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Jeremy Pelt: "It [Birth of the Cool sessions] was bebop in sheep's clothing." - (DownBeat, December 2019).

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Today Wednesday November 13

Afternoon

Jazz

Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool - Tyneside Cinema, Pilgrim Street, Newcastle NE1 6QG. Tel: 0191 227 5500. 12:15pm. Stanley Nelson's 2019 documentary film.

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free admission.

Evening

Jazz

Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £1.00.

Swing Street - Pier Red, Castlegate, Berwick upon Tweed TD15 1LF. Tel: 01289 309168. 8:00pm. Free.

Levee Ramblers NOJB - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:15pm. £3.00.

Blues/Folk

George Shovlin & the Radars, Charts, Quayside, Newcastle NE1 3DE. Tel: 0191 338 7989. 8:00pm. Free.

Moonshine Sessions - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 8:30pm. Free.

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

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Jam Session at the Dun Cow, Jesmond - October 24.

Paul Grainger (bass); Alan Law (piano); Rob Walker (drums) + John Rowland (tenor); Ben Richardson (piano); Roly Veitch (guitar); Jordan Alfonso (alto); Archie Williamson (drums).
(Review by Lance).
They weren't queuing up to jam this week but quality beats quantity every time and this one had plenty of the former.
The trio set the standard with It Could Happen to You; There is no Greater Love and How High the Moon. Grainger took the lead on  Moon and Walker backed him up with some hand-drumming that made me wonder why he bothers with sticks, that's how effective it was.
Autumn Leaves brought John Rowland on to the pitch for a strangely delicate version of one of the jammers' favourites.

Next to put his head on the chopping block was post-graduate pianist Richardson. Scintillating versions of A Foggy Day and Afternoon in Paris ensured that the services of Madame Guillotine weren't required.
Rowland returned for Love me or Leave me which had more hand-drumming from Walker in a spirited exchange with the tenor player.
The interval came and went and the second set saw a first time Dun Cow appearance by Roly Veitch. Roly, who scored big at the recent Middlesbrough extravaganza, was joined by the heir apparent to the alto throne, Jordan Alfonso. Love For Sale saw the two sitters-in doing Cole Porter justice before setting out their own stall. John Rowland, once more loomed into view making for a good ensemble sound.

Donna Lee was Formula One fast. Fingers flew and the notes cascaded out of the horn at around about the speed of light. Phew!
Time to unwind and what better way than to remember April? Roly and I'll Remember April is a guaranteed recipe to soothe the savaged breast. Cool guitar playing, all that was missing was a Veitch vocal.

All the Things You Are, the national anthem of jam sessions brought the runners into the home straight but it wasn't over yet.
Moanin' with the two horns out front and a rhythm section to die for brought the night to a resounding climax with Alfonso's solo, arguably, the blast of the night!
None of this would have been possible without the ace trio and drummer Archie Williamson who gave Walker a spell (to apply some healing lotion to his hands?).
Back on November 14.
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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