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Bebop Spoken There

Bootsy Collins: "I had no training at all, man. Whatever I heard in my head, that's what came out." - (DownBeat September 2018).

Madeleine Peyroux: "What I'm searching for in singing is the form of communication that doesn't come through language". - (DownBeat September 2018).

Today Sunday August 19

Afternoon

Gala Big Band - Baltic, South Shore Road, Gateshead NE8 3BA. Tel: 0191 478 1810. 11:00am.


Lambton Big Band + Lambton Little Band - The Brewery Tap, Great North Eastern Brewing Company, Contract House, Wellington Road, Dunston NE11 9HS. 3:00pm. £5.00. Four bands on bill.


Jazz Social - Charts, Quayside, Newcastle NE1 3DE. 4:00pm. New weekly jam session.


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

Teresa Watson Blues Band - The Schooner, South Shore Road, Gateshead NE8 3AF. Tel: 0191 477 7404. 5:00pm. Free.

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

Evening

Zoë Gilby Quartet - Black Bull, Bridge Street, Blaydon NE21 4JJ. Tel: 0191 414 2846. 8:00pm. £5.00.

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

Monday, July 16, 2018

The Reunion @ Blaydon Jazz Club - July 15

Colin Aitchison (trumpet, teapot, vocals); Franco Valussi (clarinet, vocals); Steve Andrews (tenor, baritone, clarinet); Roly Veitch (guitar, vocals); Roy Cansdale (double bass) + Neville Sarony (vocals)
(Review by Russell).
The Reunion is an annual event, it's a band, a gathering of friends playing a few jazz numbers in the lounge of the Black Bull public house in Blaydon. If no one turned up it wouldn't matter too much as the musicians on the stand would play for their own pleasure. 

They come from all parts...Cumbria, Worcestershire, far away Hong Kong and downtown Winlaton - that's the band. In the main, Blaydon Jazz Club's audience is drawn from the Tyneside area, however, for this annual get together a large contingent of fans make the trip all the way from Hong Kong! Trumpeter Colin Aitchison, born in North Shields, long-since resident in Hong Kong, returns to Tyneside year after year and a planeload of supporters exchange Ned Kelly's, Kowloon's famous jazz venue, for the equally famous Blaydon Jazz Club. The band's classy Italian clarinettist Franco Valussi, another Hong Kong-based musician, looks forward to renewing acquaintance with fellow reedsman Steve Andrews and the rhythm section boys, eschewing the spotlight - Roly Veitch, guitar, and bassist Roy Cansdale - purr like contented cats.

A TrainFly Me to the Moon (Aitchison's vocal), Moonglow featuring Valussi then Andrews on baritone, Aitchison using not one but two mutes, and a guitar solo from Blaydon Jazz Club's Roly Veitch. A set more small combo swing than New Orleans or Dixieland and a vocal duet - Aitchison and Valussi - on Jeepers Creepers inevitably recalled Louis Armstrong. 

Debonair, suave, who could we be thinking of? Mr Neville Sarony, that's who. Another of our visitors from the Far East, Sarony sings dance band crooner style entertaining all the way. A first contribution heard the debonair one reaching out across the Mississippi in search of Buddy Bolden's Blues. The thing about Sarony is he clearly loves what he does - good on him! It would be quite something to hear him in Ned Kelly's with Aitchison and co. One day, one day... 

It isn't every day that Amazing Grace features in the setlist at this, or any other, jazz gig. Last night at the Black Bull the following happened; Colin Aitchison delved into a bag and...out came a teapot. Yep, yer regulation teapot. Amazing Grace blown, bugle-style on a teapot. Aitchison did it, turning various shades of crimson as he upped an octave, coming nicely to the boil, a party piece if ever there was one!

A Benny Goodman feature for Valussi on On the Alamo opened the second set, Aitchison singing A Kiss to Build a Dream On (Valussi and Andrews retiring to the bar), Roly Veitch singing Pennies from Heaven, the high standard maintained throughout. Mr N Sarony returned to ask Do You Know What it Means to Miss New Orleans? following up assertively with Deed I Do.

The Reunion was drawing to a close for another year. Johnny Hodges playing the blues appealed to the band and with Sarony once more on the stand to sing Some of These Days that was just about it. All being well, mid-July next year do get along to the Black Bull for a great night's entertainment. 
Russell.  

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