonist Fabio Sousa sliding his way around Blue Monk and a fellow Portuguese, a singer whose name got lost with my notes (the English translation sounded something like Edie Gonsales but I now know is called .InêsGonçalves.Fly me to the Moon (in English) and The Girl From Ipanema (in Portuguese) made Inês a hard act to follow. However, Germany was up for it. They may have beaten Portugal 4-0 in the 2014 World Cup and Frau Heller's Lullaby of Birdland suggested that the Fatherland were in for a repeat. Nevertheless, despite her Angel Eyes, the BSH pundits declared it a 1-1 draw.
Another singer, who reminded me of Kath Lowdon with short hair, sang Sentimental Journey and Someone to Watch Over me before Forbes and Gould lit the blue touchpaper for the grand finale.
Lance
Pete Gilligan (pno); Paul Grainger (bs); Russ Morgan (dms) + Nick Gould (ten); David Midas (gtr); John Pope (bs) Matt Mackellar (dms); Gabby Heller (vcl); Fabio Sousa (tmb); Don Forbes (tpt); Brent March (gtr); Sage students (keys/bs gtr/dms); InêsGonçalves (vcl)

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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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