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Bebop Spoken There

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Rupert Burley (Dynamic Agency): "BSH just goes from strength to strength".

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13683 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 1402 of them this year alone and, so far, 18 this month (Dec.5).

From This Moment On ...

December

Wed 08: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 08: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 8:00pm. Concert performance. Free admission.
Wed 08: Four @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00-9:30pm. In the bar.
Wed 08: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Wed 08: Durham Uni Big Band + Durham Uni Jazz Soc Big Band @ Durham University Students' Union. 8:00pm.

Thu 09: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon. £22.00. Xmas lunch. Tel: 0191 691 7090.
Thu 09: Hot Club du Nord, Lubetkin Theatre, East Durham College, Peterlee. 7:00pm (doors). £10.00. + bf.
Thu 09: TBC + Knats @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 7:00pm. £7.00. (£10.00. inc food).
Thu 09: Indigo Jazz Voices @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Thu 09: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 09: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 10: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon. £22.00. Xmas lunch. Tel: 0191 691 7090.
Fri 10: Zoë Gilby Trio @ Bishop Auckland Town Hall. 1:00pm.
Fri 10: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 10: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm.
Fri 10: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 10: Secret Night Gang @ Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Fri 10: Jack Logan (replacement for Alter Ego) @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sat 11: Paul Skerritt @ Newcastle Central Station. 11:00am. On the concourse.
Sat 11: Life Drawing & Live Jazz @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 2:00-4:00pm. Lindsay Hannon & Martin Douglas. Book via: www.cobaltstudios.co.uk.
Sat 11: Boys of Brass @ Branding Villa, South Gosforth, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sun 12 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 12: Musicians Unlimited @ South Durham Social Club, Hartlepool. 1:00pm.
Sun 12: Hot Club du Nord @ Hurworth Grange. 2:30pm. Festive Special! SOLD OUT!
Sun 12: Glenn Miller Orchestra UK @ Stockton Globe. 3:00pm. Ray McVay & co.
Sun 12: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 12: Am Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 3:00pm.
Sun 12: Sue Ferris Quintet (Musicians Unlimited’s Xmas Party) @ South Durham Social Club, Hartlepool. 4:00pm. Tickets: £6.00.
Sun 12: Jason Isaacs Big Band @ Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle. 5:00pm.
Sun 12: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 7:00pm.
Sun 12: Larry’s Brass Band @ The Vigilant Inn, South Shields. 7:00pm. Free. Brass band playing Xmas tunes!
Sun 12: corto.alto @ The Cluny, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Sun 12: Under the Surface @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £10.00 adv., £12.00. door.

Mon 13: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Mon 13: 6th Street Swing w Calvert & the Old Fools @ St Thomas Aquinas’ Church, Darlington. 7:00pm. £5.00. Swing dance (‘social dancing’) night.
Mon 13: Stuart Fowler Quintet plays Art Blakey’s album Moanin’ + jam session @ Central Bar, Gateshead. 7:30pm. £5.00.

Tue 14: Harry Keeble & Friends @ Forum Music Centre, Darlington. 7:30pm. Keeble (tenor sax); Dean Stockdale (keyboards); Paul Grainger (bass); John Bradford (drums).

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Greg Abate/Alan Barnes w. Stu Collingwood Trio @ Corner House, Newcastle.

Greg Abate (alt/fl); Alan Barnes (alt); Stu Collingwood (pno); Mick Shoulder (bs); Adam Sinclair (dms).
(Review by Lance.)
Jazz North East was rewarded for presenting this imaginative line-up by a near capacity audience and deservedly so.
American, Greg Abate played a great gig here a year ago - pairing him with his UK counterpart Alan Barnes promised to be something special.
From the opening bars of Sweet and Lovely we just knew just how special this session was going to be. The two altos laid done a bench mark that was constantly raised as the evening progressed. Stu Collingwood, stepping into the Edis breach maintained the standard set by the horns and Mick The Shoulder had his say before the two front men went into an 8 bar exchange that became a 4 bar and then a two bar. Adam Sinclair responded admirably.
Star Eyes was like hearing Charlie Parker in stereo. Barnesy - slippery as an eel - Greg as smooth as silk.
Solar had the altos slugging it out in a pier 6 brawl that resulted in honours even.
Jag, an Abate original based around the chords of When Light's Are Low, and named after his 3 children, was done as a samba and played by the composer on flute. The flute/alto combination .made for a good contrast to the two altos.
Marti, written by Birmingham pianist Johnny Patrick and featuring Abate on alto was positively sensuous. Marti must be quite a woman to inspire such a song!
Bird's Segment brought the set to a close. This was already an unforgettable evening and we were only half way!
Another Abate original opened up the second set - I didn't catch the name but it had some rich harmony from the two altos as well as some exciting interplay between them.
I must again mention the sterling work put in by the north-east rhythm section. Messrs Collingwood, Shoulder and Sinclair handled the difficult task of jumping in at the deep end with the minimum of rehearsal and no safety net save their professionalism.
Kenny Barron's Voyage brought to mind the Oliver Nelson/Eric Dolphy track Altoitis as tonight's two altoists soared like a Bird with the velocity of a Cannonball.
Barnes' The Wye Blues was followed by his solo feature Spring is Here - this had an Ellington/Strayhorn feel to it. Alone Together brought things almost to a close but not before they'd played pure Bebop on Dizzy's Bebop. This was the only way to finish - nothing could follow that!
Gig of the Year!
Lance.

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