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Bebop Spoken There

Bill Reglein (JJ Babbitt m/pieces): "We made this mouthpiece for Eddie Harris. He played tenor sax and trumpet. He played in some pretty rough bars. The story goes that he was afraid he'd get in a fight and get his teeth knocked out. He figured that if even that happened he could still play tenor. So, the request came in, 'Can I get a reed mouthpiece for my trumpet?' the company made exactly one." - (DownBeat October 2019).

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Daily: July 6 - October 27

Precarity John Akomfrah’s film (2017, 46 mins) about Buddy Bolden - Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead Quays, South Shore Road, Gateshead NE8 3BA. Tel: 0191 478 1810. Screenings at intervals during the day. Part of Akomfrah's exhibition Ballasts of Memory. Exhibition (daily) July 6 - October 27. 10:00am-6:00pm. Free.

Today Sunday September 22

Afternoon

Jazz

Precarity John Akomfrah’s film (2017, 46 mins) about Buddy Bolden (see above).

Vieux Carré Hot 4 - Spanish City, Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay NE26 1BG. 12 noon.

Musicians Unlimited - Park Inn, Park Road, Hartlepool TS26 9HU. Tel: 01429 233126. 1:00pm. Free.

Sunday Jazz in the Crypt - Middlesbrough Town Hall, Albert Road, Middlesbrough TS1 2QJ. Tel: 01642 729729. 2:00-6:00pm. £12.00. + bf. Line-up: Noel Dennis Trio + Emma Johnson’s Gravy Boat + Anthony Strong.

More Jam - The Globe, Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 3:00pm. Free.

Jazz Social - Charts, Quayside, Newcastle NE1 3DX. Tel: 0191 338 7989. 4:00pm. Free.

Somethin' Blue Trio - The Pennyweight, Bakehouse Hill, Darlington DL1 5QA. Tel: 01325 468411. 5:00-7:00pm. Free.

Blues/Funk/Soul

Memphis Cruisers - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 3:00pm. Free.

Evening

Jazz

Alexys de Alfaro - Revoluçion de Cuba, Cloth Market, Newcastle NE1 1EE. Tel: 0191 917 7076. 6:00pm. Free.

Paper Moon Trio - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. Free.

Fabled - Bridge Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle NE1 1RQ. Tel: 0191 232 6400. 8:00pm. £8.00. & £6.00. JNE.

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

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Bob Barnard and the Swing City Trio @ Trinity Church and Centre, Gosforth.

Bob Barnard (tpt), Steve Andrews (alt/ten/clt), Roly Veitch (gtr/vcl), Roy Cansdale (bs).
This was one of those gigs that one remembers because of the restraint rather than the kick the door down, put the boot in, excitement that characterises most jazz gigs that stick in the memory.
This was different. It was the Bechet/Spanier 4, the Mulligan Quartet, the MJQ - it was chamber jazz of the highest quality.
Bob Barnard, like Bix, Chet, Bobby Hackett even Miles, knows that one note hit on the nose is better than a hundred despatched into outer space. When Bob takes a solo he isn't just taking the chords for a walk around the block he's creating an alternate melody. True that alternate melody may have been honed over the years but the end result is worth it.
Steve Andrews kept pace with the star and had more than a few moments of his own to draw applause from the appreciative crowd.
Steve also did the announcing in his own fine and humourous manner. However, knowing Bob' Barnard's illustrious pedigree, I'd have liked to have heard some of his own stories first hand.
Nevertheless, it was a good gig and the set lists are worth salivating over...
I'm Getting Sentimental Over You, I Surrender Dear, Easy Living, I Saw Stars (vcl by Roly), Indian Summer, Come's Love, Sweet and Lovely and As Long As I Live.
The second set opened with Just You, Just Me (with the boppish Spotlite riff and a Roly vocal) followed by Topsy, Skylark, Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams, Three Little Words, You've Changed, Out of Nowhere and, finally, Swing That Music.
Throughout, Roly as well as his cool laid back vocals provided the perfect rhythm guitar acc. and played some nice solos a la George Barnes, Carl Kress. On bass Roy was his usual tower of strength.
A most enjoyable and relaxing evening - I hardly noticed the absence of drums so much did the group swing!
Lance.

1 comment :

Russell said...

Hi Lance

Having slept on it I agree wholeheartedly with your review.

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.
The idea of this blog is for you to share your thoughts and pass on your comments on discs, gigs, jazz - music in general. If you've been to a gig/concert or heard a CD that knocked you sideways please share your views with us. Tell us about your favourites, your memories, your dislikes.
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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Whilst we appreciate the many emails, texts, messages and other communications we receive requesting album/gig reviews on BSH, regrettably, we are unable to reply to all of them other than those we are able to answer with a positive response.
Similarly, CDs received by post will only be considered if accompanied by sufficient background material.
Finally, bear in mind that this is a jazz-based site when submitting your album.
Lance