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Bebop Spoken There

Dave Gelly: “From 1 January 1920, when prohibition was imposed in the US, people didn’t stop drinking, they just stopped drinking legally.” – (Jazz Journal October 2017).

Regina Carter: “When I was a teenager, I would daydream about going out on a date and dancing to Ella’s music.” (Down Beat October 2017).

Today Thursday November 23

Afternoon
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Rd., nr. Newcastle NE27 0DA. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening.
Maine Street Jazzmen - Potter’s Wheel, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5EE.

Group Theory - The Globe. 7:30pm. £5.00. Superb Durham University quartet. Dan Garel (alto), Tom Burgess (guitar), Dylan Purches (double bass) & Tristan Bacon (drums).

BABMUS - Jazz Café, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8:00pm. £3.00. (£2.00. concs.).

TBA – Railway, Wellington St., Gateshead. 8pm.

Tees Hot Club w. Kevin Eland (trumpet); Josh Bentham (sax); Ted Pearce (keys) - Dorman’s, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. 9:00pm. Free.

Skidoo 52: The Joint Is Jumpin’ - Boldron Village Hall, County Durham DL12 9RN. 01833 638210. 7:30pm. £9.00. adult, £20.00. family.

New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton TS18 4AW. 8:30pm.01642 678129.

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

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Tango Jazz Quartet @ The Globe - August 29

Gustavo Firmenich (sax & clarinet), Horacio Acosta (piano), Federico Hilal (bass) & Alejandro Beelmann (drums) + Debra Milne (vocal).
(Review by Lance).
Undoubtedly a first for the Jazz Coop and the Globe - an Argentinian Tango Jazz Quartet! I had initial reservations - I didn't know what to expect. Deliberately, I didn't YouTube them, I wanted to, hopefully, experience the 'Sound of Surprise' which is so often lacking in jazz today.
It wasn't lacking tonight - there were surprises galore!
Earlier in the day, the band had played a 'Milonga' that had tango dancers displaying their technique - and more - in the downstairs bar. (see separate review).
Several of those at the Milonga, lingered longer for the evening gig and I don't think they regretted it.
I'm not going to attempt to name titles - Firmenich's English is only slightly better than my Senegalese - but, music being an international language, - it didn't matter too much.
As someone who regarded the Tango as the squarest (slight pun in there) of all the South American dances - Bossa Nova, Mambo, Rhumba, Samba etc - I was quite amazed at just how great a groove this was! The band could be swinging, rocking, funking, jazzing or whatever, that tango rhythm was embedded in it all
Firmenich blows fruity tenor. Raspy, cutting edge, the man's got 12 fingers. Clarinet's the same. Croaky, throaty, plenty of glissando, Pee Wee lives! You want to learn jazz clarinet ? head for Buenos Aires!
On piano, Acosta varied from Jarrett-like intensity to an almost Debussyesque pastoral mode. But that was the charm of this unique band. Rarely did the tempo remain constant with mood swings aplenty! 
These senors are tension building maestros
Hilal played 6 string bass with a rare fluidity whilst Beelman incorporated the tango rhythm into the contemporary jazz/rock/fusion beat.
There was also a similar situation to the Louis Stewart story and the passing police car. On this occasion, it was an ambulance siren that was wailing. Firmenich didn't let it phase him simply holding the note until the siren faded. He hoped it wasn't for anyone present!
There was a surprise ending to the first set - a couple of numbers from our own Debra Milne!
Debra's O Level Spanish held her in good stead on Por Una Cabeza although I'd have preferred What a Difference a Day Made to be sung as Cuando Vuelva A Tu Lado!
The ground floor bar was crowded and the Wylam Gold Tankard went down a treat.
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.
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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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