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Bebop Spoken There

Dave Gelly: “From 1 January 1920, when prohibition was imposed in the US, people didn’t stop drinking, they just stopped drinking legally.” – (Jazz Journal October 2017).

Regina Carter: “When I was a teenager, I would daydream about going out on a date and dancing to Ella’s music.” (Down Beat October 2017).

Today Wednesday November 22

Afternoon
Vieux Carre Jazzmen - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.

Evening
Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. £1. 8pm.

Billy's Acoustic Blues - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free (weekly).

The Village Hall New Orleans Band - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Rd., Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:15pm. £3.

BBC Big Band - Middlesbrough Theatre, The Avenue, Middlesbrough TS5 6SA. 01642 815181. 7:30pm. £24.50.

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

Wednesday, October 05, 2016

Jazz Café Jam Session - October 4.

Pete Gilligan (pno); Paul Grainger (bs); Russ Morgan (dms) + Joel Brown (pno); Steve Brown (bs); Matt Mackellar (dms); Fabio Sousa (tmb); Michael Lamb (tpt); Jamie Toms (ten); Paul Gowland (sop); John Pope (bs); David Gray (tmb); Flossie Taylor (vcl); Edgar Bell (gtr).
(Review by Lance).
Messrs Gilligan, Grainger and Morgan were on the case and, cited Just Friends; Autumn Leaves and Armando's Rumba as proof that they were, as claimed by the Jazz Café blurb, ',,,three of Tyneside's finest jazz musicians'. The jury found them guilty as charged and sentenced them to 3 hours community service to be served on the first and third Tuesday of each month in the company of, and again I quote, '...an impressive array of newcomers, old timers, and musicians at the top of their game.'
As can be seen from the personnel listed above this was a fair assessment of the talent on show tonight.
Joel Brown took over on piano for All the Things You Are whilst his dad Steve and Matt Mackellar moved in for Caravan and Someday my Prince Will Come before Gilligan returned for an impressive Girl Talk. Bouncing with Bud (I think) brought the set to a close. It had been a good one and compensated for the absence of Geordie Jazz compelling me to choose another of Hadrian Brewery's products, the appropriately named (in more ways than one) Grainger Ale. The label said it was gluten free which means I was having a healthy drink.
Time for the horns to take centre stage, Three of SSBB's high fliers, Lamb, Toms and Gowland were joined by Portuguese trombonist Sousa, who first appeared on the scene at Hoochie last week with SeeNine, to jam on Whisper Not
John Pope turned up on bass for Take the A Train and, as Fabio left to take a train to the Portuguese Quarter of Sunderland, in walked David Gray. No shortage of 'bones tonight.
A new face in the form of Flossie Taylor provided voice and words to No Moon at All; Lullaby of Birdland and It Could Happen to You. A promising young singer. Birdland had a sizzling intro from Lamb whilst Gray blew the cobwebs out of It Could Happen to You and I left to catch the number 27.
Another good day at the office.
Photos.
Lance
PS: Throughout it all,Edgar Bell on acoustic guitar sat chording and occasionally soloing although being unamplified nothing was heard!

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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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