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Bebop Spoken There

Piers Paul Read: "Bruce Reynolds and Biggs shared an interest in Sex, Jazz and Hemingway." - (The Train Robbers by Piers Paul Read, Coronet Books 1979.)

George Shearing: "Speaking about Johann Sebastian Bach I think he'd be a real jazzer if he were alive today. I mean any man who has two wives, twenty kids, gets kicked out of the church for being too harmonically radical and drinks beer can't be all wrong can he?" - (Crescendo March 1984.)

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Today Wednesday July 18

Afternoon

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

Evening

Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, 11 Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8:00pm. £1.00.

Gala Big Band: BRASS for Sir Bobby - Durham Miners’ Hall, Flass Street, Durham DH1 4BE. 7:30pm. £10 Durham Brass Festival.

Reel Brass + Shake ‘Em Up Jazz Band - Front Street, Chester le Street, Co. Durham DH3. 6:00-9:00pm. Free. Town centre street performance. Durham Brass Festival (Street Ceilidh).

Steve Glendinning & Paul Grainger - Dun Cow, Brandling Village, Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 4RS. 8pm. Free.

Big BRASS Bash - Timothy Hackworth Park, Shildon. 6:00-9:00pm. Free. Durham Brass Festival.

Northern Monkey Brass Band - Timothy Hackworth Park, Central Parade, Shildon DL4 1DL. 6:00-9:00pm. Free. Big BRASS Bash (Durham Brass Festival).

Community Hall New Orleans Band - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:15pm £3.00.

Moonshine Sessions - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson Street, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 8:30pm. Free.

Tyne Valley Junior Jazz Ensemble + Tyne Valley Youth Big Band + Tyne Valley Big Band - Phoenix Club & Bar, Chisholm Place, Hexham NE46 1QL. 6:00pm. Donations.

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

Sunday, September 07, 2014

Graeme Wilson Quartet @ Jazz Café. September 6

Graeme Wilson (tenor saxophone), Paul Edis (piano), Andy Champion (double bass) & Adam Sinclair (drums)
(Review by Russell/photo courtesy of Mike Tilley)
Fantastic! At the end of the evening an acquaintance said: It’s amazing that we have musicians of this calibre here in Newcastle. Honorary Geordie Graeme Wilson has recently relocated to his homeland north of the border after a decade or so on Tyneside but the good news is he continues to gig here in the north east and this Jazz Café date proved to be as good as it gets.
The set list comprised of familiar Wilson charts with the addition of one new number. Street of Furs, Offissa Pup, a double helping of Blyth Spirit – The Sycamore and The New Wallaw – from the days of Voice of the North, the Coltrane blast on the swinging Searchlight Nevada and the new one, Turquoise. Wilson, deceptively quick, took the first solo on each number with clarity of thought and execution top-drawer. Pianist Paul Edis invariably grabbed the second solo and with bassist Andy Champion and drummer Adam Sinclair on the stand a formidable piano trio more than held its own as Wilson listened with no little satisfaction. The new one – Turquoise – didn’t faze the boys in the band, sight-reading it as they went along (you couldn’t spot the joins).
A good crowd filled the Pink Lane jazz spot and a couple new to the area were suitably impressed and are sure to return keen to hear more. Living in Bedlington they have already found the Elephant (a jazz club in nearby Ashington, not the large cuddly animal in the corner of the safari park) and they’re in for a treat next month when the stupendous Strictly Smokin’ Big Band rolls into town.
The swinging funk of Remora kicked-off the second set with a sparkling Edis solo. The twisting, turning Toe of Fudge twisted and turned with Edis doing his best to emulate a studio-recorded take of his killing Hammond solo (we should hear it!). Wilson suggested this Jazz Café take was Edis at the upright Hammond. Cue band humour…’upright organ’ etc. Pleasureland (an amusement attraction in Arbroath) followed. By set list design or not – upright organ…Pleasureland. No further comment, Your Worship. The final number of the night – Honolulus – ripped the place apart. Stonking tenor, sanctifying piano, Andy ‘Arco’ Champion, in-the-pocket Adam Sinclair. The Graeme Wilson Quartet is a rare beast – rarely heard and when it is, it’s a rare treat.        
Russell.

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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.
The idea of this blog is for you to share your thoughts and pass on your comments on discs, gigs, jazz - music in general. If you've been to a gig/concert or heard a CD that knocked you sideways please share your views with us. Tell us about your favourites, your memories, your dislikes.
Lance (Who wishes it to be known that he is not responsible for postings other than his own and that he's not always responsible for them.)
Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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