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Bebop Spoken There

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 Saturday September 21

Afternoon

Jazz

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

Solitude - St John's Church, Grainger St., Newcastle NE1 5JG. 11:00am & 2:00pm. Free. Gabriele Heller’s audio play (40mins).

Jeff Barnhart’s Silent Film Festival: Reel 2 - St Augustine's Parish Centre, Larchfield Street, Darlington DL3 7TG. 12:30pm. £10.00. (under 16s free). Barnhart’s piano accompaniment to classic silent films.

Vieux Carré Jazzmen: River Tyne Jazz Cruise - Quayside, Newcastle NE1 3DX. Departing 1:00pm (boarding from 12:30pm) from o/s Pitcher & Piano, returning 4:00pm. Tickets: £25.00. (info 0191 252 9429/07710 528413). On board buffet & Tyne Bank Brewery bar.

Evening

Ronnie Scott's All Stars - Middlesbrough Theatre, The Avenue, Middlesbrough TS5 6SA. Tel: 01642 815181. 8:00pm. £22.50. (inc bf). Ronnie Scott's Story: 60th Anniversary Concert.

Nikki Iles, Karen Sharp & Friends - Queen's Hall Library, Queen's Hall Arts Centre, Beaumont Street, Hexham NE46 3LS. Tel: 01434 652477. 9:30pm. £15.00. A Hexham Abbey Festival of Music & Arts event.

Blues/Funk/Soul

Bullfrog Blues Band - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

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

Monday, July 22, 2013

Keith Stephen’s Hot Club Trio with Caroline Irwin & Steve Andrews @ The Black Bull, Blaydon. July 21

Keith Stephen (guitar), Roly Veitch (guitar & vocals), Bruce Rollo (double bass), Caroline Irwin (vocals) & Steve Andrews (clarinet & tenor saxophone) + Colin Aitchison (trumpet & vocals)
(Review by Russell).
Coquette, Exactly Like You (showcasing Caroline Irwin’s expressive vocal style), great tunes to start with, bandleader Keith Stephen and bassist Bruce Rollo first to step up. The latter number bright and breezy with reedsman Steve Andrews doubling on clarinet, then tenor. Irwin sang Walking After Midnight (Andrews featured once again). Hot clarinet covered the Andrews Sisters’ hit Bei Mir Bist du Schon, followed by Roly Veitch telling us What a Little Moonlight Can Do. Steve Andrews’ clarinet accompanied vocalist Irwin on I Get the Blues When it Rains (no chance!) and Wild Child Irwin ran amok on Running Wild concluding an excellent first set.
The interval. A Deuchars’ refill, a raffle ticket and in walked Hong Kong-based ex-pat trumpeter Colin Aitchison. The beer fine, raffle ticket a dud, CA in good form. Second set and Irwin set about Autumn Leaves in French. I ask you! What a girl! Miles playing it in Antibes (c.1965) was something, to hear a local lass singing the lyrics – in French – in the Black Bull was Desert Island Discs’ material! Our Far East visitor – Mr Aitchison – sat-in, standing alongside Andrews (tenor), on I Can’t Give You Anything But Love serenaded by Caroline Irwin.
The boys in the band took a spell (they went to the bar) leaving the stage to Steve Andrews and Blaydon Jazz Club’s Main Man Roly Veitch to craft a beautiful take on Skylark. The rhythm boys – slap bass maestro Bruce Rollo and six-string Hot Club kings Keith Stephen and Roly.Veitch  - whisked us off to ‘30s Left Bank Paris on China Boy, Cumbrian-based reedsman Andrews in the back seat of the Peugeot, as they careered along the Champs Elysées, Gallic-style. Irwin’s seductive French brought to life La Vie en Rose, then she went Cuckoo before regaining her sanity in time to hear Aitchison’s top trumpet (and convincing Satchmo vocals) calling Dr Jazz. Great stuff.
Next month – Sunday 18 August – don’t miss the incomparable Ruth Lambert with Giles Strong and Mick Shoulder and special guest, ace trumpeter Graham Hardy. Oh, by the way, take the chance to hear Colin at the Crescent Club this week, possibly Jesmond Legion and maybe the Marquis of Granby.  
Russell.                             





1 comment :

Lance said...

Russell, they couldn't be careering down the Champs Elysèes on Sunday night as Le Tour de France was taking place at that very moment in time.

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