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Bebop Spoken There

Artie Shaw: “I'm not interested in giving people what they want--I'm interested in making music.” – (DownBeat October 15, 1939).

Jason Marsalis: “There's so many places that this music can go and there's a lot yet to be discovered.'” – (DownBeat April 2018)

Today Sunday March 18


Musicians Unlimited - Park Inn, Park Road, Hartlepool TS26 9HU. Tel: 01429 233126. 12 noon. Free.

Jason Isaacs & the Ambassadors of Swing - Hoochie Coochie, Pilgrim Street, Newcastle NE1 6SF. Tel: 0191 222 0130. 5:30pm (doors 4:00pm). £16.00.

Revolutionaires - Tyne Bar, Maling St, Newcastle NE6 1LP. 3pm. Free.

Somethin’ Blue - Vesuvio, 3a Houndgate, Darlington DL1 5RL. 5:00pm. Tel: 01325 788564. Matt Case (saxophone) & Mike Hepple (guitar).


POSTPONED DUE TO WEATHER! Zoë Gilby Quartet - Black Bull, Bridge Street, Blaydon NE21 4JJ. 8:00pm. £5.00. Rescheduled August 19.

Alter Ego - The Globe, 11 Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £5.00.

Bradley Johnston - The Fire Station, High Street West, Sunderland SR1 3DT. Tel: 0191 594 7241. 6:00pm. Free. New weekly residency.

Gypsy Dave Smith - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

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

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Jazz Invaders @ The Globe Jazz Bar - November 19

John Kotre (trumpet/flugel/pocket trumpet/slide trumpet); Steve Summers (tenor/soprano/percussion); Mickey Ball (guitar); Willie Angus (bass guitar); Neil Smith (drums).
(Review by Lance).
Reports vary as to whether it was 12 or 15 years since the last jazz invasion - you wouldn't have guessed it.  Opening number very tight. This was Freddie Hubbard's Super Blue with assured, fiery, solos from flugel, tenor and guitar. 
An original, Suspended Disbelief, followed. This could have been subtitled Someone Give me an A which someone duly did afterwards.

Dangerous featured Kotre playing a slide trumpet (or was it a pocket trombone?) it sounded good even though he admitted he'd never played it in public before. Great sound. Summers, as always played some blistering tenor as well as shaking things from his bag of tricks. As it was done over a Ska rhythm this was perfectly acceptable.
Churchy feel to the next number so it  was no surprise to discover it was called In the Beginning There Was Groove.
Mickey Ball didn't set his guitar on fire but, at times, you felt he just might. Rain Dance saw leader Kotre switch to pocket trumpet.
The set concluded with a Crusaders' number that I know so well that I could sing it backward yet can I think of the name?! After Street Life it's probably their best known.
Willie Angus kept it all together with Smith's drumming as sound as a Scottish pound.
Thus here endeth the first session - for me at least. The 9pm start made an early exit
regretful, but unavoidable,
A good crowd although, with Jazz Rock gigs, there always seems to be more rockers than jazzers in the audience.
Let's hope we don't have to wait for another 12 to 15 years for their next appearance.


Neil Kotre said...

That Crusaders number was 'My Mama Told Me So' from 'Those Southern Knights.' Hopefully there'll be more gigs to come!

Lance said...

Ah yes!

Robert Bosanquet said...

A great gig. Loved it. Hope there will be many more.

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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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