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Bebop Spoken There

Red Nichols: “Bix could do more on one note than any group of 100 cornet players and you can put me at the last.” – (DownBeat August 1937).

Jimmy Cobb: “A lot of places we played in the States weren't ready for Trane's thing. At one club, a woman stood up and yelled at Miles, 'Make him stop.'” – (DownBeat April 2018)

Today Friday March 16


James Harrison Trio - Lit & Phil, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SE. 1:00pm. £5.00.

Giles Strong Trio - Bishop Auckland Town Hall, Market Place, Bishop Auckland Town Hall DL14 7NP. Tel: 03000 269 524. 1:00pm. £5.00.

Rendezvous Jazz - Monkseaton Arms, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. Tel: 0191 251 3928. 1:00pm. Free.

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free.


Julija Jacenaite & Friends - Jazz Café, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 9:00pm. Free.

Rat Pack - Live from Las Vegas @ Sunderland Empire, High St West, Sunderland SR1 3EX. 7:30pm. Featuring Rat Pack Big Band & Burrelli Sisters.

Paul Edis Sextet - Traveller’s Rest, West Auckland Road, Cockerton, Darlington DL3 9ER. 8:30pm. £8.00. Opus 4 Jazz Club.

Washboard Resonators - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

Newcastle University Jazz Orchestra - Kommunity, Market Street, Newcastle NE1 6BH. 7:30pm. ‘End of Term Party’ promoted by NUJO (various performers, some from NUJO).

Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7pm.

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

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Hughie Aitchison – A Tyneside Jazz Trumpet Player

(Review by Russell)
This new CD release is essential listening for anyone with an interest in the history of the Tyneside jazz scene. In due course an informed commentary will, no doubt, be posted by the editor of Bebop Spoken Here. This posting simply serves to flag up the very existence of these recordings made between 1950 - 1983. The focus is on bandleader, trumpeter and trombonist Hughie Aitchison. A hugely respected figure on the scene, Mr Aitchison can be heard in a variety of combos: Stan Wilde and the Wild Cats recorded at Durham Jazz Club in 1950; a Northern Sound Services studio recording with the Bernicia Jazz Band; a 1979 Saratoga Jazzmen session from the Corner House; The High Point Hotel All Stars from 1983.
The cast list contains many familiar names, some deserving of the tag ‘legendary’, some unquestionably influential in the development of post-war jazz in the region. The venues and recording studios may have gone, so too the musicians heard on this recording, what does remain, however, is the music, recorded and preserved either by chance or by design.
Hughie Aitchison’s son, ex-pat trumpet player Colin, is the man responsible for this CD project. The quality of the recordings is variable – this is to be expected given the vintage of these tracks and the circumstances in which they were recorded. The quality of the musicianship shines through with the individual sound of some of the musicians readily identifiable. Franco Valussi, musician, and Steve James of RTHK Radio Hong Kong, provided invaluable assistance to Aitchison in the making of this CD.
Hughie Aitchison (trumpet & trombone), Peter Gascoigne (trumpet & vocals), Fred Rowe (trumpet & cornet); Steve Andrews (clarinet & tenor saxophone),Trevor Johnson (clarinet), Stan Martin (clarinet), Bill Smith (clarinet), Alan Shipley (clarinet); Martin Simon (tenor saxophone), Brian Clark (alto saxophone & clarinet), Jimmy Ruddick (alto saxophone); Ronnie Allen (trombone), Nick Downing (trombone), Ronnie McLean (trombone), Ted Reynolds (trombone), Gordon Solomon (trombone); George Brewis (piano), Brian Fisher (piano), Arthur Robson (piano), Norman Rudd (piano), Howard Swanson (piano), Stan Wilde (piano);  Alan Brown (guitar), Eric Gamblin (guitar), Brian Sibbald (guitar), Roly Veitch (guitar), Billy Waugh (guitar), Roy Willis (guitar); Clem Avery (bass), Ian Heslop (bass), Ray Jobling (bass), George Johnson (bass), Bill Jones (bass), Dougie Richardson (bass), Alan Rudd (bass), Dave Swan (bass); Billy Calboutin (drums), Paul Erwin (drums), Ian Forbes (drums), Eddie Jedsop (drums), Gordon Prudham (drums), Ken Redman (drums), Marshall Walker (drums), Joe Ward (drums); Frank Wappat? (vocals)          

1 comment :


Thanks Lance & Russell.

I still have a few left so If anyone would still like a CD you can contact me at

Colin Aitchison

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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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