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Bebop Spoken There

Jackie McLean: “I can't understand British audiences. In Britain there doesn't seem to be any curiosity." (Melody Maker, April 1, 1961).

Charles Mingus: "It seems to me that if our records were not issued in Britain, the British cats would have to think for themselves" (Jazz News, July 26th 1961)

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Today Wednesday July 26

Afternoon
Vieux Carre Jazzmen - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
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Evening.
Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. £1. 8pm.
Jo Harrop & Joel Byrne McCullough - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 2AE. 7:30pm. No cover charge. 7:30pm. 0191 2399924
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Village Hall Gang - Springwell Community Venue, Fell Rd., Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:220pm. £3.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club - April 17

(Review/Photos by Russell).
Easter Monday. Cullercoats. A pint of Consett Brewery’s Last Tap…not quite. ‘It’s off, finished’ said the barman pulling a lifeless hand-pull on the bar at Cullercoats Crescent Club. Make it a pint of the Darwin Original. If it’s Monday lunchtime it must be Cullercoats Crescent Club. For as long as Jazz in the Afternoon regulars can remember it’s been this way. In the dark recesses of BSH’s (fading!) memory bank, Jazz in the Afternoon first made a jazz sound at the Wooden Doll pub perched high above North Shields Fish Quay. A change of venue perhaps, the session retains that much sought after commodity…a full house.

Prosaic as JITA may be, nevertheless it does what it says on the tin - the one marked JAZZ. A pint, or a coffee, a cheese toastie, what more could any jazz fan want? The house band – Brian Chester (piano and trombone), Derek Fleck (clarinet and tenor saxophone), John Carstairs Hallam (double bass) and Ollie Rillands (drums and vocals) – played a few opening numbers before inviting a few friends to join them. Just a Closer Walk with Thee to start proceedings. Derek Fleck, comfortably seated/slumped in front of the band, suggested it was an appropriate number considering the time of year. During the afternoon Fleck made, for the most part, inaudible announcements, content to blow some laid back tenor and clarinet.
First up to join the boys was the redoubtable Mr Lawrence McBriarty – a man who likes a pint, and a man who knows just about every tune in the book. Later McBriarty would be joined by pianist Mr Brian Chester, making it two trombones – safe in numbers – when welcoming the participation of a Cajun band. Your reviewer had been tipped the wink. Cajun? Folkie-ish, squeezebox stuff, penny whistle, acoustic guitar, lots of jigging about. If you think BSH’s reviewer travelled to Cullercoats to be, er…’entertained’ by a bunch of…

Back to the jazz…John Broddle sang I’ll See You in My Dreams. Excellent, the highlight of the day! Another highlight, always a highlight, the Queen of Cullercoats, Teresa Armstrong sang a couple of tunes – After You’ve Gone and Almost Like Being in Love. Trumpeter Miles Watson got up to hide behind a pillar as the band played Baby Won’t You Please Come Home, Roy Gibson took a spell. The wizard of the keyboards looked bemused – or was it amused? – as he accompanied the Cajun boys. The man at the back, Mr John Carstairs Hallam, took it all in his double bass stride. It should be noted that Ollie Rillands’ Route 66 routine had ‘em up dancing. One assumes the establishment has a valid licence for such goings on. Mr Harry Stephenson was in the house, and, in due course, he got up to blow a mean clarinet.
Jazz in the Afternoon, every Monday afternoon, 1:00pm, free admission, do purchase a raffle ticket
Russell.
Jazz in the Afternoon: Brian Chester (keyboards & trombone), Derek Fleck (clarinet & tenor), John Carstairs Hallam (double bass) & Ollie ’Route 66’ Rillands (drums & vocals) + guests – John Broddle (vocals), Teresa Armstrong (vocals), Lawrence McBriarty (trombone), Miles Watson (trumpet), Roy Gibson (keyboards), Harry Stephenson (clarinet) & the Cajun boys              

2 comments :

  1. I WAS THERE, I DID NOT SEE YOU!!RAYMOND NEWTON

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  2. Russell is our undercover reporter. Blends into the background - despite his check shirt - making notes, taking photos, giving us the lowdown on the goings-on at the coast.
    He could tell us more but the lawyers took out an injunction otherwise...

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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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