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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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Today Wednesday July 18

Afternoon

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free admission.

Evening

Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, 11 Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8:00pm. £1.00.

Gala Big Band: BRASS for Sir Bobby - Durham Miners’ Hall, Flass Street, Durham DH1 4BE. 7:30pm. £10 Durham Brass Festival.

Reel Brass + Shake ‘Em Up Jazz Band - Front Street, Chester le Street, Co. Durham DH3. 6:00-9:00pm. Free. Town centre street performance. Durham Brass Festival (Street Ceilidh).

Steve Glendinning & Paul Grainger - Dun Cow, Brandling Village, Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 4RS. 8pm. Free.

Big BRASS Bash - Timothy Hackworth Park, Shildon. 6:00-9:00pm. Free. Durham Brass Festival.

Northern Monkey Brass Band - Timothy Hackworth Park, Central Parade, Shildon DL4 1DL. 6:00-9:00pm. Free. Big BRASS Bash (Durham Brass Festival).

Community Hall New Orleans Band - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:15pm £3.00.

Moonshine Sessions - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson Street, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 8:30pm. Free.

Tyne Valley Junior Jazz Ensemble + Tyne Valley Youth Big Band + Tyne Valley Big Band - Phoenix Club & Bar, Chisholm Place, Hexham NE46 1QL. 6:00pm. Donations.

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

Monday, August 03, 2015

Jazz Co-op @ The Globe: Williams/Tanton Quartet. August 1

Mark Williams (guitar); Peter Tanton (trumpet, flugelhorn); John Pope (bass); Russ Morgan (drums)
(Review by Ann Alex).
A sterling performance, no doubt about it.  Musicians at the top of their game, and very entertaining, from the bass opening to You Don’t Smile Any More, right through to Mark Williams composition Booze Blues. If this is what drink can do for you, give me 3 pints of cider now!
Quite a few of the numbers were Williams originals, such as There, There, There, which, Tanton usefully informed us, was based on the rhythm changes chord sequences, for the benefit of the people who’d been to the workshop earlier in the day. (see below).  Tubes, another Williams composition, was really fun, with a rocky guitar opening, then the trumpet soloing to steady riffs from the others, then back to rock guitar with military beats from the drums, a drum and bass call and response duet, Pope beating on the wooden sides of the bass, all ending with a little whimper from the trumpet.  Follow that! They did, with a blues which they couldn’t name, but it featured rich, strong, guitar chords, whatever it was.
Other tunes included Turf War (‘a jazz waltz with many key changes’, said Tanton in tutorial mode once more); a wonderfully gentle Lately I’ve Been Lonely; Gregory’s Here (Horace Silver). Definitely a band worth hearing again.
Some of the participants of the jazz course which took place at the Globe over the weekend provided a pre-gig jam, assisted by Pete Tanton and John Pope.  We had:
Ken Pierce (alto sax); Jeff Smith (tenor sax); Stephen Brown (tenor sax); Andrew Guerin (trumpet); Roy Stephenson (guitar); Max Goodall (piano); Derek Heather (drums); Ann Alex (vocals).
Our tunes included Summertime (with vocals, sorry Lance, not your favourite song!); Cataloupe Island; My Funny Valentine.  I think we did well, at least I know from the workshop that there were some very competent musicians who are already playing in bands.  People to watch for the future!
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.
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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