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Bebop Spoken There

Piers Paul Read: "Bruce Reynolds and Biggs shared an interest in Sex, Jazz and Hemingway." - (The Train Robbers by Piers Paul Read, Coronet Books 1979.)

George Shearing: "Speaking about Johann Sebastian Bach I think he'd be a real jazzer if he were alive today. I mean any man who has two wives, twenty kids, gets kicked out of the church for being too harmonically radical and drinks beer can't be all wrong can he?" - (Crescendo March 1984.)

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Today Saturday July 21

Afternoon

Women Play Jazz! Workshop - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 2:00pm. £25.00. (£22.50. Jazz Co-op shareholder) payable in advance. Tutor: Jilly Jarman.

Michael Woods - Garden Village Association, Rosewood Avenue, Gosforth, Newcastle NE3 5DD. From 1:00pm. Summer Party & Barbecue.

Jambone with Laura Jurd - Gala Theatre, Millennium Place, Durham DH1 1WA. Tel: 03000 266 600. 12 noon. Durham Brass Festival. Free.

Mississippi Dreamboats - Blackett St., Newcastle NE1 7BS. 3 x 30 min. sets (11:30am/1:45pm/4:30pm). Free.

Jazz - Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay NE26 1BG inc Alter Ego (1:00pm), Vieux Carré Jazzmen (3:00pm).

Evening

Northern Monkey Brass Band - Wharton Park, Durham DH1 4UF. 6:00-9:00pm. Free. Streets of Brass (Durham Brass Festival)

Davina & The Vagabonds – Sage Gateshead, St. Mary’s Sq., Gateshead Quays NE8 2JR. 10:30pm. 18:80. Full Americana program.

Francis Tulip Quartet - Zeffirellis , Compston Rd., Ambleside, Cumbria, LA22 9AD. 8:30 pm Free

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

Wednesday, May 02, 2018

Jazz Café Jam Session - May 1.

(Review by Lance)
With James Harrison on keyboards, I knew this would be no ordinary jam and it wasn't! Young 'Jack-in-a-Box' is guaranteed to enliven any gathering - sometimes to excess - and this was no exception.
Bourbon St. Parade was an unlikely opener with James ripping through the traditional New Orleans flag-waver like as though he was in a bar off Congo Square. Russ Morgan kept up the Red Beans and Rice flavour with some parade drumming whilst a bemused Paul Grainger played all the right notes in all the right places.
In a Mellow Tone and the seemingly obligatory bossa nova (Summer Samba aka So Nice) followed before it was time to start the jam session proper!
First up was Kate O'Neill with God Bless the Child and Alfie. The latter tune owed nothing to Cilla Black and had some impish piano from James.

Ray Johnson played bebop on, I think, Moments Notice (I'm guessing!) and Polka Dots and Moonbeams (not guessing). Dan Garel blew some dazzling alto on Stella by Starlight and another tune I vaguely recognised. A newcomer on drums - Michael Young - slotted in well.

Get James Harrison and, nine times out of ten, you get Paul Skerritt.
Tonight, the South Shields' Sinatra sang It's Only a Paper Moon and Don't Get Around Much Anymore. With Dan Garel on alto, it went down well.

Another singing sensation took to the ‘stage’ - Nifemi Osiyemi. I Just Want to Make Love to You (the line was already forming) and it was one soulful rendition - this girl don't take no prisoners! Wow! Makin' Whoopee followed by which time Paul Gowland was blowing soprano.

Paul stayed in the spotlight for My Favourite Things and My Foolish Heart with Hazem 'Mo' Mohammed now on drums.
Change of pianist. Ben Richardson, a regular 'jammer', played a sensitive version of I Can't Get Started. 


John Pope, fresh from a visit to the barbershop, took over from Paul Grainger on bass with the frontline now Garel and David 'Showtime' Gray and yet another drummer, Harry Still.
Don't ask me what they played but it was a rouser that brought the house down.


They were going through drummers tonight like Sunderland go through managers and John Bradford was the next one to bite the bullet as they introduced one another to Miss Jones. We've met the lady a few times but she keeps coming back for more and I'm sure she enjoyed this romp as much as we did.

Paul Skerritt returned for the finale. Not just Paul, but just about everyone still standing, including the hip-swivelling Osiyemi. They were Letting the Good Times Roll.
It had been quite a night.
Lance 
James Harrison (keys); Paul Grainger (bass); Russ Morgan (drums) + Kate O'Neill (vocals); Ray Johnson (trumpet); Dan Garel (alto); Michael Young (drums); Paul Skerritt (vocal); Nifemi Osiyemi (vocals); Paul Gowland (soprano); Hazem 'Mo' Mohammed (drums); Ben Richardson (piano); Harry Still (drums); John Pope (bass); John Bradford (drums); David 'Showtime' Gray (trombone).


PS: For the final number James switched from electric piano to steam piano as this photo by Russell shows.

1 comment :

ray johnson said...

Yes it was Moment's Notice Lance.

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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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