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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 Tuesday November 12

Afternoon

Jazz

Classic Swing - The Ship Inn, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. 0191 251 3677. 1:00pm - 3:00pm. Free.

Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool - Tyneside Cinema, Pilgrim Street, Newcastle NE1 6QG. Tel: 0191 227 5500. 1:15pm. Stanley Nelson's 2019 documentary film.

Evening

Jazz

Not Now Charlie - Fox Inn, West End Terrace, Hexham NE46 3DB.Tel: 01434 603681. 8:30pm. Free (donations).

Blues

Sugaray Rayford - Cluny, Lime St., Newcastle NE1 2PQ. Tel 0191 230 4474. 8:00pm. £15.00.

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

Friday, April 13, 2012

Kit Downes Quintet @ The Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 12 April


Kit Downes (piano), Calum Gourlay (double bass), James Maddren (drums), James Allsopp (tenor saxophone, clarinet & bass clarinet) & Lucy Railton (cello)
Bebop Spoken Here’s Hoochie Coochie Man chose to give the Lit & Phil a miss. Had he turned-up at Kit Downes’ gig he would have had to stand at the back of the room – it was busy! I can allay fears of the music heading in a direction other than some jazzers would wish. If you like the MJQ, if you like it acoustic, the Lit & Phil was the place to be! Pianist Downes began by saying how nice it was to be able to play an acoustic session in a place like the Lit & Phil. James Allsopp’s bass clarinet playing surprised many – as swinging and bluesy as you could wish to hear. – and he was no slouch on clarinet and tenor sax! Talented is the word. Bass and drums were as secure as could be; Calum Gourlay (an in demand bass player – Tommy Smith, Colin Steele) and drummer James Maddren were impeccable throughout. Maddren’s touch is quite something – a first call player, no question about it. The addition of cello worked well. Lucy Railton played it straight ahead and occasionally ‘out’. Fear not, this was nothing to frighten the horses corralled up the road at the Hoochie Coochie ranch. Indeed Downes’ inclusion of Schubert lieder worked wonderfully. So, two sets of exemplary acoustic jazz, a full room and all CDs on sale found new homes. Who said jazz isn’t like it used to be? Is the Lit & Phil the new Corner House? Whatever, this was 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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