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Bebop Spoken There

Jim Hall: "Won't play loud, can't play fast" - (From one of the great guitarist's business cards brought to our attention by Roly Veitch).

Joel Harrison: “It’s incredibly hard to play bebop on guitar, harder than on saxophone.” – (Jazz Times August 2015)

Sir Thomas Beecham: "Forget about the bars. Look at the phrases, please. Remember that bars are only the boxes in which the music is packed" - (Beecham Stories by Harold Atkins & Archie Newman. Robson Books, 1978).

Today Wednesday June 28

Afternoon.
Vieux Carre Jazzmen - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
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Evening.
Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. £1. 8pm.
Chris Sharkey Trio - Jazz Café. 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £5/Students free - voluntary donation.
Levee Ramblers NOJB - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:30pm. £3.00.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Zoë Gilby: Pannonica @ The Fox Inn, Hexham - May 23

Zoë Gilby (vocals), Paul Edis (keyboards) & Andy Champion (double bass)
(Review by Russell)
Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the Village Vanguard. Tonite, all the way from Newcastle upon Tyne, England, we have a wonderful trio to play for you. Please give a Big Apple welcome to Zoë Gilby, Paul Edis and Andy Champion! 
A sweltering early summer evening down in the village, the habitués of the West End Terrace monthly jazz session were hearing Zoë Gilby for the first time.
It’s a long way from Zoë Gilby’s Tyneside base to the Fox Inn way out west. It was only a matter of time before the acclaimed vocalist would make her debut at this ace jazz club. No $10.00 minimum at the bar here! Two sets, then downtown to take the late nite subway home. It would be worth the journey.
In Walked Bud sang Gilby with her trademark ‘Pann-on-ica’ enunciation right on the money. Lyrics to most of tonite’s tunes were written by Jon Hendricks, the piano playing was largely down to Paul Edis with a little help from TS Monk. The bass player didn’t require any help. First call to all out-of-towners, Andy Champion is the man. Ask Me Now, Ugly Beauty (Gilby’s observation that this was Monk’s one and only waltz) and Blue Monk with Abbey Lincoln’s lyrics, this was Ms Gilby sockin’ it to the village faithful.
MC Michael Cunningham commented on the first set: This is the first time I’ve heard a pin drop in the Fox. Yes, Gilby, Edis and Champion were wowing the West End Terrace crowd alright. Hey!  Bartender …gimme another Deuchar’s.
Brilliant Corners, Rhythm-a-ning (Champion’s sit-up-and-take-notice solo), Think of One, tomorrow morning’s New York Times would surely acclaim Gilby’s NYC debut. An ‘in-the-palm-of-her-hand’ ‘Round Midnight nothing short of sensational, Gilby was in the home straight. Straight No Chaser: a bit of fun, said our vocalist. Hear that pin drop.
Hey! Wake up buddy, it’s the end of the line said the guard. Huh? Oh, yeah. Zoë Gilby was singing down in the village. NYC, you know? The guard was having none of it. This ain’t New York, buddy, you’re in Newcastle. That’s Newcastle, ENGLAND! Oh, yeah, but one day…
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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