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Bebop Spoken There

Dennis Lichtman: "You can be as nerdy and intricate as you want. But if the rhythm section is thumping, any schmo can walk in off the street and be moved by it." - (DownBeat, December 2018).

Today Thursday November 15

Afternoon

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Rd., Holystone NE27 0DA. Tel: 0191 266 6173. 1:00pm. Free.

Shoeshop Quartet - King’s Hall, Armstrong Building, Newcastle University NE1 7RU. 1:10pm. Free.

Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society - Gateshead Central Library, Prince Consort Rd., Gateshead NE8 4LN. 5:00pm. Fortnightly meeting.

Evening

Alan Glen Trio - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £6.00. & £3.00.

Paul Skerritt & James Harrison - Black Swan Bar, Newcastle Arts Centre, Westgate Rd., Newcastle NE1 1SG. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 8:00pm. Free.

Maine St. Jazzmen - Sunniside Social Club, Holywell Lane, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5NJ. 8:30pm. Free. Sitters in welcome!

New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees TS18 4AW. 8:30pm.

Radio Pensicola Band - Dormans Club, Oxford Rd., Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Tel: 01642 823813. 9pm. Free. Music from the '20s to the '40s w. Kevin Eland (tpt); Dave Archbold (keys); Ron Smith (bs); Django; Donna Hewitt (sax); Mark Hawkins (dms).

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

Saturday, July 07, 2018

A brief and belated note from Vancouver International Jazz Festival June 22 - July 1

GoGo Penguin @ Performance Works June 22.
Chris Illingworth (piano); Nick Blacka (bass);  Bob Turner (drums)
(Review by Kay.)
GoGo Penguin kicked up a perfect storm on the opening night of the Vancouver International Jazz Festival. The Mancunian Trio have established a strong following in Vancouver (this their third visit) and tickets sold out early with both the venue and surrounding garden area packed to capacity. Billed with a very complex description in the Vancouver programme, for me Phil Barnes definition of ‘a beautiful blend of elements of jazz and improvised music with clear nods to modern classical, electronica and old school house music’ comes close to the mark. Including tracks from their latest CD, A Humdrum Star (reviewed by Phil Barnes) interspersed with tracks from previous albums, Illingworth, Blacka and Turner’s performance held their audience spellbound throughout.  With tracks affording glimpses of each of their compelling talent, the seamless, intense connection between this outstanding trio brought a unique quality to their performance and the concert ended with a well- deserved standing ovation.  
GoGo Penguin’s creative energy, rebellious spirit and commitment to producing a sound on the criteria that ‘it works’ brought to mind Young Fathers, a Scottish band of the same ilk. The Canadian ‘awesome’ a fitting description, or translated by those of us north of the border ‘pure dead brilliant’!
A man of few, if any, words on stage, it was good to hear Chris Illingworth encouraging a girl from the audience to follow her dream and pursue a career in music. Thanks to sound engineer Joe Reisen for facilitating the photos.
GoGo Penguin perform at the Riverside, Newcastle, on   November 7.
Setlist: Prayer, Raven, Kamaloka, A Hundred Moons, Home, Return to Text, Bardo, One Percent, Hopopono, Reactor, In Amber, Strid, Weird Cat, Murmuration, Transient State, Window.
Kay C.
Footnote: I hope all's well with you, Lance,. I wasn't sure whether this review would be too out of date (also feel I couldn't quite get it right) but after much dithering decided to send it and let you decide. Feel free to edit and I really don't mind at all if you feel it's too late to post. In truth I'd probably be relieved! Though I've been attending the Jazz Bar and Whighams in Edinburgh for many years, my passion for jazz is recently developed and I'm lacking in both technical and historical knowledge. I know what I like because of how it makes me feel and discovering, and being surprised by bands like GoGo Penguin is a real joy.  I managed to catch four (and a bit) performances in Vancouver ranging from the funky Ghost Note to a young woman with a great voice who did a wonderful cover of Joni Mitchell's A Case of You. I was sorry to miss Topeka Reid but her performance clashed with GoGo Penguin. I loved the variety. The festival was really well supported with hundreds attending the outdoor performances in great spaces.
Apologies for the quality of the photo, I had to take a quick snap as I was reminded while taking it there were to be no photographs but thankfully was able to say I'd got permission from Joe Reisen the band's sound engineer.

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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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