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Jeremy Pelt: "It [Birth of the Cool sessions] was bebop in sheep's clothing." - (DownBeat, December 2019).

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Today Tuesday November 12

Afternoon

Jazz

Classic Swing - The Ship Inn, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. 0191 251 3677. 1:00pm - 3:00pm. Free.

Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool - Tyneside Cinema, Pilgrim Street, Newcastle NE1 6QG. Tel: 0191 227 5500. 1:15pm. Stanley Nelson's 2019 documentary film.

Evening

Jazz

Not Now Charlie - Fox Inn, West End Terrace, Hexham NE46 3DB.Tel: 01434 603681. 8:30pm. Free (donations).

Blues

Sugaray Rayford - Cluny, Lime St., Newcastle NE1 2PQ. Tel 0191 230 4474. 8:00pm. £15.00.

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

Saturday, November 02, 2013

Whitley Bay Classic Jazz Party @ The Village Hotel nr. Shiremoor, Day one: Evening. November 1

Friday evening sessions included tributes to the Coon-Sanders Nighthawks; Clarence Williams' Jazz Kings as well as Unsaturated Fats and Sing Me More Torch Songs.
Unsaturated Fats.
Duke Heitger (tpt); Matthias Seuffert (reeds); Jeff Barnhart (pno/vcl); Spats Langham (gtr/bjo/vcl); Henry Lamaire (bs); Richard Pite (dms).
The ebullient Jeff Barnhart's tribute to the equally ebullient Fats Waller was a toe-tapping good humoured affair with the American pianist - heard elsewhere with his flautist wife Ann - making sure none of the 88 notes went untouched. His full on approach both playing and singing was right in the Waller groove.
The two frontline men American Heitger and German Seuffert had a perfect understanding which came out in the ensembles and in the solos - particularly the split choruses in Rump Steak Serenade. This latter song had Barnhart encouraging the audience to sing the title words when they came up. At the end he asked for just the men to sing it so we sang it. Then the women and they sang it. Finally he asked the sober people to sing it - silence!
I'd never heard Waller's Do You Have To Go? until today but what a lovely tune it is! Here's the original.
Sing Me More Torch Songs.
Cécile McLorin Salvant (vcl); Ben Cummings (tpt); Alistair Allan (tmb); Jean-Francois Bonnel (reeds); Martin Seck (pno); Spats Langham (gtr); Malcolm Sked (bs); Nick Ward (dms).
The lady was in great voice last night and so she was again tonight in a program subtitled Laments of Unrequited Love. Opening with Benny Carter's Love You're Not The One For Me her opulent vocal chords proved ideal for expressing the subtitle's sentiments. Loverman and Memories of You followed and then my pen ran out! I can't recall the final two tunes but I can't think of anyone other than Daryl as qualified to sing a torch song so effectively. Nor better guys to support her.
This was just so perfect.
Lance.

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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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