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Bebop Spoken There

Jackie Paris: "A singer's got to be able to tell a story. Frank Sinatra and Nat Cole are best at that; Mel Tormé too. I like to take a lyric that means something and sing it right to the person it was meant for." - (DownBeat October 11, 1962).

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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.

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Afternoon

Jazz

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

Jazz in the Afternoon - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free admission.

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Thursday, August 25, 2011

Steve Fishwick Quartet @ Hoochie Coochie

Steve Fishwick (tpt); Ross Stanley (keys); Tim Thornton (bs); Matt Fishwick (dms).
This was a good gig make no mistake about it. A driving set that, if there was to be any criticism, it would be that it had just too much excitement!
Steve is one of the more forceful modern trumpet players and he eschews Chet and Miles in favour of Clifford, Lee and Freddie.
They blew bop - of course they did - but with Ross Stanley on keys (a regular visitor to the area) it was never going to be a nostalgia thing and at times it approached the edge with some avant garde playing that Charlie Parker would have struggled to accept even on his own Passport which drew the first set to a close.
A bottle or two of London Pride, chat with Paul Edis and Don Forbes, then it was back to 52nd St - 2011.
How Deep Is The Ocean? Lullaby, a Woody Shaw piece and Steve's own Howling brought things to a, wait for it, Howlin' close. The audience wanted more and they got it with a blues that had the room roaring its approval. Brother Matt, on drums, showed that there is more than one way to skin a kit with an extended drum solo that scored.
Hoochie Coochie is a good venue yet tonight there were few of the regular jazz audience in (if there is such a thing and I'm beginning to wonder...) Perhaps they took heed of the dammed with faint praise Steve Fishwick had been subjected to elsewhere. Fortunately, there were  enough people with open minds who just came to enjoy the music.
They were rewarded with an evening that may have changed their lives (well we do live in hope!)
Ross Stanley is back in the region at The Cluny on September 27.
Photos
Lance.

2 comments :

Anonymous said...

"How Deep Is The Ocean? Lullaby," is not a Woody Shaw tune.

Lance said...

I couldn't agree more! The sentence should have read - How Deep Is The Ocean?, Lullaby, a Woody Shaw piece - the title of which escaped me - and Steve's own composition, Howling, which brought things to a, wait for it, Howling close.
I shouldn't have had that extra bottle of London Pride!

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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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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.)
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