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Bebop Spoken There

Howard Riley: “When I started out playing jazz back in the late 50s, early 60s, if you wanted a gig you had to learn some standards.” – (Jazz Journal April 2017)

Eric Harland: “I love swing and I’m always going to swing but I also know that you can take a hip-hop groove and improvise with that just like you would with a swing pattern.” – (Jazz Journal April 2017)

Today Friday April 28

Afternoon
Rendezvous Jazz - The Black Horse, Front St., Monkseaton, Whitley Bay NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free.
Dean Stockdale Trio - Town Hall, Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL14 7NP. 1pm. £5.
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Evening
Emma Fisk's Hot Club du Nord - St. Cuthbert's Centre, Church Hill, Crook DL15 9DN. 7:30pm.
Matt Roberts Sextet - Voodoo Café, Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 8pm. £6. 01325 467555. Darlington Jazz Festival.
Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7:00pm.
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Lazy River Jazz Band - Blenkinsopp Castle Inn, Nr. Greenhead CA8 7JS. 8pm. £5. Dancers welcome! 07721 375278 for more details.
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.
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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.)
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