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14375 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 14 years ago. 594 of them this year alone and, so far, 94 this month (June 26).

From This Moment On ...

July

Fri 01: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 01: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 01: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 01: Swing Manouche @ The Vault, Hexham. 7:30pm (doors). £20.00.
Fri 01: 1920s Speakeasy w Niffi Osiyemi Trio @ The Exchange, North Shields. 8:00pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Fri 01: Struggle Buggy @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. Blind Pig Blues Club. 8:00pm.

Sat 02: Hot Fingers @ St Augustine’s Parish Centre, Darlington. 12:30pm. £10.00.
Sat 02: Play Jazz! workshop @ The Globe, Newcastle. 1:30pm. Tutor Steve Glendinning: Latin jazz. £25.00. Enrol at: www.jazz.coop.
Sat 02: Talk: Storytelling & jazz as an expression of urban life @ The Exchange, North Shields. 1:45pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Sat 02: The Commandments + On Parole @ The Exchange, North Shields. 2:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event. Rhythm & blues.
Sat 02: Geordie Jazz Man @ The Exchange, North Shields. 5:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event. Screening of Abi Lewis’ documentary film about Keith Crombie & the Jazz Café.
Sat 02: The Delta Prophets Trio @ The Exchange, North Shields. 6:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event. Rhythm & blues.
Sat 02: Swing Manouche @ Claypath Deli, Durham. 7:00pm.
Sat 02: Swung Eight & King Bees @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event. Swing dance + ace Chicago blues band.
Sat 02: Tyne Valley Big Band @ Greenside Community Centre, Ryton. 7:30pm.
Sat 02: Patrick Cromb @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sun 03 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 03: Smokin’ Spitfires @ The Cluny, Newcastle. 12:45pm.
Sun 03: Ruth Lambert & Martin Craggs @ The Exchange, North Shields. 2:00pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Sun 03: Abbie Finn Trio @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Sun 03: Wild Women of Wylam @ The Exchange, North Shields. 4:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Sun 03: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 5:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Sun 03: Jazz Jam @ The Exchange, North Shields. 6:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Sun 03: Jeffrey Hewer Quartet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 04: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Wed 06: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 06: Michael Bublé @ Durham County Cricket Club, Chester le Street. Doors: 5:00pm.
Wed 06: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 06: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 06: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 07: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 07: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library. 3:00-5:00pm. £1.00. All welcome.
Thu 07: Lara Jones + Echo Juliet @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 7:00pm.
Thu 07: Thursday Night Prayer Meeting @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free admission (donations).
Thu 07: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 07: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Monday, November 07, 2016

Q&A with the Cookers’ David Weiss

(Interview by Russell)
Hi David: The Cookers played the Gateshead International Jazz Festival in April 2015. To this day the concert is remembered by many as their highlight of the year. This month the band is on a short tour of the UK calling at Sage Gateshead on November 14 with two changes to the previous line-up – Craig Handy replacing Jaleel Shaw and Danny Grissett depping for George Cables. Are these changes temporary?

Actually, Jaleel Shaw was subbing for regular band member Donald Harrison on that tour. Craig Handy was actually the original alto sax player of this incarnation of The Cookers and is rejoining us for this tour. Donald Harrison is the alto saxophonist in The Cookers. These other changes were just temporary. Danny Grissett is subbing for George Cables on this tour. George, unfortunately, has some minor health issues that won't allow him to fly for a while so Danny is replacing him for this tour. Danny has subbed for George before in the summer of 2015 but this is just a temporary change for this tour.
Jaleel made a great impression at Gateshead both for his alto playing and his impassioned words about the then desperate situation of killings on the streets of America. Looking at the matter from this side of the pond it seems like nothing has changed. Are you inclined to address the issue on this tour?
I'm not sure we will verbally address this issue at any time but the music these great men play is informed and imbued by these realities of living in America for the past 70-80 years of their lives. It's a part of them as anything I guess and therefore part of who they are and part of the music they make. 

On a lighter note, what’s Jaleel up to these days?

I believe Jaleel is on tour with the great Buster Williams in Europe at the moment

And Mr Cables?

George is home resting and recovering. He will be fine but he needs to rest for a while. We hope he will be well enough to go to South America with us at the end of the month. In the meantime, he will be performing at the Village Vanguard the week of his birthday in a couple of weeks.

Born and bred in New York, you left the jazz capital of the world to further your studies in Texas. Did you intend to return to New York or were other options open to you?

When I was ready to go to college to study music and jazz in particular, there weren't nearly the options there were now so North Texas State was one of the better options available at the time. My intention was always to return to New York and I visited often while still in school. I left for New York maybe a day or two after I graduated. 

You have worked with many of the great names of the music – Freddie Hubbard, Bobby Hutcherson, Jimmy Heath, the list goes on. This must have been a jazz education – on the stand and in the studio?

It was always an education to be near these great musicians whether in the studio or on the bandstand or on the train with them or on the phone with them. Their experience, knowledge and approach to their craft was invaluable to me and helped shape who I am as a musician. 

You founded the New Jazz Composers Octet. Was funding available to establish the idea or did you simply make a few calls and get on with it?

There was no funding whatsoever. This is the norm in the US unfortunately. I heard all the musicians around New York and made calls and had many rehearsals and figured things out as we went along. At first, it was intended to just be a composer’s workshop so that these guys I thought had great potential as composers could work out their ideas. Later, we decided to do some gigs and record and later, we got the opportunity to work with Freddie Hubbard. 

The Cookers is a band of bop masters. Looking back, when did you first get the idea that an all star band could be a viable recording and touring project?

Like everything, you have the idea first, get a gig and then decide whether this is something to pursue or not. Even after you make a decision to pursue something, you still don't know if it will work and have no idea what you are in store for, whether the band will have legs or not, record and tour or not or work with the personnel you started with or whether changes will be made. It's always a journey where you really have no idea how it will all turn out. I'm thrilled with how this band has turned out of course. I still hope the guys in the band will get more recognition though. Recognition I think they greatly deserve. I think things might be a little more difficult these days. There are a lot of bands out here. It's a buyers market and even if you distinguish yourself like I think The Cookers have. It's still a bit of a battle to keep the band out here active and touring. I'm always willing to fight for things that are well worth it though.

Thankfully, the band goes from strength to strength. Will we hear some new material on the tour and will you be bringing a truckload of CDs with you?

Yes, some of the tunes on the new CD have worked their way into the book and are performed every night. We do tour with as many CDs as we can carry. No truck unfortunately ;)

Many thanks for taking the time to speak to Bebop Spoken Here, we are looking forward to your Gateshead performance on November 14.

Russell/David.

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