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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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Lance

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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, June 08, 2016

Jazz Café Jam Session - June 7


Pete Gilligan (pno); Paul Grainger (bs); Matthew MacKellar (dms) + Michael Lamb (tpt); Tom Atkinson (dms); Paul Gowland (alt); Minnie Fraser (vcl); David Gray (tmb); Kath Jobes (vcl).
(Review by Lance).
From occasional sitter-in to  fully fledged house drummer (at least for tonight) MacKellar, or is it Mackellar?, proved a more than capable dep for the absent Russ Morgan. The young man easily slotted in with Gilligan and Grainger on the opening I Thought About You. Nor did the switch to 3/4 time for Hamp Hawes' Sonora phase him. His Early Bird training no doubt contributed as I'm sure did the inspiration derived from playing with the two PGs - a third one would soon arrive.
Oh Lady be Good is vintage Gilligan whilst I Fall in Love Too Easily suggests that romance is far from dead!
The room begins to fill and the first of the guests takes to the stand. Michael Lamb, taking time off from leading the SSBB, blows a fiery How High the Moon before tugging at the heartstrings on Angel Eyes.
Here endeth the first set.
Unsquare Dance, a different drummer, and the third PG assembles alto sax and moistens reed as Gilligan goes into Brubeckian mode.
This drummer knows the number catching the 7/4 meter and the transformation to swing and back seamlessly. I speak to him afterwards and he tells me he's actually a guitarist!
Young Matthew returns for a swinging Tangerine, a Birdlike Embraceable You and a Cherokee to end all Cherokees with all four turning the Ray Noble classic inside out.










Ray Noble stays on the menu for The Very Thought of You ably sung by Minnie Fraser. David Gray blows trombone in his inimitable manner. Minnie sings Lullaby of Birdland, Gray and Gowland remain on board.
More words, this time, it's Kath Jobes giving out with There Will Never be Another You and Bye Bye Blackbird. I too say 'bye bye'. The Central Station still being closed, I limp across town to catch the 27 at the High Level Bridge.
Guess what? They've only gone and closed the bridge for 'inspection and maintenance' from 10pm-6am and the buses have been diverted! So, rather than wait 7 hours, once again it's a phone call to Budget Taxis...
Photos.
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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