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Bebop Spoken There

Frank Zappa: "There was so much acid during the '60s that it was very easy for large numbers of people to think they had seen God as soon as the Beatles went boom, boom, boom, you know?." - (DownBeat May 18, 1978). – (DownBeat May 18, 1978).

Ryan Keberle: “Don't be easy on yourself when it comes to playing with perfect intonation. All other instruments will be playing with close-to-perfect intonation; the same should be expected of trombonists.'” – (DownBeat April 2018)

Today Thursday March 22


Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Road, Holystone NE27 0DA. Tel: 266 6173. 1:00pm. Free.

Higher Education & Research Presents: Future Grooves - Sage Gateshead. 12 noon. £5.00. Showcase performances by BMus & BA degree course students featuring jazz and non-jazz sets.

Tees Valley Jazzmen - White Horse Hotel, Burtree Lane, Harrowgate Hill, Darlington DL1 3AD. Tel: 01325 463262. 1:30pm. Free.


MGB: Milne Glendinning Band - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £5.00. Milne, Glendinning, Katy Trigger (bass) & Nik Alevroyiannis (drums).

BABMUS @ Jazz Café, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8:00pm. £3.00. (£2.00. students/MU).

Rob Heron & the Tea Pad Orchestra - St Cuthbert’s Centre, Church Hill, Crook DL15 9DN. Tel: 01388 765002. 7:30pm. £7.50., £5.00. child, £20.00. family.

Higher Education & Research Presents: Future Grooves - Sage Gateshead. 7:30pm. £5.00. Showcase performances by BMus & BA degree course students featuring jazz and non-jazz sets.

Ada Francis & the Italic Quartet - Las Iguanas, Grey Street, Newcastle NE1 6AF. Tel: 0191 232 9729. 7:30pm. Fortnightly restaurant residency. Line-up: Ada Francis (vocals); Jimmy Jefford (tenor saxophone); Ben Richardson (piano); Luke Gaul (bass) & Harry Still (drums).

New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees TS18 4AW. 8:30pm.

Maine Street Jazzmen - Potter’s Wheel, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5EE. Tel: 0191 488 8068. 8:30pm. Free.

Tees Hot Club w. Gus Smith (vocal); Richie Emmerson (tenor); Bruce Taylor (keys) - Dorman’s Club, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Tel: 01642 823813. 9pm. Free.

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

Monday, July 11, 2016

Jazz In The Afternoon - Crescent Club, Cullercoats. July 11

(Review by Lance).
July = Wimbledon, The Tour de France and the Hong Kong invasion. Murray's won Wimbledon, Froome's looking good in Le Tour and the Hong Kong/Italian axis have conquered north east England!
As you will have gathered from the previous post, Blaydon happily surrendered and, this afternoon, Cullercoats too welcomed the invaders, The audience, many of whom, I'm sure, served in the Home Guard or the Land Army in the second (or was it the first?) World War, loved it. It may well have been the First World War as everyone seemed to know the words to It's a Long Way to Tipperary and Pack up Your Troubles in Your Old Kitbag  when Sarony and Broddle did their Flanagan and Allen routine.
The house quartet got things rolling with Lover Come Back to me followed by Acker Fleck playing Stranger on the Shore.
The Italian contingent of Pellini and Valussi and, our Man in Hong Kong - Colin Aitchison - took to the stage, disregarded the calendar, and played Sunday even though it was Monday proving that music is timeless. Colin took the vocal and played what can only be described as 'hot trumpet' Chet Baker's never darkened Colin's door although maybe the former Ellington trumpet man Harold Baker has. His dad would have liked to think so! 
Valussi we remembered from last year (as well as the hilarious account of his birthday earlier this year) and his Goodmanesque clarinet playing is outstanding for 364 days of the year. Pellini has a big big sound that reminded me of Ike Quebec. That full tone came to the fore again when Colin and Red took Lazy River to Wallsend and back.
John Broddle, the poor man's Bing Sinatra, threatened to See me in my dreams  but, instead, went Underneath the Arches with Sarony. Who said that 'vaudeville is dead?' it is now!
The delightful Teresa sang It had to be You. I thought she was singing to me but, after the raffle ticket she sold me turned out to be a dud, I realised she wasn't. Sometimes I'm Happy brought the set to a close and, although I didn't win the raffle, the kiss and the cuddle from Teresa made me feel as though I had!
Colin Aitchison, apart from his regular gig at Ned Kelly's in Kowloon, also has a radio show on RTHK - Vintage Chart Toppers. The first series has just finished but there is a second series in the offing and, guess what? yours truly has been interviewed! Watch this space...
Back on the stand drummer Rillands took the mic. Roy Gibson the keys and we had a whole lot of shakin' going on!
The ladies were letting it all hang out on the dance floor and I'm sure it was just coincidence that Red Pellini suddenly remembered he had to catch a flight back to Rome this very afternoon!
Miles Watson, he of the Jazz Esquires, sang and played The Darktown Strutters Ball - no politically correct protests made! He stayed on stage and Colin and he had a good old blast on one of those good old good ones they both excel on.
It was a great afternoon and, if I've concentrated too much on the guests, I Apologise. The house band were brilliant. Chester on piano, later, dusted off his trombone and blew some nice things. Smoother, more modern than is his norm.
Fleck matched his fellow reedmen whilst Rillands and Hallam were right there on the money.
If you do like to be beside the seaside then this is the place. Fish and Chips, Icecream and Kiss Me Quick hats outside and great music inside.
PS: The Kiss Me Quick Hats, I'm told, are now more explicit!
Derek Fleck (ten/clt); Brian Chester (pno/tmb); John Hallam (bs); Ollie Rillands (dms/vcl) + Colin Aitchison (tpt/vcl); Red Pellini (ten); Franco Valussi (clt); Neville Sarony (vcl); Miles Watson (tpt/vcl); Teresa Armstrong (vcl); Roy Gibson (pno); John Broddle (vcl).

1 comment :

J WILSON said...

I wish I could have been there! Next time maybe Colin? Janice x

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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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