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Bebop Spoken There

Sting: "I wrote that song [Roxanne], it was originally a bossa nova". - (Stewart Copeland's Adventures in Music BBC 4, 17 January 2020)


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Today Wednesday January 22


Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free.

Julija Jaceniate & Alexys de Alfaro - Jazz Café, Newcastle Arts Centre, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SG. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 1:00pm. £3.00. Café Mezzanine (first floor, access via crafts shop).


Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £1.00.

Tom Rainey Trio - Bridge Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle NE1 1RQ. Tel: 0191 232 6400. 8:00pm. £10.00. (£8.00. concs.). JNE.

Air4ce - Quakerhouse, Mechanics' Yard, Darlington DL3 7QF. Tel: 01325 245052. 9:00pm. £TBC. Ginger Baker tribute featuring regional jazz & blues musicians.

Blues/Soul/Funk etc.

Moonshine Sessions - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 8:30pm. Free.

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Monday, June 09, 2008

Song of Roland. Roly Veitch Trio at the Side Café

Jazz for The Drawing Room could have been the sub-title for tonight's session by the Roly Veitch Trio. This description is by no means intended to be derogatory; MJQ, the George Shearing Quintet, the Gerry Mulligan Quartet and the Red Norvo Trio could all, on occasion, be similarly categorised and Roly's Rascals wear the mantle well. The comparision with Mulligan is particularly apt; not just because Roly leans towards Chet Baker in the voice dept. and Noel Dennis' trumpet playing has Chetian overtones but because of the fugue-like interplay by the trio - Neil Harland was on bass - on "But Not for Me" and "There Will Never Be Another You." Bach wasn't turning over in his grave--he was sitting up; applauding!
As ever on a Roly gig, the choice of material was first rate; "Alone Together", Willard Robinson's "Old Folks", "I'm Old Fashioned" and a particular favourite of mine, "I Wished On The Moon" - I'm still humming that one!

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