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Bebop Spoken There

Ben Williams: "Jaco [Pastorius] is almost like the Charlie Parker of the bass." - (DownBeat November 2018).

Dana Hall: "My philosophy is that everyone in the band is a drummer." - (DownBeat November 2018.)

Today Sunday October 21

Afternoon

Middlesbrough Jazz Weekender - Details.

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Musicians Unlimited - Park Inn, Park Road, Hartlepool TS26 9HU. Tel: 01429 233126. 1:00pm (doors 12 noon). Free.

James Birkett & Emma Fisk - Hurworth Village Hall, Church Row, Hurworth, Co. Durham DL2 2AQ. 2:00pm. £8.00.

Gerry Richardson’s Big Idea - Hoochie Coochie, Pilgrim Street, Newcastle NE1 6SF. Tel: 0191 222 0130. 5:00pm (doors 4:00pm). Free.

Jazz Social - Charts, Quayside, Newcastle NE1 3DX. 4:00pm. Free.

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

Vieux Carré Hot 4 - Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay NE26 1 BG. 12:00-3:00pm. 1920's jazz in Trencher's, Restaurant, the Champagne Bar & Valerie's Tearooms. Now a regular Sunday gig.

Bullfrog Blues Band. - Tyne Bar, Maling St., Newcastle NE6 1LP. Tel: 0191 265 2550. 4:00pm. Free.

Evening

Mingus Big Band - Middlesbrough Town Hall, Albert Road, Middlesbrough TS1 2QJ. Tel: 01642 729729. 7:30pm. £15.00. Middlesbrough Jazz Weekender.

Julian Costello Quartet - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £10.00. & £8.00.

James Birkett & Bradley Johnston - Black Bull, Bridge Street, Blaydon NE21 4JJ. Tel: 0191 414 2846. 8:00pm. £5.00.

East Coast Jam - The Exchange, Howard St., North Shields NE30 1SE. 6-9pm. Free.

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

Monday, August 13, 2018

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.
Golden Brown (The Stranglers) lent itself naturally to the Take Five rhythm and Keighley exploited the connection seamlessly.
Nirvana's Teen Spirit continued in the 'can't beat 'em join 'em' mode that Postmodern Jukebox came up with.
Three Shots Fired. an original inspired by the noir movies of the glorious Hollywood past.
This was cinematic without the need for film. The gunshots, the car chase, the slinky dames, the fights, the deaths, they were all portrayed in sound and dynamics, tempo and mood changes. 
Nice one!
In a Sentimental Mood and Pure Imagination. Two ballads, exquisitely played by Keighley at his most lyrical and yet, I still wanted that guitar/piano moment to intervene and make the finale even more conclusive.
Canabalesque and, I think, Take it Easy, finished the first set. Needless to say, Ben Grant who'd kept the power charged throughout was let off the leash.
I'd like to have caught the second set but circumstances decreed...
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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