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Jeremy Pelt: "It [Birth of the Cool sessions] was bebop in sheep's clothing." - (DownBeat, December 2019).

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Today Wednesday November 13

Afternoon

Jazz

Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool - Tyneside Cinema, Pilgrim Street, Newcastle NE1 6QG. Tel: 0191 227 5500. 12:15pm. Stanley Nelson's 2019 documentary film.

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

Evening

Jazz

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

Swing Street - Pier Red, Castlegate, Berwick upon Tweed TD15 1LF. Tel: 01289 309168. 8:00pm. Free.

Levee Ramblers NOJB - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:15pm. £3.00.

Blues/Folk

George Shovlin & the Radars, Charts, Quayside, Newcastle NE1 3DE. Tel: 0191 338 7989. 8:00pm. Free.

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

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

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Quality Night @ The Chilli - and you missed it - na na na na na!

Dave Weisser (tpt/vcl), Harley Johnson (pno), Barrie Ascroft (bs), Eric Stutt (dms) + Solly Bashiri (dms).
In the absence of a bass player, Barrie went on to bass and Harley occupied the piano chair with Eric on drums. To my ears this was just about the perfect Chilli rhythm section. It swung like anything with Harley on top of his game and discarding his Monkish image as if to say - 'This is me!'
Barrie was as sound on bass as he is on piano and Eric held it all together perfectly.
Dave as the lone horn eased his chops with extra vocals - "What's New?", "I Didn't Know What Time it Was", "Angel Eyes", "Easy Living" as well as instrumentals such as "Blue Bossa", "Blues For Duane", "Sunflower"... It was a good night that deserved more support. Dave should have sang "Where Are You?"
There are times when the fickle fans make me, and the band, despair. They couldn't even use the excuse of a football match tonight.
Still, in years to come, when Harley is centre stage at 'Ronnie's' we'll have the satisfaction have having been 'in on the ground floor' even if tonight's gig at the Chilli was upstairs (I may have used that analogy before but what the hell?)
Next week it's the Alan Glen Trio so c'mon folks ...
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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Lance (Who wishes it to be known that he is not responsible for postings other than his own and that he's not always responsible for them.)
Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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Lance