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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.

Friday, May 05, 2017

From Cullercoats to Copacabana - The Gala Big Band @ The Gala Theatre, Durham.

(Review by Jerry)
I don’t like to see a gig go unreported but I’m currently pressed for time so, apologies to all – this will be brief indeed.
A good crowd at this lovely theatre was entertained by 15 numbers including solo piano – English Country Garden, a quintet take on Satin Doll and vocals on Moondance – with Alex Kennedy, the drummer, at the mic’ while Paul Edis, the MD caressed the drums! Different!
Either side of these variations we had a more typical big band selection with favourites such as The Power of Love, Gershwin’s Embraceable You and the tricky, frenetic Catch as Catch Can, which the band negotiated with aplomb!
In the second set we had All of Me, Come Sunday and back to back Glenn Miller with String of Pearls and Moonlight Serenade. Apologies to the “jazz police” but we loved it. Back on safer jazz ground, Lil’ Darlin’ was followed by an up-tempo, up-volume finish with Mercy, Mercy, Mercy and, by way of an encore (we shouted loudly enough!), One O’Clock Jump.
Seasoning the familiar were three Edis’ originals, a slow ballad, When All Is Said and Done (“Way sad”), the stomping, vaguely rockish, Techtonic and a bossa nova entitled The Coast (which its composer liked to think Jobim might have written had he lived in Tynemouth!). All very good.
The MD, rightly praising his musicians, said that: “With every gig the standard gets better and better”. No-one in the audience would disagree – nor would I and I have seen pretty much all of their gigs since they were founded circa 2015. Great stuff!
Jerry.

2 comments :

  1. 'Ello!'Ello!Ello! PC Plod here. I 'ave reason to believe that on or about the 3rd May a big band in Durham played not one but two Glenn Miller tunes. Further more, it has been reported that a piano player atempted to play drums in a public place. It is an offence to impersonate a drummer and if you have any information about this incident please call the Jazz Police.

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    1. I ham advised by my brief to say: "no comment".

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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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