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Bebop Spoken There

Dave Gelly: “From 1 January 1920, when prohibition was imposed in the US, people didn’t stop drinking, they just stopped drinking legally.” – (Jazz Journal October 2017).

Regina Carter: “When I was a teenager, I would daydream about going out on a date and dancing to Ella’s music.” (Down Beat October 2017).

Today Tuesday November 21

Afternoon

Classic Swing - The Ship, Front St., Monkseaton NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free. New weekly mainstream session. 2 mins from Monkseaton metro.
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Evening

Jam session - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 0191 222 9882. 8:00pm Free. Session led by Mark Williams.

Omar Sosa + Seckou Keita - Sage Gateshead, St Mary’s Square, Gateshead NE8 2JR. 0191 443 4666. 8:00pm. £21.80. Sage Two.

Gypsy Jazz Jam - Prohibition Bar, Arch 3, Brandling Street, Gateshead NE8 2BA. Doors 7:00pm. Free. ‘No audience as such – everyone is a player/musician or a gypsy!’

Charles Gordon - Vermont Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle NE1 1RQ. 0191 233 1010. 10:00pm. Free.

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

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Tomasz Stanko Quartet and Partikel, EFG London Jazz Festival, Cadogan Hall, November 10.

(Review by Mike Collins)
It was over an hour before Tomasz Stanko (trumpet) reached for the mic, his introduction of the band barely audible over the cheers and whoops echoing round Cadogan Hall.  There had been musical announcements as Stanko let fly a conversational flurry of chromaticism, or David Virelles (piano) sketched a few dark chords to direct the band towards the next episode.  This was a remarkable, fluid performance, steadily intensifying over the course of the long set of contrasting moods and textures.
Stanko’s modus operandi is atmospheric and episodic acoustic jazz that encompasses hypnotically grooving, loose-limbed pieces built around fragmentary hooks; languid, deceptively simple melodies with expansive and rich harmony; jagged flurries of notes over racing meters. The accompanying trio, completed by Reuben Rogers on bass and Gerald Cleaver on drums explored every nuance and possibility.
They crept in over Rogers’ steady, walking line and accumulated an unstoppable momentum to open the set. A scattering of rhapsodic chords from the piano ushered in a typical wispy, plaintive melody from the trumpet. There was a palpable thickening of the atmosphere as the silence between notes was allowed to swell. Virelles allowed the faintest of repeated notes to chime and the trumpet sighed. Then Cleaver started an urgent shuffling groove, Rogers’ bass locked in, Stanko assayed a few sliding dance steps before spooling out another Stank-ish ditty and standing back having lit the touchpaper.  
Virelles produced the first of several volcanic solos. Crystalline phrases were repeated, repeated again, turned upside down with percussive counterpoint from his left hand before a pummelling battery of rhythms doubled with an eruption from Cleaver who’d been shadowing every move. Even Reuben Rogers was whooping from behind the bass. Stanko’s contributions were invariably brief, as much a conductor and on the spot orchestrator as frontman, his fragile sound sketching out the territory whether with squalls of notes or filigrees of melody. Cleaver was an immense presence whether filling the canvas with skittering shimmers of texture from the cymbals or building the tumult with boiling rhythms.  
The American trio has brought an extra dimension to Stanko’s music, this set was drawn from the most recent release December Avenue  and the roars for more recognised we’d witnessed something special.
Partikel played a short opening set offering a brief gust of a distinctive blend of striking melody, artfully shifting harmony and infectious grooves with often surprising turns. Guitarist Ant Law joined the regular trio of Duncan Eagles (sax); Max Luthert (bass) and Eric Ford (drums).  
Their well-received set will have whetted plenty of appetites.
Mike.

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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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