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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.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Jazz Co-op @ the Globe: Folk and Acoustic Night; January 7

(Review by Ann Alex)
This event had morphed from being ‘Jazz Meets Folk’ even more than I had suspected as the starting time turned out to be 7.30, not 8pm, and the raffle had 4 prizes, thanks to an extra bottle of wine and a donation of a folk CD (Minnie’s folk band ‘Canny Crack’) from Bill.  I take it back about having my finger on the musical pulse, especially since I know very few of the performers surnames, although it’s not the kind of do where surnames crop up much.
I found out about the start time when in they came well before 8pm, and I counted about 20 performers, mostly with guitars, and at least a dozen listeners, by the end of the night.  About 5 of us were the core attendees and it seemed that the rest had known about the do from Minnie, Facebook or both.  I slap my wrist for criticisms I’ve made about social media.
A good time was had by all: Eric of Newcastle Bridge Folk Club started us off with songs and guitar, one about a pirate (how many jazz songs do you get on that subject?).  We had a Dougie Maclean song from David; John and Colin treated us to mining songs; Jeff Smith, of the Blue Jazz Sextet, did St James Infirmary Blues on soprano sax; Dennis went fishing and poaching in his songs and another John sent us off to the Caribbean with A Little Girl In Kingston Town and also the classic Last Thing On My Mind.  At some point Minnie Fraser had sung The Wren, which concerns an ancient New Year custom.   The high standard of guitar playing continued with Peter’s imaginative song about a Lion and John Cram performed a folk tune on viola, then sang to his concertina.
The 2nd half continued with others (too many to fit in to the 1st half), namely Sue and James, more great guitar on two tunes, including I Don’t Know How To Love Him; Edwin donned a picturesque hat with sequins and butterfly shapes to do imaginative songs with piano and guitar, and Carrie treated us to 2 of her own songs with guitar, including I Feel Stupid, about a girl who doesn’t want to make a move as she’s not sure if the boy likes her.  We had certainly liked what we’d heard from everyone but there was more to come as a playaround then cropped up spontaneously.  This is a bit like a jazz jam, but folk, and more informal, and everyone stays in their seats.  Playing together is the norm rather than solos. I noticed especially wonderful harmonies from Jeff’s sax, then a skilled fast folk tune from a mandolin, Minnie’s lovely fiddle and goodness knows what else happened after I had to go for the Metro.
I hope everyone comes back for the Folk and Acoustic next month, Thursday February 4, 7.30pm. 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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