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John Postgate: "Oscar Peterson played a good solo in 1954..." - (Jazz Monthly August 1960)

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Today Sunday October 22

Afternoon.
More Jam - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 3:00pm. Free.

Gerry Richardson's Big Idea - Hoochie Coochie, 54 Pilgrim St., Newcastle NE1 6SF. 5:00pm. FREE!

Blues @ The Bay - Tanner Smith's, 17-19 South Parade, Whitley Bay NE26 2RE, 0191 2525941. 4pm. Blues Jam w. Scott Wall & Charlie Philp.

Musicians Unlimited - Park Hotel, Park Rd., Hartlepool TS26 9HU. 01249 233126.1pm. Free.

Somethin' Blue - Vesuvio, 3a Houndgate, Darlington DL1 5RL. 01325 788564. 5pm. Weekly.
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Evening

Vasilis Xenopoulos & Nigel Price w Paul Edis Trio - Black Bull, Bridge St., Blaydon NE21 4JJ. 8:00pm. £10.

Smokin' Mat Partner - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.

Groove-a-matics - Sour Grapes, Newgate Street, Morpeth NE61 1BU. Tel: 01670 519069. 8:30pm. Free. Johnny Whitehill, Mick Cantwell…none better!

Jazz Jam - Empty Shop, 35c Framwellgate Bridge, Durham DH1 3NJ. 7:30pm. Free.

Body and Soul - Quakerhouse, Mechanics’ Yard, Darlington DL3 7QF. 6:00pm. £5.00. Line-up: Richie Emmerson (tenor), Kevin Eland (trumpet & flugelhorn), Rick Laughlin (keys), Phil Laughlin (bass) & Stuie Ellerton (drums).

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

Thursday, October 12, 2017

James Birkett & Bradley Johnston @ King’s Hall, Newcastle University - October 12

 James Birkett (guitar) & Bradley Johnston (guitar)
(Review by Russell)
Newcastle University’s lunchtime concert series welcomed the jazz guitar duo of James Birkett and Bradley Johnston. Birkett has spent a working life in music education, and Johnston was one of his students until the Wearsider graduated with First Class Honours from the BMus degree programme based at Sage Gateshead. Their performance of fifty minutes in the recently refurbished King’s Hall comprised nine compositions, of which two were written by Birkett and a waltz by Johnston.
Seated on a low raised platform the jazz guitar duo opened with Birkett’s Blues for BJ. A noticeable feature of the duo’s concert appearances is the care taken to ensure sound levels are set just right. Solo or in rhythmic support the duo worked sympathetically exemplified by a degree of trust shown when they played Doxy; lots of space, lines exchanged, scarcely a glance between them. The Ray Noble chaser Cherokee benefited from a tailored arrangement with much dazzling fretwork. King’s Hall audiences are used to high quality concerts, invariably classical and folk, and this all-too-rare, but welcome jazz ‘gig’ was listened to attentively without the usual ‘jazz club’ interaction one would expect at other venues with applause reserved for the conclusion of each number.

Burt Bacharach’s achingly beautiful Alfie has been a vehicle for jazz musicians down the years and Birkett and Johnston’s version is up there with the best of them. Several accomplished guitar duos have been known to close a performance with Chick Corea’s Spain, today’s duo being one of them but on this occasion it didn’t feature as a finale thanks to a new party piece written by James Birkett titled Suite 4. It would appear that Birkett and Johnston have hit upon a number with which the duo can go out on with a flourish. 
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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