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Bebop Spoken There

Dennis Lichtman: "You can be as nerdy and intricate as you want. But if the rhythm section is thumping, any schmo can walk in off the street and be moved by it." - (DownBeat, December 2018).

Today Thursday November 15

Afternoon

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Rd., Holystone NE27 0DA. Tel: 0191 266 6173. 1:00pm. Free.

Shoeshop Quartet - King’s Hall, Armstrong Building, Newcastle University NE1 7RU. 1:10pm. Free.

Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society - Gateshead Central Library, Prince Consort Rd., Gateshead NE8 4LN. 5:00pm. Fortnightly meeting.

Evening

Alan Glen Trio - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £6.00. & £3.00.

Paul Skerritt & James Harrison - Black Swan Bar, Newcastle Arts Centre, Westgate Rd., Newcastle NE1 1SG. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 8:00pm. Free.

Maine St. Jazzmen - Sunniside Social Club, Holywell Lane, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5NJ. 8:30pm. Free. Sitters in welcome!

New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees TS18 4AW. 8:30pm.

Radio Pensicola Band - Dormans Club, Oxford Rd., Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Tel: 01642 823813. 9pm. Free. Music from the '20s to the '40s w. Kevin Eland (tpt); Dave Archbold (keys); Ron Smith (bs); Django; Donna Hewitt (sax); Mark Hawkins (dms).

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

Monday, May 21, 2018

The Bud Plus: Budtet @ The Globe Jazz Bar - May 20

Stu Finden (tenor); Fiona Finden (sop/vocal); Jude Murphy (alto/flute/vocal); Dave Weisser (cornet/vocal); Lin Lee Wong (piano); Andrew 'Drew' Porritt (bass); Eric Stutt (drums).
(Review by Lance).
Budtet's guitarist didn't make the gig. Understandable as Budtet were a last-minute replacement after the all-girl Break Out Brass Band pulled out. So the octet became a septet albeit, like the band they were depping for, still with a strong - if not total - female presence.
The plus factor did remain with the addition of the legendary Dave Weisser playing muted cornet and singing in his inimitable way.
However, the star of the evening was the departing keyboard player, Lin Lee Wong. Ms Wong will be missed by both band and audience. Her final chorus on A Train a timely reminder of what we're losing.
The additional voice that Weisser's cornet brought filled out the front line giving Boplicity an ensemble sound that rivalled the original Miles Davis' Birth of the Cool recording.
The opening number, Hank Mobley's This I Dig of You had set the stall out with solos all round - a pattern that followed for all the instrumental numbers. Initially, the balance wasn't perfect - the sound engineer had phoned in sick - but it smoothed out as the evening progressed and my ears adjusted to the room's acoustics.
Weisser sang On Green Dolphin St, complete with unaccompanied verse. This was Dave in Mark Murphy mode. Later, he took on the role of Eddie Jefferson for Annie Ross' famous vocalese version of Wardell Gray's Twisted - unravel that one if you can.
Groovin' High was pure bebop with everyone diggin' deep. Fi Finden sang Quiet Nights. It was ok given that I think bossa novas are now mucho passé. More to my taste was You Go To My Head which, apart from Fi's fine vocal, had a sooper dooper solo from Lin Lee.
Dave, Jude and Fiona formed a vocal trio for Route 66 that took a few detours.
A Dave Weisser gig invariably includes a tale and tonight's story was of him driving to California (on Route 66) in a beat-up automobile that eventually burnt-out in San Bernadino. It was New Year's Eve and he ended up getting drunk in San Berdoo!
Jude went solo for Nick Drake's River Man, the band played All the Things You Are, Fiona sang Wes' Four on Six and the show drew to an emotional climax with the aforementioned A Train.
It had been an enjoyable evening all of the soloists impressing, Eric Stutt's drums as punchy as ever, Drew's bass providing the vital linchpin whilst Lin Lee's injections into his solos were both humourous and effective. Apart from her too few vocals, Jude stood out on flute and alto, Fiona wailed on soprano and Stu's tenor playing cried to be heard more often.
A joyous and yet sad night - Exeter, you owe us one. Not only do you annihilate our rugby team but you commandeer one of our best pianists!
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.
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