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Bebop Spoken There

Branford Marsalis: "You talk to the old guys about it [52nd St.], and they say the music part was great. Every other aspect of it [pay, hours, conditions] sucked" - (DownBeat, May 2019).

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Today Sunday April 21

Afternoon

Jazz

Vieux Carré Hot 4 - Spanish City, Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay NE26 1BG. 12 noon. Free.

Blues

Beefy La Slap - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 3:00pm. Free.

Alex Fawcett Band - Tyne Bar, Maling St., Newcastle NE6 1LP. Tel: 0191 265 2550. 4:00pm. Free

Evening

Jazz

East Coast Jazz - Exchange, Howard Street, North Shields NE30 1SE. Tel: 0191 258 4111. 6:00pm. Free. Monthly jam session.

Swing Manouche - Black Bull, Bridge St., Blaydon NE21 4JJ. Tel: 0191 414 2846. 7:30pm. £7.00. Blaydon Jazz Club. Note new, regular start time.

Blues

Sour Mash Trio - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

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

Monday, April 09, 2018

GIJF Day 3: House of the Black Gardenia - Sage Gateshead, April 8

Bobbi Charleston (washboard/vocals); Michael Lamb (trumpet); Keith Robinson (sax/clarinet); David Gray (trombone); Michael Littlefield (guitar/banjo/vocals); Ben Immrye (piano/vocals); Neil Hopper (bass/sousaphone); Kit Haigh (drums).
(Review by Lance).
The concourse was crowded, the word had got around that this band was something else. The swing dancers were poised, ready to occupy the prepared floor space and the band kicked off with Blue Drag. 20s/30s jazz that slots in nicely between the New Orleans/Dixieland period and the later bebop sounds.
In other words, Swing!
All the horns were well featured throughout. David Gray playing trombone like J.C. Higginbotham, Michael Lamb, often in plunger mode and Robinson blowing tough tenor, subtle soprano and charismatic clarinet.
Leader Bobbi sang and shimmied and manipulated her thimble-fingered digits across her Reliance washboard like a real scrubber (please accept that remark as having been written in jest Bobbi!) She's great.
More vocals from Littlefield and Imrye with the latter playing fine stride piano and the former giving us some period style guitar (he also played banjo without causing too much damage). Bass/sousaphone kept things stomping as did Kit on kit.
However, the session was given the seal of approval by the dancers who Lindy hopped like their American ancestors did at the Savoy Ballroom back in the day.
Quite an afternoon.
Blue Drag/Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho; Russian Caravan; Skirts; Graveyard Shift; Ain't it Hard; Showgirl; Sharkey Bonano's  I'm Satisfied With my Girl; Basie's Evenin'; Big Big Man and Viper Man.
Lance

2 comments :

Jude Murphy (on F/b). said...

What a brilliant way to round off the concourse performances. It felt like a party

Patti (on F/b) said...

Oh yes - it was fantastic - those of us not among the swing dancers were shaking our booties at the back!!

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