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Bebop Spoken There

Grant Green Jr.: "One thing that most people--especially jazz cats--don't realise is that all of your jazz standards were once pop standards" - DownBeat July 2018).

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Bobby Sanabria: "Tito Puente was not a very tall man, but when he played the timbales he was a giant among men." - DownBeat July 2018).

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Today Sunday June 17

Afternoon

Musicians Unlimited - Park Inn, Park Road, Hartlepool TS26 9HU. Tel: 01429 233126. 1pm. Free.

Get in the Band rehearsal - Sage Gateshead, St Mary’s Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR. Tel: 0191 443 4666. 10:00am-6:00pm. First of two rehearsals under the direction of Chris Sharkey (second rehearsal Thurs 21 June, 6:00-10.00.pm) culminating in three performances in a day on Sat 23 June - 1) Great North Museum (Hancock Museum), 2) Central Station, 3) Sage Gateshead. Times TBC. Free but ticketed.

Big Gig in the Park: Durham Music Service Ensembles - South Park, Parkside, Darlington DL1 5TG. 12 noon.

Alice Grace & Ben Helm - Bonbar, Fenkle Street, Newcastle NE1 5XU. 1:30pm. Diners’ gig.

Somethin’ Blue - Vesuvio, 3a Houndgate, Darlington DL1 5RL. 5:00pm. Tel: 01325 788564. Matt Case (saxophone) & Mike Hepple (guitar).

Sour Mash Trio - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 3:00pm. Free.

Evening

Mark Williams & Joel Byrne-McCullough - Black Bull, Bridge Street, Blaydon NE21 4JJ. 8:00pm. £5.00.

Jazz Jam - Head of Steam, Reform Place, Durham DH1 4RZ. 7:30pm. Free. Durham University Jazz Society. Last one before the Summer recess.

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 :

Russell said...

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.
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