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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.

Thursday, July 01, 2010

Take It To The Bridge @ The Chilli. June 30th

Dave Weisser (vocal, trumpet & flugel horn), Dougie Fielder (tenor saxophone), Barrie Ascroft (keyboards), Jim Crinson (double bass), Paul Wight (drums) + Alan Law (keyboards & tenor saxophone), Fiona Littlewood (vocals), Ivan Scutt (5 string electric bass) & Rob Bates (drums).
The thing about Dave Weisser's night at the Chillingham is you never know who will turn up and what they will choose to play. Alan Glen, the advertised main attraction, was indisposed. Initial disappointment was compounded by the depleted ranks on the bandstand - the first tune featured Dougie on tenor, Barrie at the keyboard and Jim Crinson on bass (the only musicians at hand). MD Weisser was flitting about somewhere - as is his wont.
The first of the re-enforcements arrived mid-tune in the shape of drummer Paul Wight who called for someone to lend a hand and lug his gear up the stairs. Volunteers (ie. audience members) were thin on the ground so your reviewer got the job.
The tunes were choice - Mr.PC, There Is No Greater Love (great vocal from Weisser), Killer Joe - to name but three. A while later further re-enforcements took to the stage in the shape of Budvivarian Ms.Fiona Littlewood to sing a couple of tunes - Corcovado and Yardbird Suite - with Ivan Scutt offering spot-on support (Jim C sat out, taking a well-earned five). All excelled on Bird's classic number with Alan Law blowing some bluesy tenor.
Young Rob Bates got up to play (Paul Wight was relieved to be relieved) on Jaco's The Chicken (a request from a member of the audience - well, me actually) and it proved to be a stormer. Five String Scutt, making his Chilli debut, breezed through it with ease. The rhythm section and front line regulars should take a bow, so too, all the sitters-in.
A good night.
Russell.

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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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