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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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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, November 18, 2015

Jazz Café Jam Session Nov. 17

(Review by Lance).
At first it looked like no one was there then, suddenly, everyone was there! The usual suspects and a few not so usual. As usual the house trio got things moving with, I think, A Weaver of Dreams and they were kicking ass from the first bar and this was just the start of another memorable evening!
Time Remembered and Senor Blues followed before 'Bradders' joined the mix for A Foggy Day and a Michel Petrucciani number the title of which escapes me. The young guitarist's resolution of the closing bars on the former was masterly whilst the latter, a brisk Latin piece, saw all four take it round the block a few times.

Time for a change with Paul Edis taking over on piano and Matt MacKellar on drums. Edis, wearing a top that made the lights on the Christmas tree look dim by comparison, opened with  What is This Thing Called Love? (or was it What is This Thing He's Wearing?) it was very enjoyable every man jack digging deep culminating in a round of 4s, 2's and 0's. MacKellar brought in Stomping at the Savoy, and stomp they did whilst Someday My Prince Will Come displayed expert balladry. To hear Gilligan and Edis in the one night is akin to Peterson and Tatum turning up. Now here's a thought for a Jazz Café duo set - Gilligan and Edis on two pianos over 15 rounds!
Edis, incidentally, launches his solo double album at the Lit and Phil tomorrow (Thursday Nov. 19)
Dawn Furness offered Love For Sale in a jazzy operatic style, Luke Stewart-Smith played bass with Paul Gowland on soprano sax for Dolphin Dance. First time I'd heard PG on sop. Waltz For Debbie and I'll Remember April did no harm at all. 
Jordan Alfonso with George Anyantis on piano played Skylark, Nature Boy and Softly as in a Morning Sunrise before Gilligan returned with Duncan Walker on soprano - 3 sopranos in one evening (Gowland, Furness and now Walker). In a Mellow Tone, and Tenor Madness (I think) with Kalenak on drums. 
Quite a night and it wasn't over yet although it was for me - 27 bus beckoned...
Lance.
Peter Gilligan (pno); Paul Grainger (bs); Russ Morgan (dms); Bradley Johnston (gtr) + Paul Edis (pno); Matt MacKellar (dms); Dawn Furness (vcl); Paul Gowland (sop); Jordan Alfonso (alt); George Anyantis (pno); Luke Stewart-Smith (bs); Duncan Walker (sop); Nick Kalenak (dms).

2 comments :

John Hallam (on F/b) said...

3 Sopranos? I think it was Frank Skinner, a great arranger from the 20s until he progressed to writing film scores for 30 years, said it was impossible to find 3 soprano players who were in tune with each other! Nowadays improved instruments and, I suspect, musical sensibility has allowed the renaissance of the "fish horn".

Lance said...

Ah John, but here we had 2 soprano saxes and a soprano jazz singer who, up to my point of departure, hadn't formed an alliance although it may have happened after I left.

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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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