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Bebop Spoken There

Greg Abate: "So many sounds are ugly now. There are no harmonics, no chords. What do people hear these days? Why do things have to change from that good music?" (JazzTimes June/July 2022)

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14378 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 14 years ago. 597 of them this year alone and, so far, 2 this month (July 2).

From This Moment On ...

July

Wed 06: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 06: Michael Bublé @ Durham County Cricket Club, Chester le Street. Doors: 5:00pm.
Wed 06: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 06: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 06: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 07: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 07: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library. 3:00-5:00pm. £1.00. All welcome.
Thu 07: Lara Jones + Echo Juliet @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 7:00pm.
Thu 07: Thursday Night Prayer Meeting @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free admission (donations).
Thu 07: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 07: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 08: Alex Clarke Quartet @ Bishop Auckland Town Hall. 1:00pm. £7.00.
Fri 08: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 08: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 08: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.

Sat 09: Jazz Stage @ Mouth of the Tyne Festival: Zoë Gilby Duo (12 noon); Vieux Carré Jazzmen (1:35pm); Harmony Brass (3:10pm); Ruth Lambert Quartet (4:40pm). Outdoor stage adjacent to Tynemouth Priory.

Sun 10: Tusk X Yeah You @ Live Theatre, Newcastle. 12 noon. £10.00. All day event, line-up inc. Pat Thomas.
Sun 10: Jazz Stage @ Mouth of the Tyne Festival: Rendezvous Jazz (12 noon); River City Jazzmen (1:35pm); House of the Black Gardenia (3:10pm); Classic Swing (4:40pm). Outdoor stage adjacent to Tynemouth Priory.
Sun 10 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 10: Tees Valley Jazzmen @ Hammer & Pincers, Preston le Skerne. 1:00pm.
Sun 10: Shunyata Improvisation Group @ Saltwell Park, Gateshead NE9 5AX. 1:00pm.
Sun 10: Am Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 10: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 10: Anth Purdy @ Blues & Bourbon, Newcastle. 4:00pm.
Sun 10: Jazzframe @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 11: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Mon 11: Central Bar Quintet plays Chet Baker Sings @ Central Bar, Gateshead. 7:30pm. Concert performance featuring Pete Tanton + jam session. £5.00 (free admission to sitters-in).

Tue 12: Jam session @ Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. House trio: Alan Law, Paul Grainger, Rob Walker.
Tue 12: Harry Keeble Quartet @ Forum Music Centre, Darlington. 7:30pm.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Le Jazz Hot - C'est Si Bon!

Paris June 2015
(Review/Photos by Peter Ninnim)
750 people packed the Lecture Theatre in the  Maison des Oceans in Paris, paying thirty two Euros a head to see the Shai Maestro Trio present an off the wall programme of modern jazz. This was the “Festival Jazz at Saint-Germain des  Pres” in Paris.
By chance my good lady had booked us a five day Paris break coinciding with the first part of this two week event and what with that and all the normal Jazz clubs it was wall to wall jazz!
Diary.
Day one.
Jazz club Chez Papa just down the street from the hotel in the Rue St-Benoit. Pianist Remi Toulon and Bass player Jean-Luc Arramy Drummer not available and unfortunately no Kit lying about.  These two were a revelation; lots of original stuff and very melodic. It must have been good, I bought a CD! The food in the club was first class (and as in all Paris very reasonable in price) and as there was no admission fee it was an excellent evening and we left after midnight.
Day two.
Lots of Jazz on the street, largely New Orleans based.
Day Three.
Shai Maestro trio as above. What a band. Based in New York but travelling the world. Keep an eye out for the band if they appear in the UK. The bass player, Jorge Roeder was exceptional but the drummer Ziv Ravitz was in a class of his own. The concert scheduled for two hours over ran by about 45 minutes. Three standing ovations and the stand selling CDs at the end impossible to reach. The drummer in particular was a big favourite with the audience and he was a bit show-biz but he was entitled to be so.
After about thirty minutes I really started to appreciate the music; it wasn’t that there was lots of technical difficulty as far as I could see but the way it all went together just worked completely. There are a few good extracts on youtube which might give a taste of the trio.
Anyway out of the theatre at 11.45 and round the corner to a bar that we had spotted which turned out to be a club famous in the area and called “Le petit Journal”. Here in a cellar down two flights of stairs we found wonderful soprano sax player Marc Laferrierre and his band playing understated New Orleans Jazz until one o’clock. They unusually spoke very little English and I am unsure of the names as there was a quite a lot of sitting-in. I think that the trumpet was Boss Queraud.
Excellent band; we were not asked for admission (as it was so late) but the beer was 15 Euros a pint! The sort of club everyone wishes to stumble across!
Day 4
Came across a trio playing soft jazz in the café Beaux Arts, on the Left Bank near Notre Dame, but could not stay long; other non-music events called.
Day  5
Free street concert; first “Utopia Quartet” and then “Agathe Jazz Quartet.”  Both these groups were vocalist led and were warmly appreciated by a very large audience outside the “Deux Magots” café on the Boulvard Saint Germaine.
A great week; and sorry to leave before all the other jazz on the programme. I’ll try again next year. With more time there were plenty of late night Jam sessions available of a very high standard.
Photos.
Peter N.

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