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Bebop Spoken There

Bob Dawbarn (review of Joe Harriott's LP 'Free Form'): "Both horns scream and roar away, Keane at times doing a pretty fair imitation of an elephant angry with its keeper." - (Melody Maker, December 16, 1961).

Steve Race: "The non-musician critic knows how music ought to sound. But he cannot possibly know how it feels to create it. He is in the position of the marriage guidance counsellor who has never been married." – (Jazz News, June 6th 1962).

Archives.

Today Thursday July 27

Afternoon
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Rd., nr. Newcastle NE27 0DA. 1:oopm. Free.
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Tyne Valley Jazzmen - No 1 Champagne Bar, 1 Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL4 7 NJ 12:30pm. Free.
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Evening.
Strictly Smokin' Big Band - The Millstone, Haddricks Mill Rd., South Gosforth NE3 3DB. 7pm. Cancelled for pub refurbishment. Back August 31.
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Alter Ego - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8pm. £5.
Jo Harrop & Paul Edis - The Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm
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Maine Street Jazzmen - Potter's Wheel, Sunniside NE16 5EE, 8:30pm. Free.
Ray Johnson & Richard Herdman - Prohibition Bar, Arch 3, Brandling St., Gateshead NE2 2BA. 8pm. Free.
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Paul Skerritt Band - The Pennyweight, Bakehouse Hill, Darlington DL1 5QA. 9pm. Free.
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Tees Hot Club w. Kevin Eland (tpt); Donna Hewitt (alto); Graham Thompson (keys); Mark Hawkins (drums) - Dormans, Oxford Rd., Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Free. 9pm.
Pocket Jazz Orchestra "Jazz & Tapas" - No 60, Arc, Dovecote St., Stockton TS18 1LL 7pm. £10.
New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton TS18 4AW. 8:30pm.01642 678129.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Jo Harrop With The Paul Edis Trio @ Gala Theatre Durham – September 9.

Jo Harrop (vocals); Paul Edis (piano); Andy Champion (bass); Russ Morgan (drums)
(Review/photos by Brian Ebbatson)
Fresh from her August dates at Soho’s Pizza Express Jo Harrop’s next stop was to a packed audience of over 100 to open the Gala’s Autumn Lunchtime Jazz series. Clearly, Jo loves playing to North East audiences and they love her too, particularly the good people of her home village, Great Lumley, who ensured this gig was sold out well in advance – to the chagrin of many Gala Lunchtime regulars who couldn’t get tickets.
With a top quality trio in support Jo featured a range of numbers from her Peggy Lee and Billie Holiday “Great Torch Songs” Pizza Express programme, as well as a choice of favourite standards which enabled her to demonstrate the range and rich tones of her voice, as well as her skilful interpretation of ballads and swing on upbeat numbers.
Opening with Jimmy McHugh “I Can’t Give You Anything But Love”, she immediately had the audience with her. This was followed by Ellington’s “All Too Soon”, a Peggy Lee tribute with “Why Don’t You Do Right”, Cole Porter’s “Get Out of Town”, then Billie Holiday’s “Fine and Mellow”.

The band too were enjoying themselves with inventive support and enterprising solos from Paul Edis on keyboard, Andy Champion on bass and Russ Morgan on drums, magnificently complementing Jo’s singing and making for great ensemble playing.

Later numbers included “Just One of Those Things” as a tribute to Ella, the ballads “Besame Mucho” and “I Fall in Love too Easily”, then a favourite of mine, Kurt Weill’s “My Ship”, followed by a breakneck rendition of “Tea for Two” with a searing piano solo from Paul and explosive drums from Russ.

Finishing with Billy Taylor’s “I Wish I Knew How It Felt to be Free” she had the audience cheering and asking for more.  As one of the audience said as she left “I don’t know how I stayed in my seat. I just wanted to get up and dance”. Not quite the staid response you’d expect of a Lunchtime Concert!

When Jo Harrop is next back on her home turf, get your tickets well in advance!
Brian Ebbatson.
Photos.
Footnote from Russell.
Next month’s lunchtime offering features Sue Ferris. The date for your diary is Friday 14 October. It’s a one o’clock start, admission £4.00. Sue Ferris, one of our finest woodwind players (baritone, tenor, flute) will be working with her regular quintet line-up featuring a well-known figure on the scene – Mr Graham Hardy, trumpet and flugelhorn. Tony Eales tells me he witnessed dozens of disappointed people being turned away at the Jo Harrop gig and Gala box office staff fielded numerous calls from those hoping – in vain – to book tickets. The best advice is to book now for Sue Ferris’ concert. Telephone 0300 0262 626.    

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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.)
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