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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

The Jazz Café Ain't No Church - Hallelujah!

A cast of thousands including: Sarah Travena on tenor, Alan Law on tenor and piano, Paul Grainger (bass), Pete Gilligan (piano), Omid Ramak and Ryan Siddall, Eric Stutt (drums), Matthew Office, Mark Williams (guitars), Elaine Binney (violin), Lindsay Hannon and Sheila Robson (vocals).
The Jazz Café is the way Jazz Clubs used to be - not sitting with furrowed brows in sepulchral silence but with people actually enjoying themselves! If you want to furrow your brow go to The Sage or the City Hall.
The Jazz Café is a throw-back to a time when jazz was classed as entertainment and not some Radio 3 specialist art form. Of course we all know it is both and it is nice when the twain do meet but c'mon, tap your feet, click your fingers, accompany your applause with a hoot and a holler.
They do all this at the Jazz Café Sunday Afternoon Jam Session and I don't think the musicians minded at all. If the song required rapt attention they got it e.g. Lindsay Hannen singing But Beautiful - she also held the punters with Willow Weep For Me, Love Me Or Leave Me and quite an amazing version of Nature Boy.
Let them talk - if your solo is good enough they'll stop talking. If it's not then you'll welcome the chat to cover up that divergence from the sequence you made on bar 189.
The solos were good enough today. Apart from the usual suspects who to-ed and fro-ed we had Sheila Robson who did Billie Holliday proud with Loverman and, as I reluctantly left, Peggy's Why Don't You Do Right?
Just too many good things to write about today. So, with apologies to those I have missed out it was great.
Lance.
PS: As the only bass player Paul Grainger must get a special mention for service above and beyond the call of duty!

2 comments :

Anonymous said...

Are there any entry costs? Does it apply to musicians who want to jam?

Lance said...

Entry is free.

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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