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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)

Archives.

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.

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Jazz Café Jam Session - April 4.

Steve Glendinning (guitar); Paul Grainger (bass); Rob Walker (drums) + Joel Brown (piano); Abbie Finn (drums); Beth Roberts (alto); Matthew MacKellar (drums); Francis Tulip (guitar).
(Review by Lance).
The numbers may have been down on and off stage (Easter hols?) but the quality on stage was most definitely up.
Steve Glendinning, this week's, host, got the ball rolling with It Could Happen to You; God Bless the Child and All the Things You Are. Guitar sounded good as did bass, for whom it would be a long night, and drums, for whom it would be a short night!
"Any jammers in?" asked Steve.
There were in the form of Joel Brown and Abbie Finn. The two took their places at piano and drums respectively and, before you knew it, we were 500 Miles High in North East Corea.
These two young musicians are wonderful examples of the talent emerging on the jazz scene in all of our major cities with Newcastle being no exception.
In a Sentimental Mood and Stella by Starlight followed, both played to perfection with Joel and Abbie displaying a maturity that belied their years and which matched that of elder statesmen Steve and Paul.
The young blood continued to course through the veins as Francis Tulip took over from Steve and Berklee bound Matt replaced Abbie. Paul's quest for a bass player to give him a spell. however, fell on stony ground.
Like Someone in Love kept the standard high and when Beth Roberts brandished her alto on Work Song and the appropriately titled Ladybird it was maintained.
Interval and time to recharge the gluten free bottles of Grainger Ale before we were off again with Just Friends. Joel, Steve, Paul and Abbie doing the necessary. The smiles on the faces of Paul and Steve showed just how happy they were with the injection of youth on the stand.
Nica's Dream and Darn That Dream were just beautiful. Beth and Francis returned for Now's the Time and Moonlight in Vermont. No guitarist in the world will ever better the late Johnny Smith's solo on the latter tune but tonight young Francis ran him pretty close!
Quite a night!
Lance.
Photos.

1 comment :

  1. What a session! Superb playing by all. Joel, Francis, Matt, Abbie and Beth. The 'veteran' house trio did canny too. Were it not for the fact that the drum kit was Rob's, he could've gone home early! Let's see a young bass player or two at the session - PG worked non stop.

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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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