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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.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Jazz Co-op @ The Globe: Havana Club 5 - April 18

Alan Law (keys); Antonio Morerro (vocals, shakers); Darren Millett (guitar) Paul Grainger (bass);
Carlos Rivera (hand drums, snares); Paco Rivera (hand drums, percussion)
(Review by Ann Alex/photo courtesy of Debra).
If you’re up for a good time, partying, dancing, this band is definitely the band for you. I enjoyed hearing them so much that I’m thinking of taking up cigar-smoking, to make the image complete!  They started as they meant to go on, with a long vamp of South American sounds, piano and guitar riffs, drums, cymbals, bird whistles, shouts, snatches of song in Spanish/Portuguese (?), the singer encouraging us to join in, ‘Party, party, si senor’, all climaxing in a general mash-up. Many bands would have opted for something quiet after all that excitement, but no, we had more lively sounds, then the flowing piano comes to the fore: - this review stops for a while as I’m up dancing with Debra, Helen, Jen and Mary, can’t resist, blame the music!
The piano plays lyrically, the bass then leads, and the tune ends with a fade-out.
There are now a few sound problems as the singer can’t hear himself, but nothing can really throw this band, they simply play on and check the situation, then the sound resumes better than ever, to the singer’s words of ‘cha, cha, cha, - break for reviewer dancing with Helen, Mary and Jen, and also Debra moving rhythmically at the sound controls, just in case it goes again.
The second half opens with bell-like percussion sounds and a build up of drums, enter the others and a sweet tuneful piano, solos from guitar and bass, a clank, clank, chock, chock from percussion to a steady bass drum beating out the pulse of the tune, then a flowing song, more than just riffs.  Audience participation now, this time a clapping lesson from Carlos, we have to repeat short clapping rhythms after him, and he chides us when it’s not quite right, all good fun. Then a tune I recognise, with fine drumming on the snares with sticks.  We dance again, then it’s over and the Metro calls me home. Quite a night!
Ann Alex   

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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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