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Bebop Spoken There

Marc Myers: " If the original group with Baker was Dover sole, the group with Brookmeyer was beef stew." - (JazzWax, December 7, 2019).

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Today Tuesday December 10

Afternoon

Jazz

Classic Swing - The Ship Inn, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. 0191 251 3677. 1:00pm - 3:00pm. Free.

Evening

Jam session - Black Swan Bar, Newcastle Arts Centre, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SG. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 8:00pm. House trio: Mark Williams, Paul Grainger, Rob Walker.

Tyne Valley Big Band - Fox Inn, West End Terrace, Hexham NE46 3DB.Tel: 01434 603681. 8:30pm. Free (donations).

Blues/Soul/Folk etc.

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Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Take It To The Bridge. No SNAFU tonight.

Dave Weisser (tpt/vcl), Nicola (alt), Robin Douthwaite (gtr), Barry Ashcroft (pno), Mick Danby (bs), Eric Stutt or Ian Forbes (dms).
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Lots of excellent happenings at the Chilli tonight. The band got it all together and just about everything gelled with Dave's chops and his vocal chords in good working order; both were heard to advantage on Freddie Hubbard's "Blues For Duane". Mick Danby's bass guitar blast on "All of Me" knocked everyone out whilst Robin Douthwaite, making his Chillingham debut, played some tasty chords and soloed melodically.
Nicola "The Sax" featured prominently on "Misty" and didn't sound too far removed from Johnny Hodges - what more could one ask?
On keyboard, Barry has his own distinctive sound which he obviously prefers but I'd love to hear him use the straight piano setting. As always, he had a few bites at the cherry.
Eric and Ian kept the drumseat warm and the cymbals sizzling.
As befits any self-respecting gig, the best number was saved till last. In this case it was the calypsonic rhythms of "St Thomas" that brought things to a close.
Everyone played out of their skulls on the Sonny Rollins classic with Ian Forbes, who'd handed the drum duties back to Eric, adding some additional percussion by banging a couple of empty bottles together. It was effective and done without breaking many bottles.
A boisterous group of students added to the ambience and scored brownie points by requesting the Coltrane version of "My Favourite Things". There is hope for the world yet!
Next week promises to be rather special with the ALAN GLEN TRIO doing a bebop set - berets, goatee beards and shades are optional.
Lance

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