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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.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Paul Skerritt/James Harrison @ The Jazz Café - October 14.

Paul Skerritt (vcl); James Harrison (pno).
(Review by Lance).
If Morecambe and Wise had been jazz musicians they may have sounded like tonight's pairing - with the notes, more or less, in the right order.
They have fun and music should be about fun and not about watching paint dry as a gentleman who shall remain nameless commented about a recent gig he'd attended.

No paint watching last night! Lots of slapstick comedy betwixt the duo but rarely at a detriment to the music. Skerritt, in the midst of a bout of laryngitis, occasionally struggled with the upper range but it was rarely noticeable and, pro that he is, carried it off well - no doubt high on Fisherman's Friend or Victory V lozenges. Harrison, the most talented extrovert on the scene, is never short of a phrase to fit the occasion, celebrated my departure with a chorus of The Wheels on the Bus go Round and Round!
However, before that we had;  Putting on the Ritz; If I Had You; L-o-v-e; Curtis Stiger's Hooray For Love; I'm Beginning to See the Light; Almost Like Being in Love; an incredible version of Taylor Swift's Shake it Off which had Harrison playing stride/ragtime piano! Cheek to Cheek; All About the Bass (with a keyboard bass solo by Harrison on the Nord 2 that many a bass player would have been proud of! The set concluded with Michael Jackson's The Way You Make me Feel.
Glasses recharged and it seems as though Each day is Valentine's Day - unfortunately (Thank God Val Day isn't in the Summertime!) Having said that, this was as good a version of this overworked tune that you're going to hear.
Gregory Porter's Take me to the Alley had a sombre message with a ray of hope. Not sure what to make of it will have to check out the lyric. Skerritt sung it well. Ain't no Sunshine; an uptempo What a Wonderful World, Don't Get Around Much Anymore and Sway brought my evening to a close.
A splendid session with lots of hokum mixed in with some fine singing and playing.
I'd have stayed longer but, the wheels on the bus (or in this case, the Metro) do go round and round..,
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.
The idea of this blog is for you to share your thoughts and pass on your comments on discs, gigs, jazz - music in general. If you've been to a gig/concert or heard a CD that knocked you sideways please share your views with us. Tell us about your favourites, your memories, your dislikes.
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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