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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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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.

Saturday, October 01, 2016

James Harrison Trio @ The Lit &Phil - September 30

James Harrison (piano); Anthony Ord (bass guitar); Tom Chapman (drums) + 
David Gray (trombone on 2 numbers)
(Review by Ann Alex/Photo courtesy of Brian Ebatson).
Went to Newcastle to collect new shoes that I’d ordered and somehow ended up at this brilliant gig! Not sure how that happened, but no regrets, as mon amie Edith once said.
Smart dark suits and open-necked shirts (why should only women’s clothes be mentioned), James introduced the band over the opening music, which was exciting from the start, Strasbourg St Denis, very danceable rhythms, all equal partners in this band with the drummer doing well up there with a solo, and the tune ending in what sounded like the middle, to my inexperienced ears. There followed a complete contrast, the gentle swing of Our Love Is Here To Stay with smooth brushes on drums, and I could hardly stop myself singing, so the lads had a lucky escape there!
Obsession featured hand drumming and long runs on cymbals, and on St James Infirmary the piano was played low down, heavy strong blues, then up steps a trombone from the audience, playing what I’d call warm tones. After an entrancingly quiet piano solo for Pure Imagination, there was He Has Made Me Glad with a bass solo and a long ending on piano which kept the audience guessing when it would actually end, great fun.  My Favourite Things was performed as per Harrison’s arrangement done in the West End no less, slow then fast, great stuff! (I hate this tune as much as Lance hates Summertime, but loved it today as a jazz number).  Blue Bossa , solos for all, with the piano doing insistent riffs during the other solos, an effect I love, a swinging Cheek To Cheek then the finale, Caravan, all stops out, trombone as well, all soloed and piano and trombone did a cheeky call and response with 4’s (2’s?), setting each other up wonderfully. The explanatory programme notes were a bonus, the list of tunes especially useful to BSH. The last tune listed was Sister Sadie but she didn’t appear, so I look forward to hearing her the next time the band plays, as I want to be there.
The future of jazz is definitely safe AND exciting in their hands.
Ann Alex

2 comments :

James Harrison (on f/b) said...

As much as Lance hates Summertime... now that's saying something!

Lance said...

Everybody's got me wrong on this! I loved Summertime for the first zillion times I heard it then I began to cringe as each and everyone made it part of their repertoire. So James, how's about the next gig I catch you at you play My Favourite Things with the left hand and Summertime with the right hand? - Or vice versa!

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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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