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Bebop Spoken There

Buddy Guy: "My mother said, 'You got flowers for me, give 'em to me now, because I'm not going to smell them when you put 'em on the casket'." - (DownBeat September 2018).

Marty Ashby: "I asked him what his gig was and he said 'I put the scores on the music stands'. I said, 'That's a gig?' And I realised there were four floors of guys like him, who supported some of the finest musicians in the world. But I was a jazz musician, and I was used to playing with some of the finest musicians in the world in front of the New York Public Library for tips. That's when I realised that jazz didn't have the same support system as classical music. - (DownBeat September 2018).

Today Thursday August 16

Afternoon

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Road, Holystone NE27 0DA. Tel: 0191 266 6173. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Maine St. Jazzmen - Sunniside Social Club, Holywell Lane, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5NJ. 8:30pm. Free. Sitters in welcome!

Bop 3 - St John’s Hall, Snod’s Edge, Shotley Bridge DH8 9TJ. 7:30pm. £15.00. Tickets from 07766 037893. First night of two. Trio - Snake Davis, Helen Watson & Dave Bowie.

Indigo Jazz Voices - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £5.00. Vocalists acc. by Joel Brown, Paul Grainger & Rob Walker.

New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees TS18 4AW. 8:30pm.

Tees Hot Club w. Kevin Eland (tpt); Donna Hewitt (sax); Graham Thompson (keys) - Dormans Club, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Tel: 01642 823813. 9pm. Free.

Jazz Jam - Fire Station, High Street West, Sunderland SR1 3DT. Tel: 0191 594 7241. 8pm. Free.

Billy's Buskers: Plug in and Play - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 7:00pm. Free.

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

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Big Bad Wolf @ Bridge Hotel, Newcastle. April 9. Jazz North East.

Rob Luft (guitar, vocals), Owen Dawson (trombone, synthesizer, vocals), Michael de Souza (Fender bass 6, vocals), Jay Davis (wonderfully coloured drums).
(Review by Steve T/Photo courtesy of Ken Drew).
When Steve Hackett auditioned for Genesis, Gabriel (Peter) noted that all the guitarists coming through were about 'flash', while Steve was more about colours. There was ample evidence here of the flash that Luft is more than capable of (as was Hackett), but it was sparse and tastefully spread over the two sets, with more multi colors than Saturday morning TV in the 1970’s.
Luft made the announcements, advising that they record themselves improvising, cut it up and play it with virtually no improvising; what he likes to call Reverse Jazz.
Each of them, apart from the drummer, did some singing, some with lyrics and some without, occasionally a little like the efforts of Tony Williams and Stanley Clarke in the early days of fusion, but had it been 1972, white British musicians making this music would have gone straight to the prog rock camp. Think Pink Floyd with a kick-ass drummer, a brilliant guitarist and a pair of b^!!$.  
As a technophobe, the stacks of pedals sometimes seem as difficult to manage as playing the instruments, but there was plenty of musicianship on show from all concerned.
Drummer Jay Davis playing masterful syncopation through multiple shifts in pace and time signatures.
Owen Dawson playing the ‘bone mostly for melody and atmosphere, until the final piece where he took an impassioned solo, the longest of the set and the only one to draw applause, but it's often the case in this type of setting that solos and their endings are difficult to pin down; the old Weather Report idea of we never solo we always solo.
Michael de Souza played a Fender bass 6 which enabled him to slip seamlessly between bass, rhythm and a fine lead part during the penultimate track.
Luft took two sublime solos during set one and his rhythm and comping was immaculate throughout. I hoped he would follow the trombone solo with a barnstorming solo to finish, but he went for jouissance which worked for me, while leaving me wanting more. Maybe next time he'll bring a trio which will be amazing in a different way.
I tend to make a note of appropriate guitar names and get into bother for always including Metheny, but we agreed on Mike Walker and Steve Howe, while FDT suggested Alan Holdsworth, prog turned Jazz rocker, former Level 42er who some consider the greatest ever.
There were overt influences from Brazil, some ambience and some strikingly beautiful soundscapes in a set drawn mostly from the imminent album which, unless you hate this strand of Jazz, I strongly recommend you give a listen to.
A couple of dozen made this the busiest I've ever seen it and great to see a number of young people, including some females but don't worry, the boys were far more afraid of them than they were of the boys.
Steve T.

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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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