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Billy Cobham: "Miles said to us, 'Don't play in between takes,' so of course John [McLaughlin] played in between takes." - (JazzTimes, Nov. 2019).

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Today Friday November 22

Afternoon

Jazz

Sue Ferris Trio - The Merry Monk, 30 Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL14 7NP. 1:00pm. £5.00. Pub adjacent to Bishop Auckland Town Hall.

Rendezvous Jazz - Monkseaton Arms, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. Tel: 0191 251 3928. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening.

Mick Shoulder Quintet - Traveller's Rest, West Auckland Road, Darlington DL3 9ER. 8:00pm. (doors 7:30pm). £8.00. Opus 4 Jazz Club.

Tenement Jazz Band - Theatre Hullabaloo, Borough Road, Darlington DL1 1SG. Tel: 01325 405405. 8:00pm. £14.00. Darlington NOJB.

Blues/Soul/Funk etc.

Ishmael Ensemble - Cobalt Studios, Boyd Street, Newcastle NE2 1AP. 8:00pm. £7.47.

Catfish Keith - Old Cinema Launderette, Marshall Terrace, Durham DH1 2HX. 8:30pm. £18.00. + £1.80. bf.

The Odels - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.

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

Friday, July 09, 2010

Midnight in Mayfair - Another View.

Picture this - a little girl eating her Sunday's dinner, the smell of freshly baked bread, then she's off to Sunday School to hear tales of Baptist missionaries, and all this is accompanied by the sound of Billy Cotton with his 'Wakey Wakey' and songs such as Any Old Iron and I've Never Seen a Straight Banana.
This scene of childhood came flooding back to me at this very enjoyable musical show which incorporated useful mini lectures on each of the bands whose work was played. This was dance music rather than jazz, which could have pleased many types of audience. The band's attire conveyed the atmosphere well - smart dark suits, white shirts and black bow ties with white jackets for the leaders. Janice Day, the lady vocalist, really did look like a lady. She was pretty in pink and purple during the first set, then became sophisticated in a black sequinned outfit for the second set. Add to this her beautifully waved and curved blonde hair and red lipstick, and you get the early 20th century picture.
The singing styles were very different from pure jazz. Ms. Day was a sweet light soprano, which was authentic for the time, and she acted well in amusing songs such as Cole Porter's The Physician. Tom 'Spats' Langham sounded good in his Al Bowlly tribute songs, beautifully smooth and relaxing.
One of the main stars in the show was the drumkit, played by Nick Ward, which dated from 1934, and had many interesting clinky clanky bits, and whistles, which served well in Choo Choo,(Yes, it's a portrayal of a train) taken from the band of Jack Payne.
Many of the bands, such as Ambrose and Phillip Lewis were before my time, but it didn't spoil the enjoyment. The sheer liveliness and fun was what came across. I went home wondering if we all take ourselves a bit too seriously nowadays. What do you think?
Ann Alex.

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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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