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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.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Scarborough Jazz Festival Day Two - Afternoon

Threeway - Steve Waterman (tpt/flg), Steve Lodder (pno/keys), Ben Crosland (bs/gtr). As the name implies, this wasn't a frontline horn with backing set up but a trio of equals playing lines that complemented and supported each other. Of the many highlights Secret Love with its bravura trumpet intro stood out before it was kicked upfield for the piano to carry with some fancy fingerwork before trumpet picked up the ball and ran with a triple-tongued blast that may have begun in Arban's Method For Trumpet but didn't end there! Breath-taking or to be more precise - circular breath-taking.
Annie O'Donnell described the sound of the Waterman flugel as falling dew and a lover's touch!
More from the poetic Annie later.
Tim Whitehead's Colour Beginnings. Tim Whitehead (ten), Liam Noble (pno), Pat Bennison (bs), Milo Fell? (dms).
This was an interesting project that, sadly for me at any rate, didn't work. The idea was that Tim, after spending 2 months looking at Turner's paintings in the Tate Gallery then produced his compositions/improvisations based on what he'd absorbed. The various images were flashed on the screens as he played and occasionally chanted. Sometimes the music was very good but frankly I was unable to relate what he was playing to what was on screen - maybe only he could.
As someone on a nearby table described it - "I became disengaged early on'.
Me too brother.
Andrea Vicari with Jazz ExTempore. Andrea Vicari (pno), Elvis Stanic (gtr/acc), Rico De Veer (bs), Christ Yotsov (dms). I suppose it had to come - a Croatian Elvis! However, this Elvis was the real deal jazzwise taking his Strat down many jazzlined journeys. He did so also on a 32 bass accordian. Andrea Vicari - the only English player in the quartet (drums Bulgaria, Bass Holland) - proved to be a jazz piano player of the highest quality and her dexterity, invention and harmonic depth were beautiful. I feel if anyone was going to do justice to a painting it would be this band.
An enjoyable afternoon - Festival Bitter tasted good as did the chips at Harry Ramsden's (Sorry Jerry but I couldn't face walking up the hill to Beiderbecke's!
Lance.

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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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