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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, November 08, 2017

Jam session @ The Jazz Café - November 7

Joel Byrne-McCullough (guitar), Paul Grainger (double bass) & Rob Walker (drums) + John Wilson (guitar), John Pope (double bass), Ray Johnson (trumpet), Joel Brown (piano), George Sykes (tenor saxophone), Hazem Mohammad (drums), David Gray (trombone) & Ian Forbes (drums)    
(Review by Russell)
Days after November 5th this Jazz Café jam session produced fewer fireworks than usual. Perhaps the lack of horn players had something to do with it. Trumpeter Ray Johnson led the frontline on his own for quite a while until reinforcements arrived in the form of first-timer George Sykes, tenor, and the all-action David Gray, trombone. Young Joel Brown waited his turn, and veteran modernist Ian Forbes hung around long enough to take a spell behind the traps.

Respected guitar tutor John Wilson made an all-too-rare appearance sitting alongside fellow guitar wiz Joel Byrne-McCullough making his long overdue debut leading the Pink Lane jam session. The duo enjoyed playing a few tunes together supported sensitively by mainstay bassist Paul Grainger and drummer Rob Walker. Secret Love heard our guitarists swapping non-competitive solos, each appreciative of the other and on Mercy Mercy Mercy Byrne-McCullough found the space and time to fleetingly quote…oh, what was it? The Mahavishnu Orchestra’s Sister Andrea? Surely not!

All the Things You Are (what a tune!), followed by student George Sykes making his debut on Pink Lane playing old school tenor on There Will Never be Another You and with him fellow student, the returning Hazem Mohammad on drums. Ray Johnson led the line with some purposeful playing on Softly, as in a Morning Sunrise and by this time sixth former Joel Brown had squeezed behind the seated Byrne-McCullough to play some Monkish piano at the upright. Stolen Moments wobbled a little bit here and there. A masterful take on Oliver Nelson’s tune at a jam session would take some doing!

David Gray had a blast on A Train and Joel Brown’s growing confidence mixing it with experienced musicians was evident in his intro to Misty. As closing time approached David Gray launched into Straight No Chaser eliciting the cry F****** hell! from someone on the stand. Things were hotting up with minutes to go! ’Til next time, that’s Tuesday 21 November, eight o’clock to be sure of a seat.
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.
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