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Bebop Spoken There

Danny Halperin: "Johnny Griffin is possibly the worst tenor saxophonist who has come to widespread public attention in the past decade." – (Jazz News, March 21, 1962).

Polly Gibbons: “If Billie [Holiday] had come up in the ’60s, she probably would have been a soul singer” – (Down Beat August 2017).

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Today Wednesday August 16

Afternoon
Vieux Carre Jazzmen - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
Maine Street Jazzmen - Tynemouth Metro Station, Station Tce., Tynemouth NE30 4RE. 1pm. Free.
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Evening.
New Orleans Jazz at the Village Hall - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Rd., Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:15pm. £3.
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Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. £1. 8pm.
Billy's Acoustic Blues - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free (weekly).
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Tees Hot Club - Cleveland Bay, 718 Yarm Rd., Eaglescliffe TS16 0JE. 9pm. Free.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Mark Williams Trio @ The Globe Jazz Bar, Newcastle - May 23.

Mark Williams (gtr); Dermot McNeil (bs); Russ Morgan (dms).
(Review by Lance).
This was quite a trio - almost a jazz version of Cream! Three musicians at the top of their game gelling into one after minimal rehearsal.
Mark Williams, the bench mark for any aspiring guitarist. Dermot McNeil, a musical associate of Mark's going back to their embryo days in Northern Ireland, A graduate of the Guildhall School of Music and currently bassist with the Human Revolution Orchestra, Dermot came up specially for this gig.
Russ Morgan too has an impressive pedigree having worked with many well known names down south and he proved to be the ideal man to kick things along.
Much of the material was by Mark eg: Booze Blues; Weird Waltz; (well named!) Good Answer; Balaclava Street and Major Detail. Dermot chipped in with Modal Conspiracy, which featured an impressive hand drumming intro by Russ and an arco bass solo played with a cello-like resonance, and Avenue to Nowhere, a theme from the film of the same name. As well as playing bass he was also the film's Music Supervisor. As a matter of further north east interest, Rob Brockway played piano on the soundtrack. 
Mark Williams forecast that, in 5 years time, Avenue to Nowhere would have become a standard - he could well be right.
The one actual standard played was a sensitive version of Gee Baby Ain't I Good To You with Mark's rich chords rising above the thump thump thump of the disco in the bar below.
The evening ended with Tubes and a well deserved show of appreciation by the Jazz Coop audience.
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.
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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