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Bebop Spoken There

Nate Smith: "Record labels, booking agents, management, still can't imagine the drummer as bandleader" - (DownBeat January 2019).

Today Friday December 14

Afternoon

Rendezvous Jazz - Monkseaton Arms, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. Tel: 0191 251 3928. 1:00pm. Free. Xmas party with Gavin Lee added to line-up.

Swing Manouche - Bishop Auckland Town Hall, Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL14 7NP. Tel: 03000 269 524. 1:00pm. £5.00.

Evening

Boys of Brass - George Washington Hotel, Stone Cellar Road, High Heworth, Washington NE37 1PH. Tel: 0191 402 9988. 7:00pm. Xmas party night.

Strictly Smokin’ Big Band - Gosforth Civic Theatre, Regents Farm Road, Gosforth, Newcastle NE3 3HD. Tel: 0191 284 3700. 8:00pm. £12.00. + bf. First night of two.

Danny Reed - Customs House, Mill Dam, South Shields NE33 1ES. Tel: 0191 454 1234. 7:00pm. £19.95. Xmas swing with Danny Reed.

Classic Swing - Gateshead Fell Cricket Club, Eastwood Gardens, Low Fell NE9 5UB. Tel: 0191 420 0160. 8:00pm. £5.00.

Mike Sanchez & the Portions + Groove-a-matics - The Forum Music Centre, Borough Road, Darlington DL1 1SG. Tel: 01325 363135. 7:30pm. £18.00.

Will Howard Trio - Traveller’s Rest, West Auckland Road, Cockerton, Darlington DL3 9ER. Tel: 01642 468177. 8:30pm. £10.00.

Swamp Hoppers - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.

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

Monday, November 21, 2016

Peter Gilligan Quartet @ Black Bull, Blaydon. Nov 20

 Peter Gilligan (keyboards), Roly Veitch (guitar & vocals), Paul Grainger (double bass) & Rob Walker (drums)
(Review by Russell/Photos courtesy of Minnie Fraser and Russell)
At short notice Peter Gilligan stepped into the breach to replace the previously advertised attraction. Blaydon Jazz Club is known as a bastion of the Great American Songbook and pianist Gilligan is well acquainted with it. Working with club promoter Roly Veitch there was never any doubt they would come up with a set list to win the approval of the Bridge Street audience.
On a cold November Sunday evening, the competing attraction of this year’s BBC Sports Personality of the Year – it’s a foregone conclusion! – dispatching Novak Djokovic at the ATP World Tour Finals on BBC television and Christmas just around the corner, it was a heartening sight to see familiar faces making the effort, determined to Keep Music Live as the Musicians’ Union would have it.
Johnny Green’s Out of Nowhere opened the programme. The standard set, Messrs Veitch, Gilligan, Grainger and Walker maintained it throughout the evening. Gilligan’s long time bassist Paul Grainger, at the best of times in cruise control, had this one in the pocket and the presence of the versatile Rob Walker ensured a GAS booker’s delight. A first vocal of the evening came Veitch’s way on East of the Sun with sympathetic support from PG, PG and RW, piano, bass and drums respectively. Charlie Haden’s Our Spanish Love Song – a  post-GASbook modern standard – impressed Veitch. This was, perhaps, the first time that the Black Bull had heard the revered bassist/composer’s tune. It sat nicely with all.

Jerome Kern’s Long Ago and Far Away with lyrics by Ira Gershwin afforded Roly Veitch a second opportunity to sing, once again with simpatico accompaniment. Sonora featured Veitch the guitarist; soloist and quartet excelling. Veitch suggested the composer was one of the under-rated talents in jazz history – the name, Hampton Hawes. Bop trumpeter and composer Kenny Dorham’s Blue Bossa heard solos from all four musicians with a master class in hand drumming by Rob Walker, a fitting finale to a most enjoyable first set.

I Remember April (comp. Gene de Paul) picked up where the quartet left off: an effortless – or so it seemed! – reading of a classic number with guitarist Veitch taking it home. Ray Noble’s The Touch of Your Lips heard Veitch the vocalist, with pianist Gilligan fleetingly quoting The Surrey with the Fringe on Top. Roly Veitch admires fellow guitarist Jim Hall and alluded to a similarity in structure of  the great American’s Waltz New and Some Day My Price Will Come. Two compositions, a shared chord progression, a ‘contrafact’ as any musician would recognise.

A bossa Flamingo then Sam Rivers’ Beatrice a vehicle for Peter Gilligan, with a fine solo from Paul Grainger and, before we knew it, time to go, but not before a double-time take on All God’s Children Got Rhythm.
 Next month – December 18 – it’s Roly Veitch, Paul Grainger and David Francis (drums) with guests James Birkett (guitar) and Goodman clarinet virtuoso George MacDonald.
Russell.

1 comment :

Anonymous said...

Very nice to hear The Musician,s Union to get a mention.
Raymond Newton Double Bass/ Cello/ Bass Guitar

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