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Bebop Spoken There

Bob Dawbarn (review of Joe Harriott's LP 'Free Form'): "Both horns scream and roar away, Keane at times doing a pretty fair imitation of an elephant angry with its keeper." - (Melody Maker, December 16, 1961).

Steve Race: "The non-musician critic knows how music ought to sound. But he cannot possibly know how it feels to create it. He is in the position of the marriage guidance counsellor who has never been married." – (Jazz News, June 6th 1962).

Archives.

Today Thursday July 27

Afternoon
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Rd., nr. Newcastle NE27 0DA. 1:oopm. Free.
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Tyne Valley Jazzmen - No 1 Champagne Bar, 1 Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL4 7 NJ 12:30pm. Free.
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Evening.
Strictly Smokin' Big Band - The Millstone, Haddricks Mill Rd., South Gosforth NE3 3DB. 7pm. Cancelled for pub refurbishment. Back August 31.
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Alter Ego - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8pm. £5.
Jo Harrop & Paul Edis - The Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm
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Maine Street Jazzmen - Potter's Wheel, Sunniside NE16 5EE, 8:30pm. Free.
Ray Johnson & Richard Herdman - Prohibition Bar, Arch 3, Brandling St., Gateshead NE2 2BA. 8pm. Free.
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Paul Skerritt Band - The Pennyweight, Bakehouse Hill, Darlington DL1 5QA. 9pm. Free.
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Tees Hot Club w. Kevin Eland (tpt); Donna Hewitt (alto); Graham Thompson (keys); Mark Hawkins (drums) - Dormans, Oxford Rd., Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Free. 9pm.
Pocket Jazz Orchestra "Jazz & Tapas" - No 60, Arc, Dovecote St., Stockton TS18 1LL 7pm. £10.
New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton TS18 4AW. 8:30pm.01642 678129.
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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

Swing Manouche with Daniel John Martin @ Prohibition Bar. October 4

Mick Shoulder (guitar), Giles Strong (guitar), Paul Susans (double bass) & Daniel John Martin (violin & vocals)
(Review by Russell).
Sage Gateshead was busy, no concert performances but much workshop activity. Tutors in folk, jazz, rock, voice and other disciplines welcomed their students in myriad rooms. Rank amateurs stood their ground alongside degree level students. Across the river jazz was sure to be thriving on Pink Lane. The Jazz Café’s regular jam session would attract who knows who? See the editor’s review of the evening’s comings and goings.

Meanwhile, Gateshead’s Prohibition Bar, approaching its first anniversary (Halloween!) on Rue de Brandling, opened for business. A chalked advertising board read: Parisienne Jazz. Yes, ‘Baby Face’ Mitchell’s South Bank speakeasy sought to capture something of Paris’ Left Bank (circa 1940). In town tonight, the remarkable Daniel John Martin. Have violin, will travel, and so he does. An engagement the previous evening in Liverpool, the Paris-based Englishman arrived on Rue de Brandling to meet up once again with Swing Manouche. Gateshead, then Bishop Auckland, Hexham and on to Cumbria, four dates in five days. Bon!

Django’s Anniversary Song (circa 1950) and a liberal helping of GASbook material gave an indication that the formative years of the Hot Club canon wouldn’t dominate the two sets. Daniel John Martin is a remarkable, devil-may-care virtuoso, technically gifted with   an impish, inventive streak. Originally from Congleton, Martin linked-up once again with Mick Shoulder’s Swing Manouche. Djangologie bassist Shoulder plays guitar in the band alongside fellow six-stringer Giles Strong, with Paul Susans assuming double bass duties. Shoulder’s abilities as a guitarist are on a par with other key figures on the north east Hot Club scene (Birkett, Johnston, Harris), and as a tunesmith Martin was more than happy to include a Shoulder composition in the set list. Django did, of course, feature, J’attendrai, then Swing 42 amongst others but it was Martin’s singing that delighted the audience just as much as his virtuosity as an instrumentalist; Night and Day, It Had to be You and DJM harmonising violin and voice on There Will Never be Another You.

Martin liked Prohibition Bar. The barman (attired in speakeasy garb!) was celebrating his birthday. A chocolate cake (one candle!) later to be devoured to one side, proprietor Baby Face Mitchell held the reigns (dog lead, actually- the barman’s real life, loveable mutt) as his employee took to the floor with his partner. The couple happen to be Lindy jazz dance enthusiasts. Boy! They could dance! Swing Manouche with Daniel John Martin will be at Bishop Auckland Town Hall tonight (Wednesday). To book your ticket telephone the box office on 0300 0269 524 for a seven thirty start.

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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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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