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Dave Newton: "Somebody once said, 'If you're going to steal, steal from the best'. That's what I try to do." - (Jazz Rag, Winter 2018).

Today Sunday December 9

Afternoon

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

Am Jam - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 3:00pm. Free.

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

Stu Collingwood Organ Trio - Charts, Quayside, Newcastle NE1 3DX. 4:00pm. Free.

Miss Mary & the Mr Rights - 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.

Mojo Hand - The Brewery Tap, Wellington St., Dunston NE11 9HS. Tel: 0191 447 4220. 5:00pm. Free.

House of the Black Gardenia - Hoochie Coochie, Pilgrim St., Newcastle NE1 6SF. 0191 222 0130. 6:00pm (Doors). Free.

Howlin' Mat & Sleepy Jake Segrave - Bonded Warehouse, Low St., Sunderland SR1 2PQ. Tel: 0191 515 3583. 1:00pm. Free. Monkey Junk Blues Club.

Paul Skerritt - Stack, Pilgrim St., Newcastle NE1 2AS. 2:00pm. Free.

Evening

Steve Waterman w Durham Alumni Big Band - Bishop Auckland Town Hall, Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL14 7NP. Tel: 03000 269 524. 6:00pm. £10.00. Darlington Jazz Club.

Snake Davis Trio - St Peter's & St Paul's Parish Church, Stokesley, Cleveland TS9 5AE. Tel: 07923 245875. 7:30pm. £15.00.

DU Jazz Soc jam session - Fabio’s Bar, Saddler St, Durham DH13NP. Tel: 0191 383 9290. 7:30pm. Free.

Niffi Osiyemi Trio - Prohibition Bar, Brandling St., Gateshead NE8 2BA. 8:00pm (doors 7:00pm). Donations.

Archipelago w Lisette Auton & Fran Bundey - Bridge Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle NE1 1RQ. Tel: 0191 232 6400. 8:00pm. £8.00. & £6.00. JNE.

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

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Jazz Café Jam Session - Sept. 25

(Review by Lance).
It was the second set before the jam really came alight although the first set had begun explosively - how could it not with 'Jack-in-the-box' James Harrison at the keyboard? 200% and counting!

Charlie Gordon was tasteful, Kate O'Neill put her heart and her soul into Solitude and I Only Have Eyes For You and Martin Waugh, himself no mean pianist, had the unenviable task of following James - the last time he was here he had to follow Paul Edis! However, whilst he might bemoan that Everything Happens to Me he had an ace up his sleeve, of which more later. After a somewhat lifeless bossa nova, Andy Lawrence joined in and fiddled his way through Someday my Prince Will Come.*
So far so good although the earth had yet to move.


A short break to allow Paul Grainger's fingers to recuperate - no bass-players in the house tonight - glasses, bottles recharged, then we were back on our heads and off to the races. 
This second set was a whole different ballgame. Ian White, a new name to me, gave a blast on Tenor Madness which saw Harrison, Grainger and Morgan digging deep and playing out of their skulls. Booting tenor, pulsating piano, a walking (well more running) bass and driving drums. Alone Together was more subdued but only just.
Tonight was a night when the Scots invaded and, all the way frae Aberdeen, came Elaine Crighton. Anthropology - wow! Bebop Sung Here! If Elaine doesn't return then I'm on the next train to Aberdeen! Black Coffee - no milk, no sugar, straight no chaser, scalding.
Niffi gave out an all-action rendition of Don't Get Around Much Anymore and Sunny with Paul Gowland added.
On tenor this week and, no doubt up for the challenge set by the previous tenor player, it was all systems go for Paul as he hit the Coltrane button for Speak Low - still The King.

 Martin was back at the keyboard and Poppy played flute in English and sang Ochichanya in Russian.
Time for a male vocal - this time it's Martin who vacates the keyboard to croon that fantastic Matt Dennis ballad Everything Happens to Me.
I make a date for golf and you can bet your life it rains,
I try to throw a party and the guy upstairs complains,
I guess I'll go through life just 
catching colds and missing trains,

Everything happens to me.
Great tune and great lyric but not great enough for Martin who adds his own verse to the song that, sadly, I didn't take note of but it was a hoot. 
It brought the house down and I silently sang it all the way home!
Lance.

James Harrison (keys); Paul Grainger (bass); Russ Morgan (drums) + Charlie Gordon (guitar); Kate O'Neill, Elaine Crighton, Niffi Osiyemi (vocals); Andy Lawrenson (violin); Ian White, Paul Gowland (tenors);  Martin Waugh (keys/vocal); Matthew Fairhurst, Hazem Mohammed (drums); Poppy (vocal/flute).

*Poppy who sat next to me (it was the only empty seat in the house!) asked me who wrote Someday my Prince Will Come and I was stumped and I bet you don't know either! Googling revealed that it was the team of Larry Morey and Frank Churchill who seemingly wrote the music for several Disney films receiving two Oscar nominations along the way, talking of which...

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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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