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Bebop Spoken There

Kenny Davern (From an earlier conversation with Brian Peerless): "Louis Armstrong can say something with one note, but there are others who can take an hour to rev up and wind up with a fart in a bathtub" – (Jazz Journal March 2007).

Harold Beckett: "I'm one of those people who think if you're going to play a piece of music you should give your all to that piece of music." – (Jazz Journal February 2007.

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Today Tuesday July 26

Afternoon
Mosaic Jazz (Playing a celebration of American music) - Bell and Bucket, Norfolk St., North Shields. 1pm. Free.
Levee Ramblers New Orleans Quartet - Tynemouth Metro Station, Station Tce., Tynemouth Ne30 4RE. 1pm. Free.
Evening.
Charles Gordon/Ken Hewitt Trio - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Newcastle. 7.30-10pm. Free.
Gavin Lee’s Dixieland Band - New Inn, 29 Church St., Durham. DH1 3DN. 9pm. Free.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

James Taylor Quartet @ Hull Jazz Festival - July 23

(Review by Annie O'Donnell).
It was hot enough to cook scrambled eggs in Hull Truck Theatre by the time the James Taylor Quartet ...plus Two had finished raising the temperature with their Hot Hammond Jazz Horse rider Mr T leading his posse of Jazzboys featuring the exquisitely tall. lean and keen Mr Andrew Mc Kinney  on bass guitar, Mr Pat Illingworth who orchestrated drums better than Gordon Ramsay in the kitchen...and no swear words. Mr Mark Cox who had so much and jazzgirl Miss Yvonne Yanney's  deep smoky vocals richer than an Islay Malt. 

CD Review: Suzanne Dean – Come To Paradise

Suzanne Dean (composer, background vocals, ukulele); Nicole Zuraitis (lead vocalist); Rich Ruttenberg (keys); Trey Henry (bass); Dean Parks (guitar); John Daversa (trumpet); Bob Sheppard (sop sax); Casey Scheuerell (drums); Scott Breadman (perc)
(Review by Ann Alex)
Suzanne Dean is not the lead vocalist, she’s the composer and lyricist of six original songs influenced by her interest in acoustic folk music of the 60s and 70s prior to her later immersion in jazz. Experienced in playing keyboards, guitar and arranging, Dean is also a music educator at Berklee.  Come to Paradise is the third album that she’s been involved in, and she is aided by seasoned LA session musicians.

Monday, July 25, 2016

The Jazz Man Documentary to Premiere in Long Beach

The dream is becoming a reality for Abi Lewis. Her documentary of Keith Crombie and the original Jazz Café is to be featured in the Long Beach Indie (2016) Film Festival. Hopefully, the rest of the film world will follow! Crombie, an enigmatic character, created a unique part of Newcastle's nightlife of which jazz was very much a part.
Those of us who knew Keith remember him with both affection and, well let's just leave it with affection!
Lance.

Little Victor @ Summertyne Americana - Sage Gateshead July 24

Little Victor (guitar, harmonica & vocals)
(Review by Russell)
Gateshead swamp blues boogie on the banks of the Tyne. Sweltering Louisiana swamp temperatures, Little Victor no doubt felt at home. A down home hound dog, playing on the Jumpin’ Hot Club stage, the rain clouds gathered. Little Victor played solo – guitar, harmonica, vocals and footboard.
The outdoor setting didn’t do any favours to the seated solo performer, woefully under-amplified, the footboard high in the mix. The immediacy of Hound Dog Taylor, Elmore James’ pulsating slide, Little Victor played stripped-down, back porch blues. Miz Mary, Trouble in Mind (RL Burnside introduced LV to the tune), endearing irregular rhythms, the American’s primitivism a tangible link to John Lee Hooker and Jimmy Reed.

Blue Jazz Sextet @ The Globe Jazz Bar, Newcastle – July 23

Karen Rann (soprano sax); Jeff Smith (tenor sax}; Keith Barrett (guitar); George Anyfantis (piano); Dave Parker (bass); Peter Ninnim (drums).
(Review by Steve T/photos by Debra M)
It would have been better if I could have written this up before what happened next, cos it now seems an awful lot has happened since.
It was a happy accident I was there at all, bluesman Lucky Peterson was at Sage Gateshead but not until 10.30 so a sextet at the Globe, HQ of the Jazz Coop, was a welcome stroke of luck. I arrived at 9.00 thinking I would get the first set and knowing I would have to leave around 10.00 only to be told it had started at 8.30.

CD Review: Engelbert Wrobel's Swing Society - 20 Years.

Engelbert Wrobel (clt/ten/sop);  Dan Barrett (tmb/tpt); Chris Hopkins (pno); Rolf Marx (gtr); Ingmar Heller (bs); Oliver Mewes (dms). + string quartet.
(Review by Lance).
Colin Aitchison kindly passed on this disc to me for review - unfortunately, he didn't give me the magnifying glass (unless Ann Alex has nicked it!)  If CD booklets were printed in black and white we'd have a chance but, in the name of art, they're invariably in two shades so close that even if the letters were 24pt capitals it would still be difficult to read without your bifocals!

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Chapeau Chris Froome


Well, Le Tour de France is over for another year - such is my obsession with this race that I even gave Summertyne Americana at Sage Gateshead a miss today (I had more serious reasons for missing the previous 2 days).
Le tour is music on wheels. It's, at times, a pastoral symphony, grand opera, rock 'n' roll, a frantic jam session - the greatest sporting event in the world.
And, once again, we have a British winner in Chris Froome.
Bravo Chris and may the yellow jersey sit on your shoulders as proudly as it did on mine when I won the sprint to the bar at the Porthole in North Shields a few years back ahead of Derek Fleck (left) and Brian Chester!
Lance.

Gregory Porter at the Tiny Desk.

NPR Music posted this mini  session by Gregory Porter in their Tiny Desk Concert  series. Three great numbers accompanied by Chip Crawford on piano.
Listen.
Lance.

CD Review: Sundae + Mr. Goessl - Makes my Heart Sway

Kate Voss (vcls/melodica); Mr. Goessl (gtr).
(Review by Lance).
Sundae is actually Kate Voss and Mr. Goessl is, simply, Mr. Goessl. Sundae, as well as being Kate Voss, is also Mrs Goessl and currently holds the prestigious title of Seattle's Vocal Jazz Princess - a crown she also picked up in 2014. As well as singing, Sundae-Kate throws in a melodica solo or two - no doubt she also makes a fine cheese soufflé.
Mr. Goessl earns his corn as one of Seattle's top guitarists across the genres and his guitar playing is right on the money. Choice chords, swingy solos perfect backing for any vocalist.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Jazz Beat info required

(Colin Harper) am at the very early stages of working on a book around the progressive end of jazz in Britain (well, the London-centric aspect of it, I'm afraid!) in the mid to late 60s and I came across one copy (Feb 1966) of a British magazine from the period called 'Jazz Beat', which contained several useful nuggets.
I'd love to acquire more copies (I believe it started in 1964, no idea when it ended) but it's very rare - none presently on ebay, the British Library doesn't have any...
I’d be very grateful if you could mention this on Bebop Spoken Here - I'm very happy to pay for copies, of course! I can be contacted at: admin@colin-harper.com
Colin Harper

Mike and Ruthy Band - Summertyne Americana Festival 2016 @ Sage Gateshead: July 22

(Review by Ann Alex)
After Windborne, it was up to the Summertyne Lounge aka the Northern Rock Foundation Hall, for the Mike And Ruthy Band, but the only details I caught were:
Ruthy (vocals, fiddle, banjo, ukelele banjo, guitar); Mike (vocals, guitar, banjo); Rob (pedal steel guitar); Jacob (bass guitar); Conrad (drums).  Also on some songs 3 Scottish musicians on trumpet, tenor sax, trombone, names not given.
Entirely a matter of taste, this was a really good band, superb musicians doing original songs besides those of Woody Guthrie and Richard Thompson, folkie in a rocky sort of style, and very much appreciated by the full to capacity audience, but I preferred the quieter approach of Windborne.

Windborne - Summertyne Americana Festival 2016 @ Sage Gateshead Friday July 22

(Review by Ann Alex)
Lance was unexpectedly absent from this event on Friday, so I was the only representative of BSH present, apart from Russell who, apparently was there earlier, perhaps disguised as a cowboy.  And there were quite a few of those, and cowgirls too, wearing the appropriate hats which were for sale on a stall, rather expensive at £35-£40, which was also the price of some guitar-like instruments also on sale.  These had box-shaped bodies, 3 strings and were electric, and they sounded ok as people tried them out, the sound adding to the atmosphere.

Summertyne Americana July 22

 (Review by Russell)
For once the sun shone and Summertyne Americana lived up to its name. The revolving East Door at Sage Gateshead was just that – ever-revolving with ten gallon Stetsons and gaudy Hawaiian shirts parading their sartorial elegance. The Jumpin’ Hot Club open-air stage pitched on Performance Square hosted one turn after another – alt country, blues, hokum, in essence all things Americana.
Two stand-out sets were circled in the diary months ago and they lived up to expectation and more. First up, the veteran Hokum Hotshots followed by blues singer Teresa Watson.

Friday, July 22, 2016

CD Review: Jazz-Philosophy Fusion - Continuum Of Selves

Jessica Radcliffe (vocals); Sonja Morgenstern (conceptual vocals); James Tartaglia (composer, tenor sax); Gareth Fowler (guitar); Steve Tromans (piano); David Hilton (electric bass);
Tymoteusz Jozwiak (drums)
(Review by Ann Alex)
First, an appeal to Mr Blogmaster to supply each of us humble (?) reviewers with a large magnifying glass: both CD’s I’m covering this week have inserts with microscopic print. At least in former vinyl days we had record sleeves with large print, even if the sound wasn’t so good. I’m always somewhat wary of ‘fusions’ with other disciplines, as jazz stands up well on its own, and the fusion in this case sort of works ok and is entertaining, but the jazz is indeed good enough on its own, and as I’ve said the print was a bit too small to read much about the ideas behind the CD anyway.

Fly me to Roker…

On Friday evening the ‘Rat Pack Boys’ – Tommy Warren and Jonny Gray – will be up there, where the Roker air is rarified, singing Tony Bennett, Nat Cole and Frank Sinatra to hundreds of thousands of visitors on the seafront from Roker to Seaburn and beyond.
The 2016 Sunderland International Airshow opens on Friday and flies until Sunday.  Messrs Warren and Gray will be backed by the seventeen piece Denmark Street Big Band. Come fly with me…   
Russell.

R.I.P. Claude Williamson (1926 - 2016)


Sad to report the death of pianist Claude Williamson on July 16.
Williamson, a fixture on the west coast scene from the 1950s onwards played with all the great names of that era - Art Pepper, Chet Baker, Bud Shank, Barney Kessel, Maynard Ferguson, Shorty Rogers and many others.
One of my favorite memories is his 1956 album 'Round Midnight. With Red Mitchell on bass and Mel Lewis on drums, this can stand, head held high, alongside any piano trio album. Check out Polka Dots and Moonbeams - just piano and bass on this one.
Claude Williamson was 89.
Sadly missed.
Lance

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