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Alan Luff: “The general view is that Ella’s songbook recordings are the supreme exemplars of sophistication, fine diction and creative voice in the wide field of popular music.” – (Jazz Journal May 2017).

Steve Voce: “Most of us have been crashed into by cretins who walk along the road absorbed in the screens of their mobile phones.” – (Jazz Journal May 2017).

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Bebop Spoken Here is currently listed at number 22 in the WORLD JAZZ BLOG Rankings!

Today Friday May 26

Afternoon
Harambee Pasadia - See RH Column.
Rendezvous Jazz - The Black Horse, Front St., Monkseaton, Whitley Bay NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free.
Paul Wilkinson - St. Nicholas Cathedral, St. Nicholas Square, Newcastle NE1 1PF. 1:05pm. Retiring collection.
Mark Williams/Joel Byrne McCullough - Gala Theatre, Millennium Place, Durham DH1 1WA. 1pm. £5.
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Evening
Harambee Pasadia - See RH Column.
Ruth Lambert Quartet - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 9pm, £7 (£6 in advance.)
Hand to Mouth (Lindsay Hannon/Bradley Johnston) - High Friars Lane (Tyneside Cinema), Free, al fresco, 8pm. food and drink available.
Chris James & Martin Fletcher - Billy Bootleggers - 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.
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Imelda May - Sage Gateshead. 7pm. £38.20/£27.30 VIP Option £104.
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Hokum Hotshots - National Glass Centre, Liberty Way, Sunderland SR6 0GL. 7:30pm. £27.50. Tel: 0191 515 5555. ‘Bourbon & Blues’ three course meal - booking essential.
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Strictly Smokin' Big Band - Ushaw College, nr. Durham. 7:30pm. £7.
Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7pm.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Going Dutch @ The Lit & Phil (evening session) - January 22

(Review by Steve H/photo courtesy of Ken Drew)
The evening comprised of 3 sets; each with one established act and one brand new grouping.  Kicking off the first set was a quartet featuring Ab Baars on Sax, Olie Brice on bass, Jasper Stadhouders on guitar and Martin Von Duynhoven on drums who produced an interesting improvised piece. Kaya Drakslar then performed an amazing contemporary, improvised offering on the grand piano which began with what appeared to be the sound of church bells ringing and ended with the amplified rustling of paper blowing in a gale. On inspection of the piano afterward, one could see how things had been set up with the inside of the piano covered in bells, magnets, pegs, paper etc. The performance was quite mesmerising and hypnotic and was warmly appreciated by all present.
A new grouping of Reinier Baas on guitar, Faye MacCalam on sax & clarinet and Ig Henneman on viola began the second third of the evening. The trio produced a fairly minimalist and thought-provoking atmospheric number. Prior to the evening session, a fellow member of the audience had remarked that the ambiance of the Lit and Phil as a venue lent itself to performers playing with great respect and intense thoughtfulness. By the end of the second set, he was eating his words! The established band of Cactus Truck (Jasper Stadhouders guitar, Onno Govaert drums, John Dikeman sax) really tore it up, producing crash bang thrashing music of the most exhilarating order. One of my friends likened Dikeman’s playing to that of ‘a rutting stag’ as the band nearly took the roof off the 19th Century library – it doesn’t get much better than that. After a calming break, there followed a moving duet by Ig Henneman on viola and Kaja Draksler on piano which concluded with Henneman singing a version of the nursery rhyme ‘Row your boat’! The event closed with a very fine set from Jasper Stadhouders guitar, Onno Govaert drums and regular Tyneside visitor Wilbert de Joode on bass. So a marvelous and life-affirming festival of joyous creativity came to an end. Congratulations and thanks must go to all those involved: promoters, performers, and all the other people who made such a successful event possible. As the old rhyme goes, ‘life is but a dream’.
Ab Baars (reeds); Reinier Baas (guitar); Olie Brice (bass); Wilbert de Joode (bass); John Dikeman (sax); Kaja Draksler (piano); Onno Govaerts (drums); Ig Henneman (viola); Faye MacCalman (reeds); Jasper Stadhouders (guitar); Martin van Duynhoven (drums).
Steve H.

1 comment :

  1. Snuck in for the last ten minutes on Saturday night and it was pretty wild.
    All day sunday I had a feeling I'd made a miss-calculation.
    When I spoke to Francis, who played in Amsterdam with Jambone and met and heard some Dutch Jazz musicians, he told me I must go, but it was too late.
    Fortunately the diet hasn't worked so I haven't managed to kick myself in the head, but the back of both legs are severely bruised.

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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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