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Bebop Spoken There

Binker Golding: "The purest jazz was often the most danceable. Somewhere along the way, we exchanged danceability for complexity, and I see a lot of what I do as a way of giving that back to people." - (Jazziz, Winter 2020).
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Hudson Music: Lance's "Bebop Spoken Here" is one of the heaviest and most influential jazz blogs in the UK.

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

Today Saturday February 22

Afternoon

Jazz

Electric Guitar Masterclass – The Music of Robben Ford - Sage Gateshead, St Mary’s Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR. Tel: 0191 443 4661. 10:00am. £15.00. Jamie Mackay conducts a masterclass looking at the work of former Miles Davis’ sideman Robben Ford.

Evening

Daniel John Martin w Swing Manouche - Core Music, 14a/b Gilesgate, Hexham NE46 3NJ. Tel: 01434 601993. 8:00pm. Donations (suggested donation £10.00.). DJM w Mick Shoulder (guitar); Giles Strong (guitar); Ian Paterson (double bass).

Blues/Funk/Soul

Half Hand Hoodoo Band - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

Boys of Brass - Brandling Villa, Haddricks Mill Road, South Gosforth, Newcastle NE3 1QL. Tel: 0191 284 0490. 9:00pm. Free.

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

Thursday, March 07, 2013

Jazz Caff Refugees @ The Star, Westgate Rd., Newcastle March 6

Pete Gilligan (pno); Paul Grainger (bs); Jeff Armstrong (dms). + Dave Parker (ba); Peter Ninnim (dms); Lindsay Hannon (vcl); Ann Alex (vcl).
(Review by Lance).
Gilligan set the ball rolling with All Blues. The Kind of Blue classic seemed to be tailor made for Pete. His casual nonchalance at the keyboard a contradiction of what he was actually putting down. Paul Grainger solid and stable kept things under control whilst Jeff Armstrong displayed the reasons why he is in every other band - or so it seems!
It was a classic selection of tunes - Bouncing With Bud, I Remember Clifford - beautiful and poignant as this tune has to be to make it work - it worked! There Will Never Be Another You, Whisper Not, Have You Met Miss Jones, Hubbard's Up Jumped Spring and Bru's Blue Rondo a la Turk. A very enjoyable set.
Over on Chilli Road, Take it to the Bridge was back up and running which meant  Mike Pav and Paul Gowland weren't around for the jam so it was left to Lindsay to kick start things.
On drums was Mike Ninnim - he can swing! Anyone know his pedigree? and Dave Parker took over in the basement.
Lindsay did the biz on A Train and a most unusual Autumn Leaves that may just be the best Autumn Leaves I've ever heard - certainly this week.
A surprise runner was our own Ann Alex who philosophised that It Don't Mean a Thing if it Ain't Got That Swing. Our gal did BSH  proud. Lindsay, Ann's mentor, maintained the Ducal feel with In a Sentimental Mood - is this not the best of all of Duke's songs?  
Pete and co brought us back to the Bebop heartland with Dizzy's Anthropology.
So far so good - wonderful that the spirit of "The Caff" is being maintained.
Lance.

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