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Bebop Spoken There

Don Rendell: "It was about the time that the organ-type piano attachment - the clavioline - was invented. And the poster billing at one place where we played up north announced proudly, but erroneously: "The Johnny Dankworth Seven, featuring Frank Holder and the cleolaine" " - (www.jazzprofessional.com, December 2001).

Mary Lou Williams: “...it was discovered I possessed perfect pitch. Rumour of this oddity spread throughout the school, and pupils would drop pots and pans and other loud objects, asking 'What note, Mary?' (Melody Maker, 1954).

Today Sunday May 27

Afternoon

Musicians Unlimited - Park Inn, Park Road, Hartlepool TS26 9HU. Tel: 01429 233126. 12 noon. Free.

More Jam - The Globe, 11 Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 3:00pm. Free.

George Shovlin & the Radars - Tyne Bar, Maling St, Newcastle NE6 1LP. 3:00pm. Free.

Somethin’ Blue - Vesuvio, 3a Houndgate, Darlington DL1 5RL. 5:00pm. Tel: 01325 788564. Matt Case (saxophone) & Mike Hepple (guitar).

Evening

Bradley Johnston - Fire Station, High Street West, Sunderland SR1 3DT. Tel: 0191 594 7241. 6:00pm. Free.

Zoë Gilby: Pannonica - Quakerhouse, Mechanics’ Yard, Darlington DL3 7QF. 6:00pm. £5.00.

Redemption - The Exchange, Howard Street, North Shields NE30 1SE. 6:30pm.

Joe Shier - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson Street, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 8:30pm. Free.

Boys of Brass - The Tannery, Gilesgate, Hexham NE46 3QD. 7:30pm.

Jazz Jam - Empty Shop, 35c Framwellgate Bridge, Durham DH1 4SJ. 7:30pm. Free. DurhamUniversityJazz Society.

To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Monday, May 15, 2017

The Jazztones @ The Quakerhouse, Darlington - May14














Shaune Eland (trumpet), Alan Thompson (tenor saxophone), Steve McGarvie (keyboards & soprano saxophone), Alan Smith (bass) & Stephen Fletcher (drums) + Beth Roberts (alto saxophone) & Ted Pearce (keyboards)
(Review by Russell)
Blues for Duane, One Mint Julep, Bernie’s Tune, three gems for starters. The Jazztones returned to play another set at the Quakerhouse, the de facto HQ of the long-running Darlington Jazz Club. The Mechanics’ Yard pub hosts regular gigs – blues, rock, and, twice a month, jazz. A six o’clock start attracts listeners and performers across the age spectrum – teenagers to octogenarians. An illustration of this early evening gig policy presented an established small group (the Jazztones) a been-there-done-that musician invited to sit in (pianist Mr Ted Pearce), and star of the future, Ms Beth Roberts playing alto saxophone.

Black Orpheus and Comin’ Home Baby rounded off a first set of relaxed jazz. Trumpeter Shaune Eland and Alan Thompson (tenor saxophone) exchanged leisurely solos supported by pianist and occasional soprano saxophonist Steve McGarvie, depping bassist Alan Smith, and award winning drummer Stephen Fletcher. The set highlight (hopefully the guys in the band won’t take offence!) featured Beth Roberts on Tadd Dameron’s Lady Bird. Standing her ground between the frontline duo of Eland and Thompson, the young altoist continues to find something in the tune, finding her way around it with increasing confidence. Roberts departed to resume door duties and organise the all important raffle!

The Jazztones’ second set spanned the generations – the quintet firing on Lee Morgan’s Tom Cat, veteran Pearce joining the band on Out of Nowhere (McGarvie on soprano), and the return of Beth Roberts to play Blue Bossa (Eland content to leave the stage to the young altoist). Darlington Jazz Club’s year round sessions present numerous regional musicians and occasional out-of-towners. A procession of emerging musicians gigged at the Quakerhouse (and other venues) including Square One guitarist Joe Williamson, Will Howard, reeds, Leeds College of Music undergraduate drummer Abbie Finn (heard recently at the Quakerhouse), and the Bakers (Amy, the Jazztones’ regular bass player and brother Alex, reeds). To close the Jazztones’ set Beth Roberts rejoined the band to play Freddie Hubbard’s Red Clay. Our altoist took a first solo, laying down a marker. Eland, Thompson and co did their best to keep up. The next Darlington Jazz Club gig is a young musicians’ jam night at the Quakerhouse on Sunday 28 May. Six o’clock start, recommended. 
Russell.

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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.
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