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Bebop Spoken There

Don Rendell: "It was about the time that the organ-type piano attachment - the clavioline - was invented. And the poster billing at one place where we played up north announced proudly, but erroneously: "The Johnny Dankworth Seven, featuring Frank Holder and the cleolaine" " - (www.jazzprofessional.com, December 2001).

Mary Lou Williams: “...it was discovered I possessed perfect pitch. Rumour of this oddity spread throughout the school, and pupils would drop pots and pans and other loud objects, asking 'What note, Mary?' (Melody Maker, 1954).

Today Friday May 25

Afternoon

Rendezvous Jazz - Monkseaton Arms, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. Tel: 0191 251 3928. 1:00pm. Free.

Swing Manouche - Bishop Auckland Town Hall, Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL14 7NP. Tel: 03000 269 524. 1:00pm. £5.00.

Evening

Jerron ‘Blind Boy’ Paxton - Sage Gateshead. 7:45pm. £15.30. NRFH. Solo blues, multi-instrumentalist, influences include Fats Waller & Blind Lemon Jefferson.

Shatner’s Bassoon - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8:00pm. £8 (£6 in advance).

Hand to Mouth (Lindsay Hannon & Bradley Johnston) - Vicolo: Live in the Lane, Tyneside Cinema, Pilgrim Street, Newcastle NE1 6QG. 8:00pm. Free.

Baghdaddies - Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay NE26 1BG. 6:00pm. Online booking: £10.00. + £1.37 booking fee. The Whitley Bay Carnival ‘Big Ball’ featuring debut of the Baghdaddies’ big band line-up.

Nick Pride & the Pimptones - Cumberland Arms, James Place Street, Byker, Newcastle NE6 1LD. Tel: 0191 265 6151. 6:00pm. Free.

Swamp Hoppers - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7pm.

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

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Jam session @ The Jazz Café - Feb 6

(Review by Russell)
Lots of new faces at the Jazz Café’s bi-monthly jam session and one or two first time sitters-in. The Pink Lane venue was as busy as ever as pianist James Harrison got things underway with A Train ably abetted by mainstay bassist Paul Grainger and drummer Russ Morgan. Harrison likes to enjoy himself as he plays and his infectious enthusiasm energised musicians and listeners alike ensuring the evening flew by. I’ll Remember April then the floor was open to all-comers.
Drummer Hazem ‘Mo’ Mohammad couldn’t wait to get started and he was joined by George Sykes on tenor to play Blue Monk, a swift Beautiful Love, and a quote-laden There Will Never be Another You. Flautist Josie Bennington – ‘That’s Josie from Haltwhistle’ said JB – joined the party on I Wish I Knew How it Would Feel to be Free and it wasn’t long before Alan Law stepped up, thus allowing house pianist Harrison to take a breather. 
Blue Bossa was right up Law’s street as Joe Shaw gave fellow drummer Mo a break. The jam session’s rotating cast of sitters-in included Paul Gowland on tenor for a change and as space was at a premium he took a seat in the stalls to play sitting down – standing or sedentary, it made no difference, the end result was the same, ie some terrific tenor playing from PG.

Guitarist Keith Barrett impressed on How High the Moon? as John Pope put in an appearance. Ah,  a chance for Paul Grainger to be freed from bass duties and he made a bee-line for the bar! Black Orpheus featured Pope, and, before long, newcomer Nifemi Osiyemi sang Ain’t Misbehavin’ and a rousing Is You Is or Is You Ain’t My Baby? reminiscent of Julija Jacenaite. Speaking of JJ… in she walked. Well, what would she have for us this evening? All of Me and Julija gave it everything. The new faces in the audience loved it as Julija rang the very last drop from her now-familiar theatrical performance.
With the house rhythm section restored, Paul Gowland booted, Buddy Tate-style, Tangerine from pillar to post. Who’d want to would follow that? The Bold Big Band’s Jimmy Jefford wasn’t deterred as he joined an insane take on Caravan – all ten minutes of it as the clock approached eleven. So, another Jazz Café jam session, another full house, next one Tuesday 20 February, eight o’clock.
(Russell)

James Harrison (piano); Paul Grainger (double bass) & Russ Morgan (drums) + Hazem ‘Mo’ Mohammad (drums); George Sykes (tenor saxophone); Josie Bennington (flute); Paul Gowland (tenor saxophone); Alan Law (piano); Joe Shaw (drums); Keith Barrett (guitar); Nifemi Osiyemi (vocals); Julija Jacenaite (vocals); John Pope (double bass); Jimmy Jefford (tenor saxophone)         

2 comments :

Anonymous said...

Wellington? Music for a rainy Day? It’s Josie Bennington. None taken😎

Russell said...

My apologies Josie.

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