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Jack Cooke: "...neither Giuffre nor Jim Hall are even adequate jazz musicians, they are technically limited, and more importantly, seem unable to improvise logically" - (Review of a JATP concert. Jazz Monthly May 1960)

Michael James: "...if Ellis [Herb] has merits they are definitely not these [fantastic fire and drive]". - (Review of Herb Ellis Meets Jimmy Giuffre (LP). Jazz Monthly May 1960).

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Today Tuesday October 17

Afternoon
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Black Bull, 98 Front St., East Boldon NE36 0SG. 1pm. Free. 0191 5365127. 5th of 6 consecutive gigs. 2 mins from East Boldon metro.
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Evening
Charles Gordon (solo piano) - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Newcastle. 10pm - midnight. Free.
Jam Session - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. Free. James Harrison on piano.
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Monday, December 21, 2015

Jazz in the Afternoon Xmas Party - Crescent Club, Cullercoats - Dec. 21


Derek Fleck (ten/clt); Brian Chester (keys/tmb); John Hallam (bs/sousa); Ollie Rillands (dms/vcl) + Miles Watson (tpt/vcl); John Broddle (vcl); Teresa Armstrong (vcl); Roy Gibson (keys).
(Review by Lance).
And so the Christmas party season rolls on. Today it was the turn of the Crescent Club at Cullercoats to deal out the delicious delicacies. Sausage rolls, nibbles on sticks, open sandwiches, some unidentified objects - the mystery adding to the sense of adventure without detracting from the taste - and, if this wasn't enough, there was also real ale at £2 a pint and a raffle with 15 prizes.
Oh yes, there was music too!
Jazz!
In the afternoon!
Shangri-la.
JITA have held down the Monday lunchtime slot here for quite a number of years, and, despite the aging audience, the numbers don't appear to have dropped.
Derek Fleck, when he wasn't sleeping, blew some great mainstream tenor and clarinet. It's Only a Paper Moon and Wabash Blues being a couple of early gems. Miles Watson got into the spirit of things with Jingle Bells.
Ollie sang Green Door and the dancers took to the floor. Jazz me Blues from Derek before John Broddle gave out with Winter Wonderland and Lazy River. The set finished with more Ollie on Route 66 and The More I See You.
Raffle time - with 15 prizes, surely I couldn't lose?
I lost!
Friends old and new to catch up with. Gordon Solomon, former trombonist and leader of the River City Jazzmen being in the former category whilst in the latter, I met Sheila, wife of the late saxophone player Stan Slate. Stan played pro in many big bands during the 'Archer St. years'. Anyone recall him?
The second set opened with Teresa singing That Old Feeling, Mean to Me and I've Got a Pocketful of Dreams. Teresa, I swear, sounds even better as she, how can I put this?, gets less younger - and not an ipod or lyric sheet in sight!
An almighty sousaphone had been, like the Sword of Damocles, ominously lurking at the side of the stage throughout the afternoon. Now it sprung into action, curled around John Hallam's body like an overfed boa constrictor, aided and abetted by Chester the piano man who'd become Chester the trombone man and Miles, now wearing a bowler hat and singing Dinah.
Jollity prevailed.
John Broddle threw himself back into the fray for I'll See You in my Dreams (a bit early at 3pm - except for Derek!) including, the verse! I think this must have been the first time I'd heard anyone sing the verse - Bravo John. There'll be Some Changes Made had a "One more one time" coda squared!
Then it was metro time. As I left John was singing Let's Dance and several people were!
Very enjoyable.
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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