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Bebop Spoken There

Andrew Hadro: "It seems to me that everybody just puts out an album, they go through the motions, spend the money and they just sort of throw it out there into the sea of CDs and hope something comes back" - (DownBeat June 2018).

Jonnathan Blake (Blindfold Test): “Maybe it's someone from New Orleans who has lived in New York for a minute.” (DownBeat June 2018).

Today Sunday May 20

Afternoon

Musicians Unlimited - Park Inn, Park Road, Hartlepool TS26 9HU. Tel: 01429 233126. 12 noon. Free.

Am Jam - The Globe, 11 Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 3:00pm. Free.

Somethin’ Blue - Vesuvio, 3a Houndgate, Darlington DL1 5RL. 5:00pm. Tel: 01325 788564. Matt Case (saxophone) & Mike Hepple (guitar).

Evening

Budtet Plus - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £5.00. A farewell to Lin Lee Wong with an expanded (octet) line-up for the occasion.

Alter Ego - Black Bull, Bridge Street, Blaydon NE21 4JJ. 8:00pm. £5.00. Blaydon Jazz Club.

Twice Brewed - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson Street, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 8:30pm. Free.

Jazz Jam - Empty Shop, 35c Framwellgate Bridge, Durham DH1 4SJ. 7:30pm. Free. DurhamUniversityJazz Society.

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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Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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