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Bebop Spoken There

Red Nichols: “Bix could do more on one note than any group of 100 cornet players and you can put me at the last.” – (DownBeat August 1937).

Jimmy Cobb: “A lot of places we played in the States weren't ready for Trane's thing. At one club, a woman stood up and yelled at Miles, 'Make him stop.'” – (DownBeat April 2018)

Today Friday March 16


James Harrison Trio - Lit & Phil, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SE. 1:00pm. £5.00.

Giles Strong Trio - Bishop Auckland Town Hall, Market Place, Bishop Auckland Town Hall DL14 7NP. Tel: 03000 269 524. 1:00pm. £5.00.

Rendezvous Jazz - Monkseaton Arms, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. Tel: 0191 251 3928. 1:00pm. Free.

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free.


Julija Jacenaite & Friends - Jazz Café, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 9:00pm. Free.

Rat Pack - Live from Las Vegas @ Sunderland Empire, High St West, Sunderland SR1 3EX. 7:30pm. Featuring Rat Pack Big Band & Burrelli Sisters.

Paul Edis Sextet - Traveller’s Rest, West Auckland Road, Cockerton, Darlington DL3 9ER. 8:30pm. £8.00. Opus 4 Jazz Club.

Washboard Resonators - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

Newcastle University Jazz Orchestra - Kommunity, Market Street, Newcastle NE1 6BH. 7:30pm. ‘End of Term Party’ promoted by NUJO (various performers, some from NUJO).

Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7pm.

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

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Jazz Café Jam. August 5.

Peter Gilligan (pno); Paul Grainger (bs); Paul Wight (dms) + Bradley Johnston (gtr); Ray Burns (hca); Cormack Loane (alt); Nick Gould (ten); James Creswick (bs); Jordan Alfonso (alt); Eric Stutt (dms); A.N. Others on guitar/flute/keys.
(Review by Lance).
This week's jam was jam-packed - the joint jumped!
The house trio set the bar level high on Bouncing With Bud and Wave. Bradley Johnston kept it there Meeting Miss Jones in the process. Ray Burns gave us Body and Soul. All the Things You Are, There Will Never be Another You and Cantaloupe Island followed bringing a new bass player on stage. Wearing a jauntily angled baseball cap I pigeon-holed him as a rapper or a hiphopper - how wrong can you get? James Creswick, of the musically notable Creswick family, proved to be as adept a jazz bassist as his father is a violinist and conductor.
Eric Stutt took his place behind the kit alongside a guitarist and flautist whose names I didn't catch. The fluter would have benefited from using the mic. Time Remembered meandered along but Anthropology and Straight No Chaser didn't hang about. 
Cormack Loane, a friend from way back and now based at Birmingham Conservatoire, was in town for a few days and, fortunately, had his alto with him. Cormack had travelled north to be here, Nick Gould, a habitué of Edinburgh's famous Jazz Bar, had travelled south and the two saxes blended well on Chaser, Satin Doll and Now's The Time both dishing out gutsy solos.
Gould stayed on board for Green Dolphin Street then was joined by yet another saxist - alto player Jordan Alfonso who acquitted himself admirably on a couple of Autumns (New York and Leaves).
Night in Tunisia brought Cormack back into the fray before the final Mercy, Mercy, Mercy.
One of the best jams since the Café re-opened.

1 comment :

Bradley Johnston (on F/b) said...

A great night it was indeed!

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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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