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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 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.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Jazz Café @ The Star and Shadow October 18.

The North East Four (NE4), [Paul Gowland (tenor), Ray Truscott (6 string electric bass), Alan Law (piano), Paul Wight (drums)]; Scott Tyrrell (poetry); The Debra Milne Ensemble, [Debra Milne (vocal), Steve Glendinning (guitar), Paul Grainger (double bass), Rob Bates (drums)]; plus a presentation of a teaser segment of Abi Lewis’s forthcoming film ‘The Jazz Man’ about Keith Crombie.
(Review by Minnie Fraser.)
Pink Lane Jazz Co-op’s latest big splash event was as interesting and varied as you could wish for, and attracted good numbers despite the weather on a rainy Friday night. The evening began with a presentation, by director Abi Lewis, of a teaser of her forthcoming film about The Jazz Man. The sequence suggested that the finished film is likely to hit an appropriate balance, and should be a fitting tribute to Keith and the venue(s) he created.  Abi is looking to raise some additional funds to complete the film to the appropriate standard to be submitted to film festivals, and will be establishing a Kickstarter campaign soon, giving us all the chance to become Executive Producers. Watch this space for your chance to be the new David O. Selznick.
Music for the evening was supplied by Debra Milne, and Ray Truscott’s NE4, with Scott Tyrrell offering a poetic intermission, including some clever and amusing stanzas. Standout moments were a self-referential piece on the nature of poetry scanning and  rhyme, and a Trip Advisor entry on a stable in Bethlehem (one star).
The Milne band delivered a mix of half and half - original tunes, written by Debra and her virtuoso guitarist Steve Glendinning, with covers selected from beyond the mainstream usually addressed by vocalists. Notable were The Jazz Cafe song, an original written for Crombie, Betty Carter’s Tight, Parker’s Billie’s Bounce, and Ellington’s Caravan, which allowed solid young drummer Rob Bates to flex his muscles.  Milne was engaging and melodic, Glendinning tasteful with harmonic well structured solos, and Grainger swung.
Ray Truscott is heading off soon for his winter hibernation in Miami and it will be our loss as we won’t get to hear NE4 again until he returns with the spring thaw. Truscott’s original compositions haven’t the most straightforward structures yet were expertly delivered by his virtuoso band. Gowland soared and demonstrated why he is one of the best horn players in this or any other region, Law built tasteful solos and prompted the rest of the band, while Truscott and Wight tied down the often angular fusion soaked rhythms perfectly.  The audience wanted more so the band encored with a wonderful rendition of Chick Corea’s Spain.
A great evening all round. I can’t wait for the next Co-op big event when they take over World Headquarters on November 23.
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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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