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Jack Cooke: "...neither Giuffre nor Jim Hall are even adequate jazz musicians, they are technically limited, and more importantly, seem unable to improvise logically" - (Review of a JATP concert. Jazz Monthly May 1960)

Bill Evans: "A composer writes something, and an orchestra interprets it--he spends maybe six months writing 10 minutes of music, but a jazz musician spends 10 minutes of playing 10 minutes of music, and he performs it himself". - (Jazz Monthly July1960).

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Today Thursday October 19

Afternoon
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Rd., nr. Newcastle NE27 0DA. 1:oopm. Free.

Tees Valley Jazzmen - White Horse Hotel, Burtree Lane, Harrowgate Hill, Darlington DL2 1RH.Darlington. 1:30pm. Free.

Evening.

Mark Williams Trio - Empty Shop, 35c Framwellgate Bridge, Durham DH1 3NJ 8:00pm. £5.00.

Indigo Jazz Voices - Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £5.

Maine Street Jazzmen - Potter's Wheel, Sunniside NE16 5EE. 8:30pm. Free.

Darlington Big Band, MD Richie Emmerson - Dormans, Oxford Rd., Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. 9pm. Free.

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.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Glowrogues @ Empty Shop - October 18

Sam Healey (alto), ? (tenor), Aaron Diaz (trumpet & electronics), Ben Watte (keys), Dan Brew (guitar), Jamie Brewster (bass) & Jim Molyneux (drums)
(Review by Russell)
Dance the Story is one of the tunes on Manchester-based Glowrogues’ debut download album Live at Jazz Plus Presents. The seven-piece band is touring its new ‘product’ on a word-of-mouth, social media whirlwind tour, and, at Durham’s Empty Shop, band and audience danced the night away. At this gig Glowrogues’ record label had a very local connection. Founders Charles and Chris knew all about the venue having recently graduated from Durham University. Now London-based, their Jazz Plus Presents business partnership inked in a Durham date on Glowrogues’ autumn tour.

CD Review: Eddie Daniels & Roger Kellaway - Just Friends

(The press release says as much, and more, about this album than I could ever come up with. Nevertheless, I go along with every word. Daniels has long been my favourite modern clarinet player of the post-De Franco era and, unlike the clarinet men who preceded him, he was one mighty tenor player too. However, its clarinet all the way here and an object lesson for anyone who thinks that modern clarinet, played with technique is passé. Maybe it is as these tracks were recorded in 1988! – Lance).

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

A Dixieland Day in the Dales

Guitarist Ron Hampton of Tees Hot Club fame has asked me to mention a trad gig coming up in Leyburn, North Yorkshire.
The Frisco Bay Hot Stompers are crossing the Pennines to play the Bolton Arms Hotel in Leyburn, North Yorkshire which is interesting for a few reasons.
The personnel includes Tom Derbyshire on bass (pictured) who, many years ago, was part of the Jim Vincent Trio with the late Marshall Walker on drums. He also, I believe, played in a college band with the late Bill Shaw. I also did a gig with him many many years ago - too long ago to remember. The last time I saw Tom was either at Marshall's funeral or when he did a dep gig with the Maine Street Jazzmen at Rosie's in South Shields. 
So much for the reminiscences!

And the band played on… Jazz Café Jam Session – October 17

(Review by Russell)
The Jazz Café’s jam session is rapidly approaching legendary status. The Pink Lane venue across the road from Newcastle Central Station is the place to be at eight o’clock (earlier if you want to sit down as seats are at a premium) every first and third Tuesday in the month. The house band is an A-list affair and the many sitters-in invariably bring their A-game to the party.
This October 17 renewal attracted a dizzying list of participants. The house trio – James Harrison foregoing the Caff’s upright piano in favour of his own keyboard, Paul Grainger on double bass and drummer Russ Morgan – set off on the right track with Yardbird Suite. Harrison likes to keep things moving (ideal at a jam session) and Mambo Inn did just that featuring a Russ Morgan solo followed by Harrison’s accomplished intro to everyone’s favourite tune – Secret Love.

The Jazz Cafe presents: 6TEEN54 Featuring José Gonçalves Thursday October 26

This last-minute addition to the programme features a quintet including Thomas Dixon (saxophones) and Jamie Jingles (guitar) from our monthly resident band ‘Bearpark,’ Inês Gonçalves (piano) from the Sage Gateshead jazz degree course, Ben Fitzgerald (drums) and José Gonçalves (electric bass), a special star guest from Portugal, the father of the band’s pianist making a flying visit to the city.
José Gonçalves founded the RIFF school of jazz at Aveiro whose students won 1st place at the prestigious São Luiz Jazz festival. As a musician, he performs on both electric and double bass in a number of genres with artists including Oscar Graça, Alexandre Coelho, Fernando Rodrigues, José Martinho and many others.

The band will be performing an array of fresh original tunes by José Gonçalves, Thomas Dixon and Inês Gonçalves and some modern interpretations of standards.
Dave Clarke
Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW.  October 26, 8pm. £3.

CD Review: Andrew Linham Jazz Orchestra - Weapons of Mass Distraction

Call me old-fashioned, not just because I love the moonlight, but because I tend to go along with (most of the time) Duke's maxim that it don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing. 
From the opening bars of Screaming Ab Dabs I knew that, even without any do-wah-do-wah- do wahs, this had that swing.
21st-century swing that is - timeless swing. The rhythms may not be the chug chug chug of long ago but the essential pulse is there irrespective of the meter. As the man once said, "If you gotta ask..."
Sharking in the Chalet (don't ask!) has a TV cop show feel about it with some fine piano from Tom Millar, fluent soprano from Tommy Andrews and an ensemble licensed to kill.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Clark Tracey to play fundraising concert for the National Jazz Archive as a tribute to Stan Tracey

(We rarely publicise events out of the area but, when it involves the NJA - an organisation we hold dear - we sometimes make an exception as is the case here. Award-winning drummer Clark Tracey is bringing his quartet to play a fundraising concert for the National Jazz Archive on 24 November in Walthamstow, North East London, an event worth supporting for those of our readers within stomping distance of the venue so, without apology, the press release is below - Lance). 
Press release.
To celebrate what would have been Stan Tracey’s 90th year, Clark Tracey has written the definitive biography of his father (The Godfather of British Jazz), being published by Equinox Publishing. The concert will be part of the book’s launch and will feature Stan’s music and well-known jazz standards. Stan was an important British jazz pianist and composer whose distinguished career spanned six decades.
Clark Tracey is one of the UK's premier jazz men with an international career as an outstanding composer, arranger and drummer. He has won Best Drummer in various awards five times, including the British Jazz Awards in 2016 and 2017.

Preview: This Sunday at Hoochie Coochie.

The occasional jazzy Sunday afternoon slots at Hoochie are rapidly approaching legendary status. Jason Isaacs Big Band,  the Strictly Smokin' Big Band and Gerry Richardson's Big Idea are, themselves, already legends in their own right and the audiences are fully aware of this. Last Sunday, Hoochie was packed out for SSBB - a gig that had the added incentive of featured guest Joe Stilgoe. This coming Sunday, Gerry Richardson's Big Idea return with an even bigger incentive - it's FREE!

Three million and counting!











(Report by Russell/Cartoons by the late Bill Shaw.)
Bebop Spoken Here’s regular contributor Ken Drew (words and photography) has had his eye on the BSH hit counter. It has now clocked up a clicktastic (Ken’s term!) THREE MILLION hits!!! Ken suggested that this milestone should not go without comment. 
Lance Liddle, BSH Editor in Chief,  musician (retired) and lifelong jazz fan had the idea of putting a few thoughts online about the local (north east of England) jazz scene, perhaps wondering if anyone would read, let alone respond to, them.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Strictly Smokin’ Big Band with Joe Stilgoe @ Hoochie Coochie - October 15

Joe Stilgoe piano & vocals w. Strictly Smokin' Big Band.*
(Review by Russell)
The Strictly Smokin’ Big Band at Hoochie Coochie is a guarantee of top quality entertainment. Add a ‘big name’ guest to the event and you’ve got the makings of a memorable occasion. This Sunday afternoon gig - doors four o’clock, band on stage five thirty - attracted a large crowd, many of whom know a good thing when they hear it. Michael Lamb’s dynamic big band knocks spots off most with its ensemble work, the sections packed with accomplished soloists and the cherry on the top in the form of vocalists Alice Grace and F’reez. The bonus on this gig? Due to the standard of the Strictly Smokin’ Big Band’s musicianship, it was possible to secure the services of a musician of the calibre of Mr Joe Stilgoe.
Lounge suits the order of the day, the Strictly Smokin’ roared into action with Mexicali Nose. Buddy Rich’s Big Swing Face album continues to provide rich pickings (no pun intended) for the big bands of today and the guys in the SSBB helped themselves. Vocalist F’reez turned up the heat on Julian ‘Cannonball’ Adderley’s Things Are Getting Better with MD Michael Lamb leading from the front.

Preview: Indigo Jazz Voices @ The Globe - October 19

Don’t miss the chance to hear these fine local singers this Thursday.  They are performing an excellent choice of songs, which includes Let There Be Love; Moonglow; the mythical Nature Boy;
Lullaby Of Birdland; and That Old Devil Called Love. All this is sung to the accompaniment of the superb Alan Law on piano. The singers are Jen Errington, Jenny Lingham, Carrie McKullock, Miriam McCormick and David Edgar. Five individual voices interpreting songs which are well worth listening to.
Admission is £5, well worth the price, and proceedings begin at 7.30pm.
I’ll be there so I hope that YOU are there as well!
Ann Alex

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Geoff Eales @ The Maltings Jazz Weekend - October 14

Geoff Eales (piano)
(Review by Russell)
Lunchtime Saturday, the rain just about holding off on the second day of the inaugural Maltings’ ‘Jazz Weekend’. Berwick upon Tweed bustled as tourists mingled with locals out shopping, bed and breakfasts advertising ‘no vacancies’, the YHA on Dewar’s Lane doing good business.  
At two o’clock a near capacity Henry Travers Studio audience set off on a whirlwind tour of jazz piano from A to Z through one hundred years and more of the recorded history of the music. An almost impossible task, but if anyone could do it, Geoff Eales was the man. Billed simply as ‘The History of Jazz Piano’ Eales adopted the maxim ‘If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’. From Scott Joplin to Geoff Eales, and several superstar pianists in between, the chronology was laid out before us.
Ragtime Scott Joplin – Maple Leaf Rag, The Entertainer – played by Geoff Eales at the Maltings’ Steinway piano – not a bad way to spend a Saturday afternoon! Eales introduced each piece to, one suspects, an audience more than familiar with both pianists and tunes performed. Jelly Roll Morton (Eales) playing Maple Leaf Rag demonstrated the new thing – ‘swing’. It was clear to all that Eales had the history of jazz piano literally at his fingertips.

CD Review: Indigo Kid 111 - Moment Gone in the Clouds

Dan Messore (guitar); Gareth Lockrane (flute); Calum Gourlay (bass); Tim Giles (drums).
(Review by Lance).
As the title implies, this is the third studio outing for Dan Messore's Indigo Kid set up. However, this time around, it's with a different line-up although, still a quartet.
Well, any band that has Gareth Lockrane on flute will do for me whether it's with his own big band or in a small group such as this. Fluting at its finest. Coupled with Messore's playing and compositions, support from Gourlay and Giles it paints indigo as a much brighter colour than Duke's perception of it.

Classic Swing Coming Soon to Monkseaton on Tuesdays

The newly formed band, Classic Swing, start a weekly lunchtime residency on Tuesday, October 31 (and all subsequent Tuesdays) at The Ship on Front St. in Monkseaton NE25 8DP. The pub is easily accessible being only a 2-minute walk from Monkseaton Metro Station.
Fronted by trumpeter and occasional clarinetist Bob Wade, the band will also feature the vocals of Olive Rudd along with, Jim McBriarty on reeds and vocals; Colin Haikney on Keys; Alan Rudd on double bass and an, as yet, unnamed drummer.
The band, whose style is predominantly mainstream also play Monday Lunchtimes at the Marquis of Granby, Sunniside.
Both gigs are from 1pm to 3pm.
Lance

Saturday, October 14, 2017

CD Review: Lauren Kinhan - A Sleepin’ Bee

Lauren Kinhan (vocal); Andy Ezrin (piano); Matt Penman (bass); Jared Schonig (drums) + Ingrid Jensen (trumpet 3 tracks).
(Review by Dave Brownlow).
Lauren Kinhan, a talented singer, songwriter and arranger, has created an album of classic and lesser-known standards as a tribute to Nancy Wilson, drawing particularly from her early ‘60s  collaborations with Cannonball Adderley and George Shearing. Lauren has enjoyed a varied career as a long-time member of vocal “supergroup” New York Voices, as co-founder of groups Moss and JaLaLa and as a solo singer in her own right with several releases to her name.
A warm expressive voice allied with a tremendous vocal technique enables her to move effortlessly through various genres – hollerin’ in bluesy/gospel style one minute, melancholy or slapstick the next. Accompanied by pianist and co-arranger Andy Ezrin, a brilliant and thoughtful accompanist in the musicianly style of Hank Jones, the more-than-competent Matt Penman and Jared Schonig and, on three tracks, the outstanding, idiosyncratic, trumpeter Ingrid Jensen.

Friday, October 13, 2017

CD Review: Joy Ellis - Life on Land.

Joy Ellis (voice/piano/rhodes/compositions); Rob Luft (guitar); Henrik Jensen (bass); Adam Osmianski (drums) + James Copus (flugel on tks 4 & 10); Binker Golding (tenor on tks 2 & 8).
(Review by Lance).
Ellis, a London based singer, makes an impressive debut with this F-IRE Presents album finding inspiration for her compositions from her native Haringey via photos, street art, architecture and London in general. The cultural diversity, the hectic tempo, the harshness, the loneliness, the neighbourhoods. I suppose we all could find similar inspiration in our own hometown but, with the possible exception of New York, nowhere in such varied abundance as in our capital city.

Binker & Moses @ GCT Jazz Club - October 12

Binker Golding (tenor saxophone) & Moses Boyd (drums)
(Review by Russell/Photos courtesy of Ken Drew).
They strolled out, unannounced, to a muted, but not indifferent, reception. Gosforth Jazz Club’s biggest audience yet, comprising graduates and undergraduates from Durham University, Sage Gateshead and Newcastle University and many others there to hear the current hot pick wasn’t
to be disappointed. Binker and Moses were in town and, for now, they can do no wrong.
Afterwards, walking to the Metro station, a young piano player of Jazz Café jam session renown remarked that tenor saxophonist Binker Golding has an amazing tone. Absolutely right! Golding can play, no question about it – as a member of Zara McFarlane’s band at Sage Gateshead the Tomorrow’s Warriors’ alumnus made a big impression. McFarlane’s drummer on that occasion? One Moses Boyd. The Londoners can play, big time! This stripped back tenor saxophone/drums set held the attention throughout. The duo have recorded two all analogue, all valve albums cut on vintage lathes. This Gosforth gig held true to their ‘first take, no edit’ approach.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

NYC Poll honours George Wein

Once again, I'm thanking Maurice Summerfield. On this occasion, for drawing my attention to the results of the Fifth Annual Fans Decision Hot House Poll.
Hot House is the longest running NYC Jazz mag and the first thing you must pick-up when you get there - It's their version of Bebop Spoken Here! Needless to say, we're delighted to see George Wein (pictured left) voted as the Honoree of the Year. George has connections with the UK and, on his last visit to the area, he was at Blaydon Jazz Club where he was impressed by Paul Edis - maybe Paul will, one day, be on this list.
Lance

James Birkett & Bradley Johnston @ King’s Hall, Newcastle University - October 12

 James Birkett (guitar) & Bradley Johnston (guitar)
(Review by Russell)
Newcastle University’s lunchtime concert series welcomed the jazz guitar duo of James Birkett and Bradley Johnston. Birkett has spent a working life in music education, and Johnston was one of his students until the Wearsider graduated with First Class Honours from the BMus degree programme based at Sage Gateshead. Their performance of fifty minutes in the recently refurbished King’s Hall comprised nine compositions, of which two were written by Birkett and a waltz by Johnston.

CD Review: Brandon Allen - The Gene Ammons Project.


Brandon Allen (tenor); Ross Stanley (piano/Rhodes/Hammond); Arnie Somogi (elec/acc. bass); Matt Home (drums).
(Review by Lance).
As someone who first heard Gene Ammons blowing Seven-Eleven alongside Sonny Stitt on a still treasured Esquire 78 that was later followed up by a 10" LP on the same label,  I viewed this CD by Brandon Allen with a mixture of anticipation - and fear!
Fantastic that one of today's leading UK tenor men saw fit to delve into Ammon's legacy but there was also the worry of whether or not he could he cut it.
I needn't have worried!

Lambton Big Band

(Report by Russell)
Bebop Spoken Here has gained privileged access to the rehearsal night of a new, young big band. Based in the Chester-le-Street area, the band has been meeting on a weekly basis since March of this year. The Lambton Big Band, under the leadership of trumpeter Callum Mellis, is making giant strides ahead of its debut performance later this year.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

2017 All Party Parliamentary Jazz Awards - Winners

Jazz Vocalist of the Year: Cleveland Watkiss
Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year: Shabaka Hutchings
Jazz Album of the Year: Dinosaur – “Together As One”
Jazz Ensemble of the Year: Phronesis
Jazz Newcomer of the Year: Nerija
Jazz Venue of the YearScarborough Jazz Festival.
Jazz Media Award: Chris Philips
Jazz Education Award: Tomorrows Warriors
Services to Jazz Award: Tony Dudley-Evans
Special APPJAG Award: Jim Mullen

RIP Grady Tate

Sad to report the death of American drummer Grady Tate on Sunday (October 8). A man for all seasons, he could slot into any set-up although I think soul/funk was his preferred meter. I first encountered him on a couple of Jimmy Smith albums and his drive and solid foundation helped to make them as incredible as one of the album's titles said it would be.
Apart from drumming, Grady Tate was also highly regarded as a singer - listen to what he does with Moondance.
Regrettably, I never heard him live, now I never will...
He was 85. Sadly missed.
Lance

Maja Bugge + Lilli Unwin Band @ The Bridge Hotel, Newcastle - October 8

Maja Bugge  (cello)
(Review/photos courtesy of Ken Drew)
Maja Bugge is a Norwegian cellist and composer based in Lancaster. She is currently a Northern Line artist for Jazz North where she performs music inspired by the simultaneously beautiful and brutal landscapes of the north of Norway, where she was born and brought up. Maja’s unique sound explores stillness and repetition, harmony and dissonance. Her music balances melody and rhythm with external ambiance, acoustics and atmosphere.  So says the info preceding this concert, and it is spot on!  Tonight we heard beautiful, meditative soundscapes blending everyday sounds, melody and improvisation, coupled with the expressive sounds of a lone 'cello sounding out the natural ambiance and acoustics of the performance space which for tonight was the Bridge Hotel (where many musicians enjoy and comment on the acoustics of the room). But her background is more wide-ranging than this…..

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Preview: Binker & Moses @ GCT

(Preview by Russell/photo from GIJF).
This Thursday, 12 October, a coup will take place at Gosforth Civic Theatre (GCT). The hot ticket at this year’s Gateshead International Jazz Festival featured Binker Golding and Moses Boyd. An electric atmosphere inspired a committed performance from the Londoners. Six months on Binker and Moses are to play a gig in the Newcastle suburb of Gosforth!

Preview: XPQ for Blaydon

(By Russell)
It’s early autumn, the nights are beginning to draw in, this means our annual tenor saxophone treat is almost upon us. Year in year out, mid-October, Darlington’s Opus 4 Jazz Club and Blaydon Jazz Club present two of the best jazz gigs anywhere in the country. A capacity audience is the norm, it pays to arrive early to secure a seat, then sit back and enjoy two sets of swinging, mainstream jazz the likes of which one can only dream about.

The Julian Costello Quartet @ The Globe: October 7

Julian Costello (ten, sop saxes); Maciek Pysz (guitar); Michele Tacchi (bass guitar);  Adam Teixeira (drums).
(Review by Ann Alex/Photo courtesy of Dave Parker)
I didn’t know what to expect, as the sax player and guitarist had taken an excellent workshop at the Sage in the afternoon, mostly based on Miles Davis’s Flamenco Sketches, with us doing melodies based on modes, heady stuff. What we got in the evening is what I’d describe as ‘International Jazz’.
Tunes with influences from Poland, the East, martial drum beats, J S Bach-like guitar melodies, and titles such as Panettone, Walking Through The Jungle, Halloumi (Julian is addicted to this, or so he said).This was all thoroughly enjoyable, played to an appreciative audience, and I can’t wait for the band’s next visit.

Monday, October 09, 2017

Jazz Jam @ Empty Shop - October 8













(Review by Russell)
From the Quakerhouse a mad dash to the Empty Shop to hear who’s new on the Durham scene. Durham University students are back and most Sundays during term time you can find hordes of them on the first floor of 35c Framwellgate Bridge. This Sunday was no different – cool dudes, or dudes looking cool, some trying to look anything other than a fresher, the place was crowded.

Paul Edis & Graham Hardy @ The Quakerhouse - October 8

Paul Edis (piano) & Graham Hardy (trumpet & flugelhorn)
(Review by Russell)
Darlington Jazz Club advertised this Quakerhouse gig as Ray Dales. However, key members of Dales’ band had a better offer… working with a well-known TV personality! Understandably Dales decided to reschedule the booking leaving the organisers to hastily arrange an alternative band. The best they could come up with was a piano/trumpet duo.  

Ah, not any old duo. At short notice, Messrs P. Edis and G. Hardy travelled from Tyneside to help out. Well, you can’t go wrong, can you? Top class pianist Paul Edis, top class trumpeter Graham Hardy and you’ve got yourself a top-class gig. Darlington Jazz Club’s regulars know a good thing when they hear it, what a treat! The upstairs room in the Quakerhouse was described by Edis as ‘bijou’ and that’s about right. An ancient hostelry, original beams etc, and a Camra award-winning selection of beers makes this Mechanics’ Yard watering hole a favourite of many.

End of an Era

I'm saddened to report that the popular Jesmond Jazzerie and restaurant The Cherry Tree, is to close. They are accepting reservations and providing normal service until Saturday the 14th of October 2017.  Their agents Knight Frank are presently inviting applications from parties interested in acquiring the property and it is understood that they have received interest from several parties. Anyone interested should contact Rebecca Maddison at Knight Frank tel. 0191 594 5006.

Jazz Musicians are Timewasters!

Tonight (Monday) at ten o’clock on ITV 2 the first of six half-hour episodes of a brand new comedy series features four twenty-first century young black jazz musicians transported back in time to the Roaring Twenties. In Timewasters the Londoners’ time machine is destroyed, stranding the quartet in 1926. Amidst their desire to return to the present day they’re offered a high society gig…in 1926. Along the way, they meet John Logie Baird!
Daniel Lawrence Taylor, Kadiff Kirwan, Adelayo Adedayo and Samson Kayo star as the time (jazz time!) travellers. Daniel Lawrence Taylor co-wrote Timewasters with Barunka O’Shaughnessy. The fact that terrestrial tv is allotting air time to a comedy series centred on a jazz quartet is something to celebrate. Fingers crossed that Timewasters is re-commissioned.   
Russell          

Preview: The Maltings Jazz Weekend - October 13-15

(By Russell)
Berwick upon Tweed is the place to be this weekend. The Maltings’ inaugural ‘jazz weekend’ is a welcome addition to the region’s buoyant jazz scene. Bebop Spoken Here defines ‘the region’ as anything and everything jazz between Berwick in the north to Saltburn by the Sea in the south of the region and way out west to Haltwhistle.
Berwick Maltings presents occasional, high-quality jazz concerts and this new venture is nothing if not a top quality programme. Five events over three days, beginning on Friday evening (Oct 13th) with Don Paterson’s all-star Situation and concluding with a gumbo jazz brunch on Sunday (15th). Three concerts – Don Paterson’s Situation, Geoff Eales’ entertaining and informative ‘The History of Jazz Piano’ and an evening of Pat Metheny by way of Fred Thelonious Baker – plus a workshop with Baker and a farewell brunch make for a busy weekend up on the border.

Sunday, October 08, 2017

Homage to Clifford Brown

Scanning through some Jazz Monthly magazines from the 1950s I encountered this poem by one F.E. Flemen. Flemen, you may recall, was the poet whose works were read by Ralph Watson at the June 1958 poetry and jazz session that Maurice Summerfield referred to a few days ago.
This poem, Homage to Clifford Brown, appeared in the January 1959 edition of Jazz Monthly. I wonder if it was one of the poems read at the June 25 session?*
Lance
*Clifford Brown was killed in a car crash on June 26, 1956. Almost two years to the day prior to the session.

The ones that (nearly) got away. Newcastle Festival of Jazz & Improvised Music 2017

(By Ken Drew) 
BSH has reviewed most of the performances given throughout the (inaugural) Newcastle Festival of Jazz and Improvised music from Thurs Sept. 29 to Sun Oct. 1.  Two gaps are filled here, not by reviews, but by pictures (easily worth a thousand words!)
On Thursday, Sept. 28, Bearpark gave the opener to the Festival upstairs in the Jazz Café.  Thanks to Diane Jones for these photos.   The line-up was: Adam Watson (Drums); Jamie Jingles (Guitar); Stephen Hall (Bass Guitar); Thomas Dixon (Saxophone); Tom Bearpark (Hammond).
Comments posted after the performance, to an audience of 30+ at the Jazz Café included:  ‘It was a great gig really enjoyed it! ‘ and ‘Great gig thank you’. 
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Saturday, October 07, 2017

Mark Williams Trio – CD Launch ‘Last Bus to Bensham’ @ Jazz Café Fri Sept 29

Mark Williams (Guitar) / Paul Susans (Bass) / Russ Morgan (Drums)
(Review/photos by Ken Drew)
'Last Bus to Bensham' is the much anticipated second album from the Mark Williams Trio, and its launch was presented as part of Jazz North East’s monthly 'Schmazz' series, and as part of the inaugural Newcastle Festival of Jazz and Improvised Music.  Featuring three of Tyneside’s most respected musicians the trio performed tracks from their new album together with older tunes from the debut 'Balaclava Street’ CD, plus some newer material, which bodes well for the future.
The first tune, only quiet at the start, made use of guitar effects producing a swirling sound, accompanied by very energetic drums, resulting in a dynamic and frantic piece. Then a segue into the second tune with guitar intro /solo leading into bass solo (much applause – the audience were not just awake but already in an eager and welcoming state!) then back to guitar with much less effects, just a nice rounded guitar tone and extensive use of the fretboard.  Then a switch back to the swirling guitar sound making space for Morgan on percussion.  Another segue took us into the third tune with Williams setting out a thematic tune with an interesting riff.  This had a bluesy feel and included a brief bass solo.  Nice laid-back sound, perfectly played followed by resounding applause.

Pizzicato & Pizza, Tango & Django. Emma Fisk & Paul Edis @ St. Cuthbert’s Centre, Crook. October 6

Emma Fisk, violin and Paul Edis, piano.
(Review by Jerry)
Emma Fisk promised to not only reprise many of the tunes which were so well-received here last year but to also “throw in a few new ones…for variety” and she was as good as her word with about a third of the set-list being new to me. However, nothing in this well-planned and impeccably performed evening could really be described as “thrown in”!
Elgar’s “hit”, Chanson de Matin, went down well again as did Dvorak’s lyrical Romantic Piece and the hard to categorise fragments from Brecht/Weill’s Threepenny Opera. Bach popped up in the piano solo when It’s Only a Paper Moon was played as a requested “fast one” and Boehm’s Bolero helped subsidise the publication of music by Brahms – the evening was all about connections!

Gray Day on Sunday

On Sunday (October 8) New York jazz radio station WKCR broadcasts a tribute to the late tenor saxist Wardell Gray who died in mysterious circumstances back in July 1955. The 5-hour program starts at 7pm GMT and should be well worth tuning in to.
Details.
Lance.

RIP Bunny Sigler

The news that Philadelphia soul singer Bunny Sigler has passed away comes as something of a shock. It was only this August that I enthusiastically reviewed his then newly released single Angel Eyes. That I don't normally review singles says much for this one and for Bunny Sigler. I was knocked out and eagerly looked forward to the album that it was to be part of.
Too little, too late, I should have checked him out years ago. Maybe not a jazz singer (whatever that is!) but he could handle a lyric with the best of them.
Bunny Sigler died on October 6. He was 76.
Sadly missed.
Lance.
Obituary.

Friday, October 06, 2017

Jazz and Poetry in 1958











Maurice sent me this piece of northeast jazz history pictured above. The event took place on June 25, 1958.
Interesting to note the pianist with the Barry Dixon Septet was Bill Harper. As I don't recognise any of the other names perhaps Bill might care to enlighten us?
Ralph Watson, the reader sitting on the piano, went on to have an acting career:
Ralph Watson (born 20 January 1936) is a British actor whose credits include Z-CarsDixon of Dock GreenDoctor Who (in the serials The Web of Fear, The Monster of Peladon and Horror of Fang Rock),PorridgeAuf Wiedersehen, PetThe BillAgatha Christie's Poirot and Casualty.
Lance.

Longtime Los Angeles studio and jazz drummer Frank Capp passed away yesterday, September 12, 2017.

Somehow we overlooked this one. Fortunately, Maurice S picked up on it and drew my belated attention to it. The Capp/Pierce Juggernaut was one of the most powerful big bands of the'70s. Frankie Capp was one of the most versatile drummers around. RIP - Lance
Biography
Capp was born August 20, 1931 in Worcester, Massachusetts. He began playing with Stan Kenton starting in 1951 and remained with Kenton for some time. Later he joined Neal Hefti's group. He often accompanied Peggy Lee on some of her road dates and subse­quently came to Los Angeles where he joined Billy May and recorded with The Wrecking Crew.
Together with Nat Pierce he founded the Capp/Pierce Juggernaut Big Band in 1975.[
Frank com­plained that rock drummers had ruined drum hardware. By playing harder than jazz drummers, cymbal stands were built heavier over the years. Frank said, "I used to be able to move my entire drum kit by myself on the NYC subway. Link.

Wes says 'Thank you'.


I'm just getting in touch to say a massive thank you to everyone for your involvement in the first 'Newcastle Festival of Jazz and Improvised music'.

All of the feedback that I have received with regards to the festival has been very positive and we had great audiences right across the board for every gig, with three shows selling out we had to turn people away, it was busier than I think any of us could have predicted.
Whilst not all of the funding that was applied for was received, those additional ticket sales meant the losses were certainly manageable.
Artistically the music was absolutely brilliant, and the festival fulfilled it's ambition to bring the established audiences into the concerts, but also to encourage new listeners and create awareness of the different venues and promoters that are currently working in Newcastle no 
matter what the role, it takes the commitment of everyone involved to make something like this successful and the willingness to embrace the idea.
So, once again, many thanks for your support, I hope that this was the first of many.
Wes.

Classic Swing @ Ashington Jazz Club.


Bob Wade (trumpet/flugel/clarinet); Jim McBriarty (sax/clarinet); Malcolm Armstrong (piano); Alan Rudd (bass); Ian Hetherington (drums); Olive Rudd (vocal).

(Proxy review by Lance)
John Taylor, the Norman Granz of Ashington, tells me that Bob Wade's Classic Swing played some classic swing on their first visit to The Elephant - HQ of AJC.
He sent me the set list to prove it and backed it up with a Facebook video. Ian Hetherington was a late dep on drums and, I'm told, brought the house down.
Classic Swing can also be heard Monday lunchtimes at the Marquis of Granby, Sunniside.
Lance.

Newcastle Festival of Jazz & Improvised Music 2017 @ Black Swan Bar & Venue - September 30

(Review by Steve T/Photos courtesy of Ken Drew).
Julien Desprez took to the stage armed with a guitar and pedals and went straight into what I guess you could call an extended riff, lasting sufficiently long enough to make me wonder whether it would be the whole piece or even set. Europeans don't seem to have the same rush to get to the hook that we do, perhaps it’s a result of our preoccupation with pop music that we seem to do it better than the rest of the world.
Suddenly! he began striking the guitar intermittently, creating an explosion of sound. Long-suffering but eternally patient guitarist observer Mrs T joked he has anger management issues but another lady admitted to actually being a little scared. We were taken on a journey in sound utilising the full arsenal available to a modern day guitarist. He was up and down out of his seat like Westlife through a string of big key changes, when resolution was finally offered, it ended just as it had begun.
Is it Jazz? Is it music or just sound? Is all sound music? Was he playing guitar or could it just as easily have been a keyboard? Or a computer? Does it matter?
Artists generally say they prefer a response - any response - rather than indifference. They want us to love it but would rather we hate it than have nil response. Job done.

Thursday, October 05, 2017

CD Review: Dom Pipkin - Smokin' Boogie: The Live Bootleg Sessions

Dom Pipkin (piano/vocal)
(Review by Lance).
It's close on two years since I heard and was knocked out by Dom and the Ikos at Hoochie Coochie. They've been back since but, unfortunately, circumstances decreed that I missed their last visit. However, this solo outing by Dom goes someway to making up for it. Subtitled The Live Bootleg Sessions and recorded at various southern venues it's a belter. If the UK had a Mason-Dixon Line these would be well south of it. In fact, close your eyes and use a bit of imagination and you could well find yourself below the actual MD Line rather than at St. Leonards on Sea, Cheltenham or the East Surrey College where some of these tracks were laid down to enthusiastic applause. 

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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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