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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.

Thursday, November 02, 2017

Joy Ellis Quartet @ Empty Shop, Durham - October 29.

Joy Ellis (keys, voice), James Kitchman (guitar), Henrik Jensen (bass), Adam Osmianski (drums).
(Review by Steve T) 
Another short un (hurrah). Definitely wanted to do this after Lance reviewed the album, which Ms. Ellis was thrilled by, and when I saw some of the musicians featured, not least Rob Luft and Binker.
My mission was to try to get to this and Hoochie’s SOSA, but a last minute decision to do them the other way round landed me in traffic gridlock due to the five hundred and ninety ninth month anniversary of the Freedom March.
This meant I got a little Sam Dees, a touch of Randy Brown and a slice of Betty Swann (and if these names mean anything to you at all you should be in the Empty Shop this Saturday) and the second half of Joy Ellis.
I was expecting a trio so a quartet was a happy surprise and not at all disappointing that the guitarist was not current whiz Rob Luft, but Hexham born/London based James Kitchman, who acquitted himself brilliantly.
The lady is amiable and classy on and off the stage (floor), clearly knows her way around a keyboard and it was refreshing to have a singer who isn't trying to emulate her black forebears. In fact, her music owes a lot to folk as well as Jazz and there's definite hints of prog rock in the juxtaposition of light and shade with Kitchman’s guitar effects.
The two more or less shared the soloing with an obvious rapport between them. He displays an acknowledged debt to James Birkett in his use of chords, and Mark Williams in his rock/pedals effects - two of his tutors back home.
Bass only took one solo in the second set and was all the better for that. I'd been warned to expect a serious level of musicianship, even without Luft, and they hadn't lied.
I believe the set was all original, though not all from the album and Ellis clearly knows how to write too, alternating vocal tracks and instrumentals, all with equal skill and aplomb.
Not a great turnout, bubbling around under twenty, but I guess four in the afternoon is a tricky spot.
Steve T. 

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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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