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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.

Saturday, October 06, 2012

Customs House Big Band w. Ruth Lambert @ Customs House, South Shields. Friday Oct. 5.

Peter Morgan (MD/Bs tmb.) Dave Hignett, Toby Donnelly, Alan Smith, Gordon Marshall (tpts); Gareth Weaver, Chris Kurji-Smith, Keiron Parnaby (tmb); Jill Brett, Elaine Francis, Alan Marshall, Amber Reeve, Chris Kaberry (reeds); Bill Brittain (pno); Alan Smith (bs); Roy Willis (gtr); Barry Black (dms); Ruth Lambert (vcl).
(Review by Lance). 
What better gig is there when the bandleader gives you the names of the band and a neatly typed set list with spaces for comments before they even start!
CHBB leader and raconteur Peter Morgan did just that which makes life easier for us reviewers.
It wasn't a full house - how could it be when you had another big band playing about a mile across town? Nevertheless, it was well enough attended to be comfortable and there were several familiar faces in the audience.
That old perennial arrangement of Buddy Rich's - Love For Sale - got the show on the road with solos from Jill Brett (new hairstyle?), Alan Marshall - who isn't called Hastings - (no hairstyle) and Toby Donnelly (band newcomer/dep?) This talented triumvirate provided the bulk of the solo work although trombonists Kurji-Smith and Parnaby also slid into the limelight from time to time.
Bill Brittain did the Basie bit on The Kid From Red Bank, Ruth Lambert gave us Blue Moon and she was S'Wonderful sounding and looking good in what, from a distance, looked like a slinky black, brown and beige gown.
Nestico's Freckle Face, Woody's Apple Honey swung like a well-oiled machine before Ruth returned for a Black Coffee before Flying to the Moon.
The set finished with a most unusual Take The A Train as played by Doc Severinsen on the Tonight Show.
Great arrangement and brilliantly played.
The second set began with a calypso from the Maynard Ferguson pad - Coconut Champagne. Dave Hignett did the stratospheric trumpet work. A dancy You Make Me Feel So Young preceded Ruth's return. This time in a silver lamé gown that may have been painted on - it certainly gave me Fever as well as Getting a Kick Out You Ruth. Earlier the diva had sung God Bless the Child and Come Fly With Me. Jill's alto brought in It Might as Well be Spring and the band had fun with Mike Gilby's Monkeysuckle Rose
MD Peter introduced Gordon Goodwin's arrangement of Sing, Sing, Sing - retitled Sing, Sang, Sung. Peter explained that it was based on the Goodman classic from the 1938 Carnegie Hall concert with Barry Black doing the Krupa bit and Alan Smith playing Harry James. Imagine my amazement when a lady sitting in the row behind called out "What about the Jess Stacy piano solo?" A woman in South Shields - Jess Stacy piano solo - I almost asked her to marry me! The lady in question? - Olive Puncheon. Pleased to have met you Olive.
It was a great arrangement with the soloists duly shining. Ruth returned for Mack the Knife and then it was all over but we certainly enjoyed ourselves. Great band with the rhythm section of Willis and Smith providing the essential underpinning, along with Brittain and Black, to make things Swing, Swing, Swing.
The Customs House Big Band can be heard at Darlington next Sunday (Oct 14), Gateshead Legion next Friday (Oct 19) and at Cleadon (Dec 4). Peter could you email me more details of this latter gig?
More photos.
Lance.

2 comments :

AM said...

Who is this Alan Hastings?

Lance said...

Sorry Alan (Marshall) I'll get it right eventually.

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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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