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Bebop Spoken There

Dave Gelly: “From 1 January 1920, when prohibition was imposed in the US, people didn’t stop drinking, they just stopped drinking legally.” – (Jazz Journal October 2017).

Regina Carter: “When I was a teenager, I would daydream about going out on a date and dancing to Ella’s music.” (Down Beat October 2017).

Today Thursday November 23

Afternoon
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Rd., nr. Newcastle NE27 0DA. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening.
Maine Street Jazzmen - Potter’s Wheel, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5EE.

Group Theory - The Globe. 7:30pm. £5.00. Superb Durham University quartet. Dan Garel (alto), Tom Burgess (guitar), Dylan Purches (double bass) & Tristan Bacon (drums).

BABMUS - Jazz Café, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8:00pm. £3.00. (£2.00. concs.).

TBA – Railway, Wellington St., Gateshead. 8pm.

Tees Hot Club w. Kevin Eland (trumpet); Josh Bentham (sax); Ted Pearce (keys) - Dorman’s, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. 9:00pm. Free.

Skidoo 52: The Joint Is Jumpin’ - Boldron Village Hall, County Durham DL12 9RN. 01833 638210. 7:30pm. £9.00. adult, £20.00. family.

New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton TS18 4AW. 8:30pm.01642 678129.

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

Monday, May 04, 2015

Jazz Co-op @ The Globe: The Yuya Honami Trio: Saturday May 2

Yuya Honami (drums); Pete Gilligan (piano); Paul Grainger (bass)
(Review by Ann Alex)
Not your usual jazz trio at all.  A hugely enjoyable gig and also simply very interesting to watch and hear.  Not ‘interesting’ the way some reviewers use the word politely to mean ‘not very good’, but really, truly interesting because of the sound produced and the nature of the arrangements. The drums were an integral part of the band in an equal partnership, sometimes leading the tunes, and always playing a full part in the arrangements, whether in call and response with the piano, beating along with the piano’s rhythm, introducing riffs to the bass.  And what a drummer! People who have been to the Jazz Café Tuesday jams will have seen this drummer taking the place by storm.  If you haven’t yet seen him, do so soon, you’re in for a treat.  Even if you don’t like drums!

I hardly need say that the piano and bass were well up to the job, with some superb solos, Pete flowing along as usual and Paul playing well, dependable when necessary, walking along well, and producing beautiful melodies as appropriate.  But it was maybe the arrangements that made the gig, and I suspect that all three players had a hand in that.
The numbers included Brubeck’s Take Five; Oscar Peterson’s Hymn To Freedom; The Sunny Side of The Street; Nica’s Dream; Caravan; Strasbourg St Denis(?); Stablemates; My One And Only Love; Green Dolphin Street.  The final tune of the night before the encore was Brubeck’s Blue Rondo a La Turk. This is one of my all-time favourites – I loved this track long before I entered the jazz world properly about 4 years ago, so imagine my delight!  I simply want to laugh out loud when the tune switches from an ethnic sounding tune to sophisticated jazz within a few bars.
It was good to see the jazz bar full and many of the audience were new faces, student friends of the drummer.  I hope they keep on coming.  I’ve missed a few tunes from the list above, because I was trying to learn serving at the bar, as well as listening to the music.  It’s all part of being involved in a co-operative, and we are looking for more volunteers to serve in the bar, on the door, deliver leaflets etc, etc.  Good for your CV.  Fancy being a volunteer? Just thought I’d mention it!

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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