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Piers Paul Read: "Bruce Reynolds and Biggs shared an interest in Sex, Jazz and Hemingway." - (The Train Robbers by Piers Paul Read, Coronet Books 1979.)

George Shearing: "Speaking about Johann Sebastian Bach I think he'd be a real jazzer if he were alive today. I mean any man who has two wives, twenty kids, gets kicked out of the church for being too harmonically radical and drinks beer can't be all wrong can he?" - (Crescendo March 1984.)

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Today Thursday July 19

Afternoon

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

Evening

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

Alexys de Alfaro: Guitar Dreams with Coco Vega - Prohibition Bar, Arch 3, Brandling Street, Gateshead NE8 2BA. Doors 7:00pm. A ‘jar on the bar’ gig. Guitar & percussion.

Alter Ego - St James’ & St Basil’s Church, Fenham Hall Drive, Newcastle NE4 9EJ. 7:30pm. £10.00.

Jesse Bannister Quartet - Jazz Café, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 8:00pm. £10.00. (£8.00. concs.). JNE.

Northern Monkey Brass Band - Jubilee Park, Spennymoor DL16. 6:00-9:00pm. Free. Big BRASS Bash (Durham Brass Festival).

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

Tees Hot Club w. Donna Hewitt (alto); Josh Bentham (tenor); Dave Archbaid (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.

Friday, October 27, 2017

BABMUS: 6TEEN54 @ Jazz Café - October 26

Tom Dixon (alto saxophone), Jamie Jingles (guitar), Inês Gonçalves (piano & vocals), José Gonçalves (bass) & Ben Fitzgerald (drums)
(Review by Russell)
6TEEN54, a one-off quintet comprising BABMUS students, an alumnus, and a visiting bass player from Portugal played to an enthusiastic crowd at the Jazz Café in Newcastle. Bearpark (that’s Tom Bearpark and friends) have established a regular Sage Gateshead music students’ gig in the Caff’s upstairs room and it was heartening to see students and friends supporting this one-time-only gig.
Bearpark front man Tom Dixon did the talking; the set list would range from Jobim to GAS Book to Coltrane together with a brace of original compositions. The performance opened (and would later close) with a duet between father and daughter. BABMUS piano and vocal student Inês Gonçalves sang Jobim’s Dindi accompanied by father José playing six-string electric bass. Señor Gonçalves, welcome to Newcastle! For the most part, our visitor from Portugal took a back seat, happy to hear Inês and her fellow students take centre stage. How High the Moon sang Inês with Tom Dixon on alto taking a first solo of the evening. TD has been busy composing tunes and two of them were to be given a world premiere! The true tale of having alcohol confiscated at the door of a local music venue (a well-known lager brand secreted upon the person) yielded the title of Tom Dixon’s Secret Stella. In part, a Latin groove, guitarist Jamie Jingles (aka…it’s a secret!) impressed, and drummer Ben Fitzgerald, playing his first ever jazz gig, took it home. A new experience for Ben, and credit to the young man, he played the entire set with brushes. Dolphin Dance, and Inês singing (in English and first language Portuguese!) The Girl from Ipanema, rounded off an intriguing first set.

The second set opened with a tune the title of which Tom Dixon wasn’t sure about. Suffice to say it was in Portuguese. The soloists – Jamie and José – spoke a familiar musical language. Perhaps the highlight of the evening was Coltrane’s Equinox. Inês and José the foundation, Tom took off Trane-like, and Jamie, playing without a pick, developed a superior solo, Tom then taking it out. Excellent!
Tom Dixon’s Me-Mow (a female cat, of the cartoon variety, wouldn’t you know?) featured Jamie as he took his time, producing another rounded solo, with Tom taking it (the tune, not the cat) by the scruff of the neck as he played some more great alto. 
 
This BABMUS special – thank you Inês, thank you Señor Gonçalves – ended as it began…father and daughter together (see photo) with Inês singing You Don’t Know What Love Is.          
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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