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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.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Barnes & Williams + Blaydon Jazz Quartet @ Blaydon Jazz Club. December 17th.

John Barnes (alto sax, clarinet & vocals), Roy Williams (trombone & vocals), Roly Veitch (guitar), Jeremy McMurray (piano), Mick Shoulder (double bass) & Billy Shield (drums). Last night was party time at Blaydon Jazz Club. Snowflakes beginning to fall, it was good to get indoors ready to feast on jazz and the promise of much good food. The evergreens of John Barnes and Roy Williams made the trip 'up north' to guest with the Blaydon regulars of Roly, Jeremy, Billy and on this occasion the versatile Mick Shoulder on bass.
Gershwin's 'Strike Up the Band' or, as Roy Williams would have us believe, 'Bike Up the Strand', opened the show to the delight of a large turnout in the concert room. 'Let's Get Away From it All' followed, then there were anecdotes and jokes a-plenty and before you knew it the first set had flown by concluding with Williams singing 'Tangerine'.
The interval buffet was, as ever, one of the highlights of the year at Blaydon. All tucked in and did their best. The raffle offered ten prizes - all went to other homes.
The music resumed with a beautiful rendition of Johnny Green's 'Out of Nowhere'; you know things are going well when Roly comps and smiles with contentment as he did on this and many other tunes including Hoagy's 'Stardust'.
'Deed I Do' was a good one for Barnes (playing alto) and Williams in tandem and the evening drew to a close rather appropriately with a tune associated with and written by Mel Tormé - 'The Christmas Song'. Russell
PS: Photo courtesy of Derrick Cogger.

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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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