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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


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.


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.

Sunday, July 08, 2018

Gero Schipmann UK Sextet (all 5 of them!) @ The Globe Jazz Bar, Newcastle - July 7

Gero Schipmann (guitar); Duncan Eagles (tenor/soprano); Sam Leak (piano); Jack Garside (bass); Jordan Dinsdale (drums).
(Review by Lance).
Firstly, I'm completely unapologetic about my references to England and the World Cup. I'm patriotic to the core even though I'm not a Brexiteer but England is edging closer to realising the dream. On Newcastle's Central Station two fans who'd perhaps celebrated, not wisely but well, were lying on the ground recreating the antics of Brazilian 'superstar' Neymar in an earlier game. The police presence looked on with tolerant amusement, they too understood the mood. It was impressive and 'The Neymar Roll' could become the next dance craze although it doesn't have the elegance of  'The Ali Shuffle'.
Bypassing the Russia vs Croatia game being televised in Times Square, I reached the Globe Jazz Bar, where I was pleased to note a goodly crowd had also walked on by and opted for an evening of well-played jazz.
Music knows no boundaries, Germany, London and Leeds combining to produce a balanced program of originals mostly, if not all, composed by guitarist Schipmann.
The trend these days seems to be for bands to compose their own material, nothing wrong with that, and Schipmann's compositions are probably as good as most of the originals being churned out by all and sundry once they've graduated from whatever music school they've paid their dues at. I'd like to see these compositions shared or exchanged with other bands and, thus, over a period of time, become part of the jazz canon.
Taking to the stage unannounced, and no explanation as to why they were a player short, they began with a moody, ethereal piece that floated like a butterfly without stinging like a bee - at least not yet. Eagles, on soprano, produced the exotic feel that the straight sax invariably does. Enter Schipmann and, along with him, the bees. The temperature rose to a mindblowing crescendo before coming to a gentle conclusion. Butterflies 2 Bees 1.
I didn't record the titles as, being originals, they would be meaningless to those who weren't there. As early as the second number, the honey bringers were back on the attack and a spirited blast by Eagles levelled the score and drew the first round of applause which included much whooping and hollering from one of the Jazz Coop regulars.
The humidity rose again when Eagles subbed the soprano sax in favour of his tenor but the hero of the hour on this number was Sam Leak who played the musical equivalent of a hat trick and brought more vocal applause from the stands and deservedly so.
Halftime with the Bees in control. Over on Times Square it was 2 all and looked like a penalty shootout.
No likelihood of that here not with Jordan in goal, sorry, I mean on drums. Then suddenly, there was a counterattack by the Butterflies and, despite being soft and lyrical in concept, Schipmann's solo was perhaps the best of the night and surely worthy of the applause awarded. He's one of the best guitarists I've heard and with minimal, if any, pedals to distort the sound.
Southpaw Jack Garside ran the German close with one of the better bass solos I've heard but it was left to Jordan to bring the show to a close with a solo that near brought the house down.
Bring on Croatia - no Wallys with brollies this time!

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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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