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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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Lance

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Today Thursday July 19

Afternoon

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Road, Holystone NE27 0DA. Tel: 266 6173. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Maine St. Jazzmen - Sunniside Social Club, Holywell Lane, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5NJ. 8:30pm. Free.

Alexys de Alfaro: Guitar Dreams with Coco Vega - Prohibition Bar, Arch 3, Brandling Street, Gateshead NE8 2BA. Doors 7:00pm. A ‘jar on the bar’ gig. Guitar & percussion.

Alter Ego - St James’ & St Basil’s Church, Fenham Hall Drive, Newcastle NE4 9EJ. 7:30pm. £10.00.

Jesse Bannister Quartet - Jazz Café, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 8:00pm. £10.00. (£8.00. concs.). JNE.

Northern Monkey Brass Band - Jubilee Park, Spennymoor DL16. 6:00-9:00pm. Free. Big BRASS Bash (Durham Brass Festival).

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

Tees Hot Club w. Donna Hewitt (alto); Josh Bentham (tenor); Dave Archbaid (keys) - Dormans Club, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Tel: 01642 823813. 9pm. Free.

Jazz Jam - Fire Station, High Street West, Sunderland SR1 3DT. Tel: 0191 594 7241. 8pm. Free.

Billy's Buskers: Plug in and Play - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 7:00pm. Free.

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

Wednesday, June 03, 2015

Jazz Café Jam - June 2.

(Review by Lance)
The listing below is from memory - In my rush to catch the 22:57 Metro and to savour the last few bars of whatever it was they were blowing, I left my notepad behind me so I'm busking this one!
However, like all jams at "The Caff", it was memorable enough for me to be able to paint the scene despite, at times, the stage area being more populated than the Central Station. Instruments at the ready, they awaited the call.
The house quartet  gave a Wave  before we were off to The Sunny Side of the Street. Ray Johnson, having drove both trumpet and flugel down from Rothbury leaped in - somewhat prematurely! However, afterwards he produced a couple of interesting charts that had everyone on their metal, none more so than Bradley Johnston who was dealt a Bb part!
Brown Junior took over on piano, Brown Senior spelled Grainger on bass, the not yet departed for Japan Yuya, sat in on drums on drums and Tom Lapworth moved in on guitar for A Night in Tunisia.
More comings and goings.
Falconi stepped up to the keyboard.  When the Signor from Sienna (or wherever!) goes into play mode not only do you get the jazz but you get all the emotions too. This is a soul in torment searching for freedom his body language, the facial expressions are those of a man on a mission - is it the lost chord, the holy grail or the secrets of the universe? Whatever, when he finds it his face erupts into a smile of satisfaction.
And so the drama unfolded - drummers and guitarists galore! Saxophones to the fore, Musos from out of the area, even one from Bulgaria, Japan and Italy, Jesmond and Whitley it all happened here tonight!
Lance.
Jazz Café photos.
Peter Gilligan (pno); Paul Grainger (bs); Bradley Johnston (gtr); Paul Wight (dms) + Ray Johnson (tpt); Joel Brown (pno); 'Papa' Brown (bs); Tom Lapworth (gtr)' Yuya Honami (dms); Francesco Falconi (pno); Rob Bates (dms); Thanos (gtr); Dan Foote (dms); Jordan Alfonso (alt); Paul Gowland (alt); Nick Gould (ten); Dimi (dms); Ian Forbes (dms); John Pope (bs) - there may have been others, apologies if I've missed you.

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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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