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Bebop Spoken There

Frank Zappa: "There was so much acid during the '60s that it was very easy for large numbers of people to think they had seen God as soon as the Beatles went boom, boom, boom, you know?." - (DownBeat May 18, 1978). – (DownBeat May 18, 1978).

Ryan Keberle: “Don't be easy on yourself when it comes to playing with perfect intonation. All other instruments will be playing with close-to-perfect intonation; the same should be expected of trombonists.'” – (DownBeat April 2018)

Today Friday March 23


Rendezvous Jazz - Monkseaton Arms, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. Tel: 0191 251 3928. 1:00pm. Free.

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free.


Jiannis Pavlidis Trio - Jazz Café, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 9:00pm. £8.00. (£6.00. advance).

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

Five Men No Dog - Prohibition Bar, Arch 3, Brandling Street, Gateshead NE8 2BA. 8:00pm (doors 7:00pm). A ‘jar on the bar’ admission event.

Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7pm.

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

Wednesday, November 09, 2016

Mike Durham’s Classic Jazz Party @ The Village Hotel. Nov 5, afternoon

(Review by Russell/photo courtesy of Patti Durham & Emra hErken)).
Friday’s late night jam session attendees appeared to be the same early Saturday morning breakfasters. Perhaps they hadn’t been to bed. The festival CD and book stall attracted an enthusiastic crowd: I think I’ve got that one. I’ll buy it anyway. By eleven, Alnwick’s VIP Brewery greeted its enthusiastic customers once more. Not one, but two hand pulls kept a cask-to-concert hall line of customers happy.
(Photo Richard Exall & Thomas Winterler at Jam Session). 
Noon. Famous Duos introduced themselves to another capacity audience. Recreating the 1930 studio session which yielded Dear Old Southland, Bent Persson’s Louis Armstrong to Keith Nichols’s Buck Washington enthralled the 2016 Classic Jazz Party gathering. As did the Venuti-Lang Wild Cat duet performed by Emma Fisk and Martin Wheatley. At an indecent hour (approximately ten minutes past midday!) Mellow Baku sang Bessie Smith accompanied by David Boeddinghaus (piano). Baku was all a fluster thinking of her jelly roll Kitchen Man. Imagine Bix on cornet and piano. Andy Schumm and Martin Litton did just that on In a Mist. A gem of a session.
Fats Waller’s Rhythm commanded the stage for a fast moving hour of Fats, courtesy of Keith Nichols. My Fate is in Your Hands said Nichols, Menno Daams nailed the coda on  Ain’t Misbehavin’  and, such is his authority on the subject, Nichols included a tune never actually recorded by Waller – Prisoner of Love.

Following Louis (a gargantuan task) hit the heights, although it took three of them to get there! Armstrong disciples Bent Persson, Duke Heitger (USA) and Rico Tomasso shared the workload in a career retrospective. Joining them in the enterprise were Switzerland’s Thomas Winteler, reeds, Alistair Allan, trombone and a dream rhythm section led by the New Orleanian David Boeddinghaus, piano, Frenchman Henri Lemaire, guitar and banjo, Graham Hughes, bass and Nick Ball, drums. Heitger’s take on I Cover the Waterfront, an excellent Basie-ish blues and the three trumpets closer with rarely heard verse – Rocking Chair – confirmed this hour long set a truly memorable occasion.

Ms Mellow Baku visited New York, USA, via a Leicester Slug and Lettuce residency and perhaps unwittingly, New York, North Tyneside. New York and Mellow presented Baku   singing a selection of classic numbers. Mellow, a firm favourite of the Classic Jazz Party, sang one great tune after another: Lady Be Good, Deed I Do, Honeysuckle Rose (in a soft-shoe style, said Baku), Mean to Me, Willow Weep for Me, On the Sunny Side of the Street and Exactly Like You. The latter number rated alongside erstwhile Classic Jazz Party star guest Ms Cécile McLorin-Salvant’s wonderful recording of the McHugh/Fields’ classic.           

The afternoon’s program ended on an emphatic upbeat. Western Swing did what it said on the campfire tin of beans. Appalling ten-gallon Stetsons, the spirit of Bob Wills, this was good fun. Martin Wheatley devised the program, any complaints should be addressed to Mr M Wheatley c/o The Classic Jazz Party.

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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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