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Jeremy Pelt: "It [Birth of the Cool sessions] was bebop in sheep's clothing." - (DownBeat, December 2019).

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Today Tuesday November 12

Afternoon

Jazz

Classic Swing - The Ship Inn, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. 0191 251 3677. 1:00pm - 3:00pm. Free.

Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool - Tyneside Cinema, Pilgrim Street, Newcastle NE1 6QG. Tel: 0191 227 5500. 1:15pm. Stanley Nelson's 2019 documentary film.

Evening

Jazz

Not Now Charlie - Fox Inn, West End Terrace, Hexham NE46 3DB.Tel: 01434 603681. 8:30pm. Free (donations).

Blues

Sugaray Rayford - Cluny, Lime St., Newcastle NE1 2PQ. Tel 0191 230 4474. 8:00pm. £15.00.

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

Wednesday, January 06, 2016

Henry’s Swing Club @ The Brandling Villa. January 5

(Review by Russell)
Metro delays, fast-flowing rivers of water where footpaths and roads were once under foot, the end of the world is just round the corner. Quick! Let’s take refuge in here. A pint of the Firebrick Brewery’s Tyne 9, a prime seat and a look around to see who was   in the house. The Brandling’s finest bluesmen were tuning-up, drinking-up (the first of many) and punters were out in force considering it was the end of the world and all that.
The Lounge Lizards got right to it. Hoochie Coochie Man, a false-starting Kansas City, guitar riffs and wailing harps, the end of the world would have to wait. Young Alex sat patiently, eventually getting the call. Three killer numbers – Red House, All Along the Watchtower then Hey Joe confirmed he could play. The legend that is Mr Brian Lynam sat with a pint, chatting with fellow musos. His turn would come and what a turn! Band line-ups were frequently changing and Lynam got up to sing St James’ Infirmary to the guitar accompaniment of Robin Douthwaite. Lynam sang some Nat Cole saying Forgive me, Nat!
Robert Johnson, T-Bone, Bo Diddley chug-a-chug-a-chug riffs, Little Walter. Harmonica demons were out in force, this being the South Side (of Gosforth). One such demon – the man known as Tommy – sat-in on drums, then bass, then blew the meanest harp! Talent? In spades! If this was to be the end of the world, then what a way to go! Just time to catch the last boat to Newcastle Central.  
Russell.             

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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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