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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 Tuesday August 21

Afternoon

Classic Swing - The Ship, Front St., Monkseaton NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free.

Evening

Jam session extra! - Jazz Café, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 8:00pm. Free.

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

Monday, August 20, 2018

Zoë Gilby Quartet @ Blaydon Jazz Club - August 19

Zoë Gilby (vocals); Mark Williams (guitar); Andy Champion (double bass); Richard Brown (drums)
(Review by Russell/Photos courtesy of Roly Veitch)
Stormy weather, no, not the tune, rather the plain English meteorologists use to make comprehensible to the rest of us a subject that goes over our heads...literally! And so it was, mid-March, with snow on the ground, Blaydon Jazz Club took the decision to call off an appearance by a north east favourite, vocalist Zoë Gilby.
Fast forward to August, the weather, if not quite blue skies, was mild and dry. Zoë and the boys arrived safely at the Black Bull ready and willing. The Gilby-Champion (that's double bass player Andy) songwriting partnership contributes to the quartet's setlist alongside standards, be they GASbook, bop classics or contemporary popular material.

Gala Big Band @ Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art - August 19

(Review by Russell/photos courtesy of Russell (1/3) and Brian Ebbatson (2/4))
For the duration of the Great Exhibition of the North, Lubaina Himid is the star of the show at Baltic. The Turner Prize-winning artist is exhibiting Our Kisses are Petals at Gateshead's contemporary art gallery with an accompanying twelve-week programme of events inviting musicians to create a response to Himid's work. Week nine (August 19) featured the Gala Big Band performing in Baltic's ground floor gallery surrounded by the artist's paint-on-cloth series exploring, and subverting, the symbolism of the flag. 

CD Review: Sara Dowling - Two Sides of Sara

Sara Dowling (vocal) + Gabriel Latchin (piano) or Bill Mudge  (Hammond)
(Review by Lance).
When a CD/artist arrives on the back of endorsements by Guy Barker, Nigel Price, Sebastian Scotney, Jazz Journal and Mojo the least I can do is check it out before sending it down to the local Oxfam shop.
I'm rather glad I did!
Sorry Oxfam, but charity begins at home and this one's staying at home - mine!

One of the current trends amongst jazz vocalists is to draw from the Ella/Joe Pass albums but, great as those albums are, the earlier collaboration between Ella and pianist Ellis Larkins topped them. The First Lady was at her absolute peak in the years before Granz turned her into a songbook-churning machine and Larkins was, arguably, the finest accompanist she ever recorded with and I haven't forgotten Peterson, Tommy Flanagan, Paul Smith, Don Abney and the others but with Larkins, the chemistry was there.

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Kinesis + Abbie Finn Trio @ The Globe Jazz Bar, Newcastle - August 18

Abbie Finn (drums); Harry Keeble (tenor); Paul Grainger (bass).
(Review by Lance).
Two sets and both delightful with the addition of Paul Grainger on bass perhaps giving a marginal edge to the second set although some could, and one did, argue either way. Whatever, it's an awesome task to face the world without the cushion of a full rhythm section and/or another front-line instrument.
What am I saying? The young Ms. Finn is a rhythm section in herself! The support she gave the lone figure out front ensured it was never boring allowing him to fly freely with a seemingly endless flow of ideas. A fine mix of standards with a couple of originals - Steam and Machine inspired by the products of a County Durham micro-brewery - thrown in for good measure. Perhaps the Steam Machine Brewing Company also gave them the idea to play Straight No Chaser. The intro to the Monk tune was so complex that too many chasers would have made it impossible to execute with such precise timing.

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Preview: Zoë Gilby Quartet @ The Black Bull, Blaydon - August 19

Tomorrow (Sunday) at the Black Bull, Blaydon sees the long-awaited return of Zoë Gilby. The nationally acclaimed vocalist was scheduled to appear at the Bridge Street venue in March but, due to heavy snowfall, the concert, in common with many other events at the time, was cancelled.
Now Gilby and her band are sure to make it to Blaydon without mishap. It's an eight o'clock start, two sets, original material, a selection of standards both vintage and contemporary, and musicianship of the highest order in keeping with Gilby's high profile. 
The Tyneside based vocalist will be joined by one of Ireland's finest exports - guitarist Mark Williams, bassist Andy 'Undefeated' Champion, and from the Tees Delta, drummer Richard Brown.  

Preview: Ushaw Extra! (August 24-26)

This time next week the Ushaw Jazz Festival will be in full swing. The full festival preview - posted Friday 17 - omitted details of two events...

Saturday (Aug 25) evening's late night jam session (10:15 'til late, free admission) will be hosted by pianist (and Ushaw Jazz Festival director) Paul Edis, Jazz Café jam session bass-playing mover and shaker Paul Grainger and County Durham-based drummer Abbie Finn. Ushaw's Francis Thompson Room (an inviting lounge full of oh-so-comfortable sofas) is the ideal setting for those who want to settle in for the duration or, indeed, sit-in. 

Women Play Jazz! Workshops @ The Globe

Further to the recent item about this, the dates of the workshops have now been arranged for:
September 8
October 27
November 10
December 8
These are all from 2-5pm, upstairs in the Globe Jazz Bar.
There may be extra workshops for vocalists, according to the wishes of the participants.
Further information and an enrolment form can be found on the Jazz Co-op website:
Ann Alex

CD Review: Enrico Pieranunzi & Thomas Fonnesbæk - Blue Waltz.

Enrico Pieranunzi (piano); Thomas Fonnesbæk (bass).
(Review by Lance).
So much happening jazz-wise in the northeast these days that the CDs are once more piling up. So, if you have sent me a bumper bundle, please be patient and change your name to Job. Chances are I'll not even listen to them. Such is the volume of recorded material I'm being sent that it's likely that 90% of it will end up in the garage and, if you want the address of my garage I'll happily provide it along with a crowbar.
However, one album which won't end up in the garage, other than on the car stereo is this one. Steal the car if you must but please leave the CD behind.

Gerry Richardson Trio @ Bishop Auckland Town Hall - August 17

County Durham-based correspondent Tony Eales filed a brief report to the BSH news desk on yesterday's lunchtime concert at Bishop Auckland Town Hall. The informal setting of BATH's Coffee Shop saw a good crowd turn up to listen to the Gerry Richardson Trio. Organist Richardson arrived with the Sinclairs - guitarist Rod (uncle) and drummer Adam (nephew). Eales confirms that the trio received a great reception and it won't come as a surprise if promoter Mick Shoulder offers a return booking. The monthly jazz series continues into the autumn.
Russell  
(Photo of Gerry and Adam from BSH archives)         

Friday, August 17, 2018

Saltburn Update

7th September - The James Harrison Quartet

5th October - New Orleans Heat

2nd November - The Riviera Quartet
Early Bird tickets £10 On the Door £12 

7th December - Xmas Jazz Party with Alligator Gumbo
Early Bird tickets £12 On the door £15

All events - doors 6.45pm Start 7.30pm 

Gig cancelled!

The eagerly anticipated visit by the Nigel Price Organ Trio at Gosforth Civic Theatre on Sept. 6 has been cancelled. In a press release, GCT stated that it was due to unforeseen circumstances and that ticket-holders would be refunded in full.
They hoped a rebooking of the band, which included sax-wiz Vasilis Xenopoulos, could be arranged for a future date.
Lance.

Book Review: Edward Allan Faine - Serendipity Doo-Dah Book Two

Following up on last year's Serendipity Doo-Dah Book One, Edward Allan Faine once again provides the background to those 'True Stories of Musical Accidents'. Although not quite as jazzy as the previous volume, there is, nevertheless, plenty to interest those who love popular song whether it be by Jerome Kern, Sammy Cahn and Jules Styne or Phil Collins and Madonna. Plus, with Faine writing, jazz is never far away. 
But the genre is immaterial, it's the songs and the stories behind them as well as the author's own input that makes this such interesting reading.

Preview: Ushaw Jazz Festival (August 24-26)

(Preview by Russell)
A week today sees the start of the third annual Ushaw Jazz Festival. Now firmly established in the jazz calendar, this year's headliners - Nicola Farnon, Jo Harrop and Alan Barnes - are guaranteed to attract large audiences to the magnificent Ushaw estate. 

The action begins at six o'clock on Friday (August 24) in the Francis Thompson Room. The Early Bird Big Band - an expanded line-up of Paul Edis' young musicians' workshop band - will set the standard for the August bank holiday weekend. Such is the talent within the ranks that some former members have gone on to secure places at prestigious music schools at home and abroad. 

At eight o'clock Ushaw Jazz Festival director Paul Edis features alongside the first of the event's headline names. Yorkshire-based Nicola Farnon returns to the region having made a lasting impression with a winning performance at Durham's Gala Theatre. The double bassist-singer will arrive at Ushaw - located a couple of miles from Durham City - with drummer Phil Johnson. The trio will entertain festival-goers with a programme comprising gems from the Great American Songbook together with one or two original compositions. The Nicola Farnon Trio comes highly recommended.

Stop Press: New York All-Stars UK/European Tour

(Press release)
Due to a sudden illness, Harold Mabern will be unable to take part in the Burnin' in London album tour as planned. New York pianist Mike LeDonne, who has performed with Eric Alexander for years, will replace Harold. Mike has played with many of the greats in jazz, including Benny Goodman, Sonny Rollins, Bobby Hutcherson, Milt Jackson, Stanley Turrentine, Dizzy Gillespie and a number of others.
New York-based saxophonist/composer Seamus Blake joins the line-up of Eric Alexander, Mike LeDonne, Aldo Zunino and Bernd Reiter for three launch concerts at London's Pizza Express Soho. Seamus is recognised as one of the finest exponents of contemporary jazz and has performed with exceptional artists, including John Scofield, Antonio Sanchez, John Escreet, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Chris Cheek, David Kikoski and Alex Sipiagin.
Ubuntu Music is extremely proud to release the first live recording of Burnin’ in London by the New York All-Stars on 7 September. Review.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

More on Aretha (1942 - 2018)

(By Steve T)
It's common knowledge that Aretha sang gospel prior to becoming the Queen of Soul, but the Jazz is less known, though what I've heard sounds fine.
It may come as a surprise to some that I haven't heard everything she's ever done, but I haven't and have no intention of doing so. Much is made of her gospel roots, but that was already present, in the music of Ray Charles, James Brown, Solomon Burke and especially Sam Cooke.

Nevertheless, it's impossible to overstate her significance in soul music, and particularly amongst the ladies. For many years it was difficult for female soul singers to become established without the Aretha grain. Roberta Flack initially became a singer-songwriter in the vein of Joni Mitchell because she didn't fit the Aretha model. You either did Aretha or Diana Ross.

As I scour the news channels, I cringe at some of the clips of her faltering voice; a voice on the edge, on a tightrope, the site of the finest art. Hardened Soul Fans will tell you that, while Aretha's voice often fell on the wrong side of good taste, particularly after her sixties/early seventies heyday, Linda Jones never missed.

RIP Aretha

The sad, but not unexpected, news that Aretha Franklin, the undisputed Queen of Soul, died today has left music lovers of all genres in mourning.
Gospel and soul were how the world saw her but, in the early days of her rise to fame jazz was her marketing label. And even when that fame arrived most of the jazz audience still claimed her as one of their own. That jazz feel was always there, as it was/is with most soul singers.
To say she will be sadly missed is the understatement of this, her 76th year, and, although there were millions who said a little prayer for Aretha, it wasn't enough.
Rest In Peace.
Lance.
NY Times obituary.

Preview: Kinesis + Abbie Finn Trio @ The Newcastle Jazz Co-op - August 18.

This Saturday at the Globe drummer Abbie Finn plays a duo gig with saxophonist Harry Keeble. They met at Leeds College of Music. Abbie has since graduated, indeed she has recently completed a period of further study in London and this Newcastle date with undergraduate Harry - he's still at Leeds - promises an evening of standards and some freer material. 
During the evening bassist Paul Grainger will join Abbie and Harry in a trio set. The jam session kingpin knows the duo from their assured contributions at sessions around town and it will be interesting to hear what they come up with. Doors at the Railway Street premises open at 7:30, £6 admission (student £3).    
Russell 

To clap or not to clap? That is the question

Applause after solos in the mid-performance of a piece has long been a tradition in jazz albeit not a tradition applauded by everyone.
In other forms of music such as grand opera applause is only given at the end of an aria when the rendition has, by general consensus, been sufficiently outstanding to merit the disruption of the show whereas, in jazz, the audience tends to clap irrespective of merit. And, if the audience doesn’t oblige, I know one bandleader that practically orders them to put their hands together and woe betide those who don’t.

The old Alex Welsh band were the first name band I encountered who used similar tactics. After a solo by one of his sidemen, Alex would exhort the crowd to ‘make him happy’ irrespective of how unhappy the player had made the audience feel although, I must confess, that I can’t recall any of the Welsh band making this listener feel unhappy. But the principle is there, after all, you don’t applaud dropped catches in cricket or missed ‘sitters’ in football.

I remember reading in an old Jazz Journal of film star Judy Holliday who, at the time was in a relationship with Gerry Mulligan, standing at the edge of the stage egging-on the audience to applaud a performance by the Mulligan Quartet at a concert in Paris.

Stu Collingwood-Russ Morgan Organ Duo @ Dun Cow, Jesmond - August 15

Stu Collingwood (organ); Russ Morgan (drums)
(Review by Russell)
A no-nonsense gig...set up, reposition/requisition a few chairs, switch off the muzak, likewise the wall-mounted tv screen (tennis from Cincinnati) distractingly directly behind the musicians then hit the road with an uptempo Days of Wine and Roses
Yeh, Yeh kept things cookin' as Stu Collingwood readied himself for a vocal on Georgia. The north east boasts a plethora of fine pianists, yet it is only recently that Paul Edis has exercised the tonsils in public, now Stu, although one suspects he's been singing on gigs for many a year. So, this begs the question...how many of our piano men and women sing but haven't got round to it? You know their names, next time you see one of them request a vocal number! 

Lickety Split to Take it to the Bridge @ the Globe.

Next Wednesday (August 22) at the Globe Jazz Bar, Newcastle, the northeast's longest running jam session/jazz workshop, Take it to the Bridge, have special guests Lickety Split featured. The post-bop octet is one of the most swinging bands around and, because of the personnel's many other commitments, aren't always able to get together as frequently as their fanbase would like so don't miss out this time. Entry is only £1 and, as a bonus, you also get sets by Dave Weisser and his Railway St. Irregulars a.k.a Take it to the Bridge.
Lance

Women Jazz Workshops @ the Globe

Are you a woman who plays a sax or a trumpet at home, or who sings jazz which only the cat gets to hear? Why not come to the Women’s Jazz Workshops at the Globe?

These workshops have been running, usually monthly, at the Globe for the past year or so. They are very enjoyable, sociable, sometimes challenging, and productive of good music. Our mentor is Jilly Jarman, composer and multi-intrumentalist, and the group of women enjoying the workshop include players of various saxes, flute, piano, bass guitar, and sometimes a drummer, as well as about 4 of us vocalists. I’ve been very pleased to discover the sheer range of jazz activity that women do – you don’t always realise this when you go to jazz jams where it sometimes seems that male instrumentalists predominate.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

CD Review: Maurice Frank - Mad Romance And Love

Maurice Frank (vocals); John DiMartino (arrangements, piano); Eric Alexander (ten sax); Aaron Heick (sop sax, clarinet, alto flute); Paul Meyers (guitar); Luques Curtis (bass); Obed Calvaire (drums); Samuel Torres (perc).
(Review by Ann Alex)
I listened in an unconventional way, by starting with track 4 on which Eric Alexander (no relation to me, he’d disown my musical attempts) is featured. As Lance had praised this jazzman in another review I needed to check him out and I wasn’t disappointed. On Don’t Worry ‘Bout Me the sax’s improvised responses to the singer’s statements are most impressive, in fact, it just about talks back. Great stuff!

CD Review: Stéphane Spira - New Playground

Stéphane Spira (soprano); Joshua Richman (piano/Rhodes); Steve Wood (bass); Jimmy Macbride (drums).
(Review by Lance).
Soprano has never been my favourite member of the saxophone family. Neither the ten-miles wide vibrato of Sidney Bechet nor the painful harmonic extremities of the latter-day John Coltrane have floated my boat so it was with some trepidation that I approached this album. Spira, a French-born resident of New York had me wondering, given Bechet's years in Paris and Trane's time in New York, if this was going to be an unholy marriage of the two extremes?
Fortunately, my fears were unfounded. Spira has a liquidity of tone that ticks all the right boxes whilst managing to keep the listener interested with his ideas and compositions.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Classic Swing @ The Ship, Monkseaton - August 14

Bob Wade (trumpet, flugelhorn); Jim McBriarty (clarinet, tenor sax, vocals); Don Fairley (trombone); Malcolm Armstrong (piano); Alan Rudd (double bass); Tommy Graham (drums); Olive Rudd (vocals) + Neville Hartley (trombone), Gordon Solomon (trombone) 
(Review by Russell)
It Don't Mean a Thing sang Olive Rudd. That tells you two things - it's Tuesday lunchtime and you're in Monkseaton. The Ship Inn on Front Street does good business when Classic Swing are in town. Coffee, tea, toasties, a pint or three and some New Orleans to swing-era jazz make this weekly residency an all-round success. 

Bye Bye BlackbirdI Got Rhythm sang band vocalist Olive and she stayed on to tell us, accompanied in a duet with Malcolm Armstrong, Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out. The frontline - Bob Wade, Don Fairley and Jim McBriarty wielding clarinet -  grabbed solos on There'll Be Some Changes Made, as did depping pianist Malcolm Armstrong.

Monday, August 13, 2018

CD Review: New York All-Stars - Burnin' in London.

Eric Alexander (tenor); Harold Mabern (piano); Darryl Hall (bass); Bernd Reiter (drums).
(Review by Lance).
Recorded at Pizza Express Jazz Club in Soho last November it took only a few bars for me to instantly know that this was going to be nigh unbeatable come December 31 and the CD of the Year listings.
If, like myself, you treasure those old Dexter Gordon, Joe Henderson, Hank Mobley Blue Note albums you will love this Ubuntu Music release (Sept. 7). It's the logical progression and keeps the flame alive and, to quote the album title, Burnin' in London.

Preview: Indigo Voices @ The Globe: August 16

Catch them this Thursday, or else miss out on a thoroughly enjoyable gig. I’m no longer saying that these 5 singers are ‘up and coming’ as in many ways they’ve already arrived. One singer recently appeared with a band, two of them are regulars at local jam sessions, another is an accomplished singer/songwriter, another is a skilled performer in the Globe Women's Jazz Workshops and one of the aforementioned has one of the best voices I’ve heard. So get yourself along, 7.30pm at the Globe, £5 entry.

Performing individually, to the accompaniment of Joel Brown on keys, Paul Grainger on bass, and Rob Walker on drums, will be Carrie McCullock, David Edgar, Jenny Lingham, Miriam McCormick and Jen Errington. Repertoire includes Night and Day; Turtle Blues; You Go To My Head; Come Rain Or Come Shine, Dancing In The Dark and a host of others.
Ann Alex

Is Graeme Souness Miles Behind?

It's not often a sports journalist opens his column with a reference to Miles Davis and Bitches Brew, segues via Barbara Windsor and Carry on Camping before embarking on his main theme which is Graeme Souness and Sky Sport's Super Sunday but the newspaper's Matt Butler manages to do just that in today's edition (Monday, August 13).
You can read the full article here.
Lance.

North4Jazz @ The Globe Jazz Bar, Newcastle - August 12.

Ben Grant (drums); David Keighley (saxes); Adrian Sander (bass guitar).
(Review by Lance).
I could only stay for the first set as I had to be elsewhere but it was long enough for me to establish that North4Jazz was a power trio. Well, maybe not quite 100% power. Sander did his job to perfection but didn't explode which placed the onus on Keighley. A fine saxist, he has the technique, but it's a heavy burden to bear as the sole frontline man when the moment cries out for keys, guitar or another horn to provide contrast and variety. Admittedly, the switch from alto to tenor and back with soprano waiting in the wings as well as the 'Space Oddity' effects conjured from his box of tricks ensured that boredom never set in but I still wanted more.
Maybe it was the 4 in the band's name that suggested there was a missing link - I don't know.
However, having said all that it was still a well-programmed set.

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Jazz Social @ Charts - August 12

Stu Collingwood (piano, vocals); Andy Champion (double bass); Matt MacKellar (drums)
(Review/photos by Russell).
Here's that rainy day said the forecast. Humid, cloudy but the rain would hold off, wouldn't it? A last minute decision found your correspondent in Charts in time to catch the final number -  Days of Wine and Roses - of the second of three sets at the weekly Quayside Jazz Social. 

For Jazz Social read 'jam session'. The session, led by pianist Stu Collingwood, is slowly but surely attracting listeners as opposed to transient circuit drinkers. Joining Collingwood this week were Andy Champion and Matt MacKellar. The house trio could hold its own with the best of them and although one or two musicians dropped by sitters-in continued to prove elusive. 

Polly Gibbons with Strictly Smokin’ Big Band @ Hoochie Coochie Sunday Sept. 16

(Press release).
Strictly Smokin’ have done it again – Anthony Strong, Hailey Tuck, Joe Stilgoe and, in September, the wonderful POLLY GIBBONS will feature with the band at Newcastle’s Hoochie Coochie.
Hot off the back of Jazz FM’s ‘Vocalist of the Year’ nomination, gigs at Montreal Jazz Festival, London’s 606 Club, and a string of dates at New York’s renowned Birdland this month, Polly makes her way north  with her own blend of jazz, blues, and soul to feature with SSBB at Hoochie Coochie.

There’s always this element of surprise from people who haven’t seen her perform,” says James Pearson, Polly’s long-time songwriting collaborator and artistic director at Ronnie Scotts. “She astounds me, too. She’s unpredictable.”
This is certainly another SSBB special guest that is not to be missed.

Saturday, August 11, 2018

CD Review: Wayne Shorter - Emanon

Wayne Shorter (sop/ten); Danilo Pérez (pno);  John Patitucci (bs); Brian Blade (dms) + (second set) BBC Concert Orchestra.
This 3 CD set from Blue Note seemed somewhat familiar before I realised the reason for the feeling of Deja-vu
Back in 2013, I attended an EFG concert at the Barbican by the Wayne Shorter Quartet and, as 2 of the 3 discs were recorded live in London in 2013, I'm guessing that these were from the same concert. The 3rd disc features the quartet in a studio session with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. Substitute the Orpheus boys and girls for the BBC Concert gang and you have, virtually, the whole concert reproduced on disc so, I'm going to take the easy way out and repost my original review.
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Charts - hoping to be no. 1

A late Sunday afternoon jam session on Newcastle Quayside...it could/should be a winner. At one time Flynn's was a very successful public house just around the corner from Live Theatre. Its waterfront location proved popular with a weekend crowd out to drink for England. Nothing lasts forever and the place closed. The building stood empty for years...until now. 
Today, following extensive refurbishment and a change of name, Charts is the place to be seen and heard. Yes, being heard is the objective of Stu Collingwood's weekly jam session or 'Jazz Social' as the venue prefers to call it. Four o'clock, Sundays, Stu's trio extends an open invitation to you to turn up and sit in. Great views across the Tyne, decent beers, food if you want it, why not give it a try?      
Russell

Friday, August 10, 2018

LP Review: Thelonious Monk - MØNK

Thelonious Monk (piano); Charlie Rouse (tenor); John Ore (bass); Frankie Dunlop (drums).
(Review by Lance).
Previously unreleased recordings by Monk are always interesting and this one from a 1963 concert in Copenhagen is more than merely 'interesting' it's an absolute gem.
True, we've heard most of the pieces in the studio but, hearing them live is a totally different ballgame as this lovingly restored Gearbox release proves.

Monk is, of course, the quirky, unpredictable, musical alchemist we know and love/hate (delete as applicable) but, for me, the icing on any Monkian cake is Charlie Rouse - in effect, Monk's third arm.
Just as Johnny Hodges was never the same away from Duke, nor was Rouse as effective away from Monk.

Thursday, August 09, 2018

For Louis Armstrong’s birthday we tune in to “Tiger Rag” on a Gramophone

By Simon Rein, Program Manager, Cultural Institute
In 1934 the trumpeter, singer and movie star Louis Armstrong visited a studio in Paris to record his song “Tiger Rag” on a phonograph record that people could play on home gramophones. And while later recordings of “Tiger Rag” made it a celebrated jazz standard, the original recording that captured Armstrong’s passionate and original interpretation faded from memory.
To mark the birthday of Louis Armstrong 117 years ago, Google Arts & Culture and the record label Deutsche Grammophon teamed up to restore and digitize phonograph records like “Tiger Rag” from the label’s archive, and to tell the story of Emile Berliner, who invented the gramophone player and records that brought the music of Armstrong and many other artists to the masses.

Anth Purdy's Swing Jazz Guitar Show @ Dormans Jazz Club, Middlesbrough - August 2

(Review by Ron H)
The August guest night at Dormans took a different turn to the norm in that we had Anth Purdy with his Solo Swing Jazz Guitar Show, which was well received by an audience that clearly included many fans of his style of playing.
Anth started the night with a hot swinging Midnight Jump demonstrating his fine solo guitar technique before paying tribute to Les Paul with one of his own compositions. 

Jam Session @ The Dun Cow, Jesmond - August 8

Francis Tulip (guitar); Deon Krishnan (bass guitars/vocal); Matt MacKellar (drums) + James Metcalf (flugel); Miriam McCormick (vocal); Alex Thompson (alto).
(Review by Lance).
Remember last weekend? The start of the football season and Sunderland were level with Charlton Athletic and Middlesbrough were 2 down against Millwall. We're in the dying minutes and what happens? The Cats grab a last-minute winner and The Smoggies pull back two for an unlikely draw!
So what's all this got to do with jazz?
Well, after last night's fantastic jam at the Caff there was no jam in the world going to follow that even though some of the same musicians were involved.
It had all been swinging along smoothly, maybe a little bland at times, and it looked like a goalless draw was on the cards and then, once again in the dying minutes, up jumps Deon and gives us a vocal version of Chick Corea's Spain whilst playing unison lines on the 5 string of his two bass guitars (the other was a 6 stringer). 3 points in the bag.

Wednesday, August 08, 2018

Jazz Co-op Weekend Workshop @ The Globe, Newcastle: August 4/5

Saturday
(Report by Ann Alex)
There were 20 of us assembled, including 3 basses (upright, guitar, and ukulele bass!); 3 drummers; 3 vocalists; 3 keys players; various saxes including a baritone; and a trumpet and guitar. Imagine that for a big band – a bandleader’s nightmare!

The tutors firstly suggested that we should perform small group improvisations for everyone to hear. This was, I guess, a way to get us going, and for the tutors to find out what we were capable of.  
We came up with the goods. Our next exercise was about rhythm, hands doing triplets and feet going one/two at the same time. DO try this at home – it’ll improve your rhythm and I’m told it’s good for keeping your brain alive as well. To keep our bodies alive, we had lunch courtesy of Waitrose.
The afternoon saw us working on Straight Life (Freddie Hubbard, originally a jazz waltz) and Contemplation (McCoy Tyner, a tune based on scales), assisted by tutor Jamil Sheriff, keyboard player and cat lover. I found the improvisation tricky as I didn’t know the tunes, and we vocalists have to pluck notes from the air, we don’t have stops or strings to guide us. Still, our group (we’d split into 2 sets of players) came up with some interesting versions of these simple but strong tunes. I never did find out what the other group got up to.
To round off Saturday, the whole group listened as we took turns showing what we’d made of the tunes, or did more instant improvisation.

Jazz Café Jam Session - August 7

(Review by Lance).
23 musicians, maybe more, 'jammed' into 3 hours of sheer delight. They came, they blew, they plucked, they sang, they paradiddled, they conquered.
New faces, old faces, both in the audience and in the performance area - I doubt if anyone was disappointed apart from those at the back of the sitters-in queue who maybe arrived too late and didn't make the cut.
Veteran trombonist Neville Hartley made his Jazz Caff debut and proved he could hold his own with the young Turks with some fine playing. Jordan Alfonso left his alto at home and, instead, dazzled on a dazzling tenor - a recent acquisition I wonder? 

Zakir Hussain, Dave Holland & Chris Potter @ Edinburgh Assembly Hall - July 22

(Review by Steve T).
One of my favourite musicians in the world, one of a diminishing number of jazz musicians who can unequivocally claim the status of living legend, and one of the hottest sax players on the planet.
Tabla, bass and sax: a dream set up for me, and I've just missed them at least three times in the past couple of years.
The first time I saw Zakir Hussain, he and John McLaughlin put Shakti back together, to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the partition of India and Pakistan. He's one of the few musicians who can hold his own and, on that showing, trump the guitar colossus. Two decades on, his technique is undiminished, but he's gained in stature and charisma.

Tuesday, August 07, 2018

CD Review: John Bailey - Oneiric Sounds

(Review by Lance).
Oneiric means dreamlike and there is an ethereal, almost soporific feel to this interesting album.
Bailey composed all 14 pieces as well as playing some tasty guitar. It's a game of two halves or rather two suites, one featuring Norwegian bass legend Arild Andersen and the other the amazing saxophonist Julian Argüelles.
Based in the northwest, Bailey teaches guitar at the University of Liverpool and some of the ensemble writing has a distinct northern brass band feel about it. This unusual dimension certainly makes categorisation a problem.

Jam today, jam tomorrow and jam the day after...

This evening (Tuesday 7) sees the first of four jam sessions in three days across Tyne and Wear. The high-quality Jazz Café jam session on Pink Lane (see photo) signs off tonight as the venue closes for its annual summer break. The students aren't around - just wait 'til next month, new names are sure to emerge - but don't let that put you off as some seriously talented musicians will be keen to have a blow. 

Monday, August 06, 2018

Francis Tulip Quartet @ The Globe & Stu Collingwood Trio @ Charts - August 5

Francis Tulip (guitar); Joel Brown (piano); Michael Dunlop (bass guitar); Matt MacKellar (drums).
(Review by Lance).
Much has been posted on BSH about the above musicians, charting their progress as some of them set out on their way with Jambone at Sage Gateshead, others consolidating their technique at local jam sessions before finally emerging in full bloom as a band to be reckoned with at any level.
The crowded bar at the Jazz Coop HQ took me back maybe 50 years to a time when Newcastle really was a 'jazz town'.
The Beatles may have ousted jazz from The Cavern in Liverpool but, in Newcastle, Jazz North East was about to begin the rollercoaster ride that continues to this day producing jazz across the spectrum from home and abroad. The New Orleans Club was open 6/7 nights a week whilst across town, the Down Beat club gave birth to the Emcee 5 - a modern jazz quintet that, in its short life, achieved legendary status before the musicians moved south to become cult figures in their own right. 

Sunday, August 05, 2018

Jude & the Soznak Boys in the Fast Lane - August 5

Tens of thousands of 'petrol heads' were drawn to this year's Newcastle Motor Show. Vintage cars, F1 simulators and trade stands ran the length of traffic-free Blackett St, Monument and Grey Street. Occupying their usual pitch outside Boots (Monument) were Soznak. 
Paul Miskin's outfit basked in the sunshine with multi-instrumentalist Jude Murphy on bass. As your correspondent wandered by Soznak were giving it the Soft Cell...Tainted Loveno less.
Russell.

Saturday, August 04, 2018

7 Virtual Jazz Club's Contest - 3rd Edition

7 Virtual Jazz Club Association – Press release 
Entry Deadline: October 15th.

The 7 Virtual Jazz Club continues its worldwide search for emerging and under recognized creative musicians of all ages and backgrounds. 

THIS YEAR'S CATEGORIES
- Under 25 Students
- Amateurs & Pros

Friday, August 03, 2018

Vermont Big Band in Cullercoats

This poster was spotted whilst trawling the mean streets of Cullercoats. It was displayed inside the Crescendo Club - a lunchtime jazz joint overlooking the sea. Outside, broads in bikinis were strutting their stuff prior to dipping their toes in the briny.
Inside, an assortment of jazz guys was blowing as if there were no tomorrow and, for some, maybe there wasn't. Most of the broads in here were broader and weren't wearing bikinis. Maybe they had, once, a long time ago. Still, the music was good, Capone would have liked it, the booze was cheap and came from one of the local bootleg breweries.

North Berwick Fringe Festival starts today.

Word has seeped out from the other side of Hadrian's Wall of the North Berwick Fringe by the Sea Festival. This runs from today (August 3) to Sunday, August 12 and covers a host of genres including jazz.
Among the artists appearing are Tommy Smith in a solo saxophone recital, Graeme Stephen, Viper Swing, Ali Affleck, Fergus McCreadie Trio, Melanie O'Reilly, Mica Paris (singing Ella Fitzgerald), and a host of others.
For more info visit: https://www.fringebythesea.com/front-page-music/
Lance.

Thursday, August 02, 2018

Francis Tulip Quartet to Light Up the Globe

This Sunday (August 5) at the Globe there promises to be a reprise of last year's memorable concert by the Francis Tulip Quartet. One year on, Francis, Joel, Michael and Matt take a break from their studies to play a couple of sets of GASbook (perhaps Darn That Dream will be in the setlist), contemporary numbers and one or two original compositions. 
If last week's concert at the Lit & Phil is anything to go by Newcastle Jazz Co-op's Railway Street premises could well be standing room only. A huge crowd at the independent library on Westgate Road listened to a full hour's worth of music from the young quartet, insisting on an encore such was the standard of musicianship (see photo). 
Sunday's gig is advertised as a 7:30 start, it's £6 at the door with students admitted for a bargain £3. Catch the Francis Tulip Quartet at the Globe before the guys once again head off across the globe in pursuit of their musical dreams.
Russell           

Meanwhile, Back in Manhattan...

Earlier this year, legendary American pianist/songstress just happened to be in Jesmond where she delighted and surprised the locals by sitting in at the Dun Cow's alternative Wednesday's jam session.
Daryl is unlikely to be there this coming Wednesday but, if you happen to be in New York on Tuesday, August 28, Daryl Sherman's “Too Marvelous For Words" show featuring the music of Johnny Mercer, Cole Porter, Rodgers & Hart/Hammerstein with James Chirillo (guitar) and Boots Maleson (bass) is at the new Birdland Theater, down in the basement of the famous club - get  there for 7:00 or 9:45 PM.
Details: www.birdlandjazz.com/calendar  Birdland Jazz Club 315 W. 44th St. New York, NY 10036 212-581-3080.
If you can't make it - even though airline flights are usually more reliable than the Tyneside Metro - take a chance on the Dun Cow on August 8. Who knows who may sit in - Kate O'Neill, Alice Grace, Elling, Porter?
Lance.

Wednesday, August 01, 2018

Those missing comments...

For those of you, and there are many, who have posted comments and failed to see them appear over the past few weeks/months I think the issue has been solved and, not only should recent comments appear, but also a backlog which I've selectively updated - I hope!
Here are just a few of them:
Hugh on Geordie Jazzman.
Mal Maddock on Chet Baker.
Ray Newton on RIP Clive Gray.
Steve T & Gene Jarred on 1978 Cleveland Jazz Festival.
Carstairs on Taylor Smith & the Roamin' Jasmine.
Joel Fass & Sabine Nagel-Heyer on Marty Elkins' CD Fat Daddy.
Anon on Jazz Café Jam - July 3.
Patti on Frank Sinatra Story @ Whitley Bay Playhouse.
Roly on RIP Bob Bain.
Jukedome on Melfi, Val & The Vs.
Steve Andrews on Jazz Harpists.
So keep the comments coming, the floodgates are now open!
Lance.
PS: If I haven't linked to your comment, please give me a gentle reminder of the subject and the approximate date of posting.

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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.
The idea of this blog is for you to share your thoughts and pass on your comments on discs, gigs, jazz - music in general. If you've been to a gig/concert or heard a CD that knocked you sideways please share your views with us. Tell us about your favourites, your memories, your dislikes.
Lance (Who wishes it to be known that he is not responsible for postings other than his own and that he's not always responsible for them.)
Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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