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Bebop Spoken There

Jackie McLean: “I can't understand British audiences. In Britain there doesn't seem to be any curiosity." (Melody Maker, April 1, 1961).

Charles Mingus: "It seems to me that if our records were not issued in Britain, the British cats would have to think for themselves" (Jazz News, July 26th 1961)

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Today Thursday July 27

Afternoon
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Rd., nr. Newcastle NE27 0DA. 1:oopm. Free.
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Tyne Valley Jazzmen - No 1 Champagne Bar, 1 Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL4 7 NJ 12:30pm. Free.
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Evening.
Strictly Smokin' Big Band - The Millstone, Haddricks Mill Rd., South Gosforth NE3 3DB. 7pm. Cancelled for pub refurbishment. Back August 31.
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Alter Ego - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8pm. £5.
Jo Harrop & Paul Edis - The Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm
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Maine Street Jazzmen - Potter's Wheel, Sunniside NE16 5EE, 8:30pm. Free.
Ray Johnson & Richard Herdman - Prohibition Bar, Arch 3, Brandling St., Gateshead NE2 2BA. 8pm. Free.
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Paul Skerritt Band - The Pennyweight, Bakehouse Hill, Darlington DL1 5QA. 9pm. Free.
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Tees Hot Club w. Kevin Eland (tpt); Donna Hewitt (alto); Graham Thompson (keys); Mark Hawkins (drums) - Dormans, Oxford Rd., Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Free. 9pm.
Pocket Jazz Orchestra "Jazz & Tapas" - No 60, Arc, Dovecote St., Stockton TS18 1LL 7pm. £10.
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.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Mick Shoulder’s Swing Manouche avec Picasso, Miró et al @ Bishop Auckland Town Hall - March 24

Mick Shoulder (guitar), Giles Strong (guitar), Paul Edis (clarinet) & Paul Susans (double bass)
(Review by Russell/Photo courtesy of Jerry Edis).
Mick Shoulder mixes with superstars as a matter of routine. This Friday lunchtime concert in the McGuinness Gallery at Bishop Auckland Town Hall, the second in a new monthly series of jazz gigs in the resurgent County Durham market town, featured Shoulder’s Swing Manouche outfit playing to a large audience including Pablo Picasso, Joan Miró and Elizabeth Frink.

Swing Manouche opted to play acoustically in the lower ground floor McGuinness Gallery. Swing ’51 began the hour-long programme, the acoustics just fine. Shoulder’s band mates – Paul Edis, clarinet, sporting a Stéphane Grappelli-inspired shirt (see photo), Giles Strong, guitar and double bass maestro Paul Susans – featured on All of Me, and Susans accepted Shoulder’s invitation to take another solo on Anniversary Song, saying to Shoulder, mid-tune: Another one! Giles Strong impressed on Django’s Hungaria and again on Shoulder’s Cigaro Bolero. Shoulder himself got a look in on Lulo Reinhardt’s Lulo’s Swing – democracy in action, one by one basking in the sunny Bishop Auckland spotlight.
 A party of school children from St John’s School and Sixth form College enjoyed the performance (worth ducking out of double Mathematics!) and this second concert in the series suggests that an audience is out there keen to hear top class jazz on its doorstep. Swing Manouche concluded the hour-long set with I’ll See You in My Dreams, Shoulder’s menacing Gonzo’s Waltz and a Hot Club standard – Django’s Minor Swing. Pablo Picasso, Joan Miró and several other greats of the visual arts’ world looked on with admiration, no doubt recalling hearing the real thing – Django, Stéphane and the pre-war Quintette du Hot Club de France. The attendance of Pablo, Joan et al was in two-dimensional form – a selection of artworks from Durham University’s art collection is currently on show in the McGuinness Gallery including the aforementioned Picasso and Miró. Bishop Auckland, a town of high culture. Sample more of it on April 28 (one o’clock) when Dean Stockdale brings in his Manchester-based trio. Recommended.       

Russell.  

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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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