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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).


Today Tuesday December 10



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


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.


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

Thursday, November 05, 2009

Take it to the Bridge - Wednesday 4th November Chillingham, Heaton

Sadly we only made it for the second half of this sparsely attended gig, everyone else was probably with Lance Liddle down at the Cluny.
When Caz and I arrived we increased the audience by a good 40%!
There is, however, something quite nice and intimate about nights like this. The attenuated band featured Dave (trumpet and vocals) Eric Stutt (drums) Barry Ashcroft (bass gtr) and Chris Finch (keyboard).
First up was Angel Eyes with some really nice stuff from Eric - subtle brushes changing to sticks on the closed hi-hat for Dave's solo. This was followed by My Romance, Once I loved and finally Well You Needn't. This last rendition featured some unusual chords from Chris in the bridge - a major tonality with an almost bluegrass quality - a surprise on the ear, but good, unusual and original.
No Darren Grainger - who is, it seems, back in hospital. Our love and best wishes, as always. And with such a small audience it was almost a forgone conclusion that I'd win the raffle. It is always nice to siphon off some of Dave's amazing collection of music this time Gerry Mulligan and Chet Baker. Result!

1 comment :

cptfinch said...

Thanks for the encouraging comments! I really enjoyed the evening even though the audience was very small. For most of the evening the only paying customer was Charlie - a music lover just moved to Heaton from France.