Total Pageviews

Bebop Spoken There

Abdullah Ibrahim: "For me jazz is the highest form of music." - (DownBeat, September 2019).

Archive

Daily: July 6 - October 27

Precarity John Akomfrah’s film (2017, 46 mins) about Buddy Bolden - Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead Quays, South Shore Road, Gateshead NE8 3BA. Tel: 0191 478 1810. Screenings at intervals during the day. Part of Akomfrah's exhibition Ballasts of Memory. Exhibition (daily) July 6 - October 27. 10:00am-6:00pm. Free.

Today Sunday August 25

Afternoon

Jazz

Precarity John Akomfrah’s film (2017, 46 mins) about Buddy Bolden (see above).

Vieux Carré Hot 4 - Spanish City, Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay NE26 1BG. 12 noon. Free.

Alice Grace & Nick Pride @ Great North Feast, Bents Park, Sea Road, South Shields NE33 2LD. Time 12 noon-1:00pm. Free. A 'Proper Food & Drink Festivals' event - 10:00am-5:00pm.

Zoë Gilby Family All Stars - Ushaw College, Ushaw DH7 9RH. 1:00pm. £6.00. Ushaw Jazz Festival.

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

John Pope Quintet - Ushaw College, Ushaw DH7 9RH. 4:00pm. £8.00. Ushaw Jazz Festival.

Jazz Social - Charts, Quayside, Newcastle NE1 3DX. Tel: 0191 338 7989. 4:00pm. Free.

Somethin' Blue - Vesuvio, Houndgate, Darlngton DL1 5RL. Tel: 01325 788564. 5:00-7:00pm. Free.

Blues/Funk/Soul

The Sour Mash Trio - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 2:00pm. Free.

The Palaminos - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 5:00pm. Free.

Evening

Jazz

Buck Clayton Legacy Band - Ushaw College, Ushaw DH7 9RH. 7:00pm. £14.00. & £12.00. Line-up: Menno Daams, Ian Smith (trumpets), Robert Fowler (alto sax), Matthias Seuffert (tenor sax), Adrian Fry (trombone), Martin Litton (piano), Alyn Shipton (double bass), Clark Tracey (drums). Ushaw Jazz Festival.

Joseph Carville Trio - Devonport Hotel, 16-18 The Front, Middleton One Row, Darlington DL2 AS. Tel: 01325 332255. 7:30pm.

Francis Tulip Quintet - Bridge Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle NE1 1RQ. Tel: 0191 232 6400. 8:00pm. £8.00. & £6.00. Quintet feat Xhosa Cole (BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year 2018).

The Comet is Coming - Georgian Theatre, Green Dragon Yard, Stockton TS18 1AT. Tel: 01642 606525. 8:00pm. £14.00.

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

Wednesday, April 03, 2019

Jam session @ The Black Swan - April 2

(Review/Photos by Russell).

Two days into April mark this one down as gig of the month. A jam session shouldn't, by rights, win such an accolade, after allthey're blowing sessions, but when the stars fell on Newcastle Arts Centre's Black Swan basement venue this second day of April the bookies weren't taking any more bets.

The house trio set the ball rolling with Four followed by a typically bluesy, sensitive version of But Beautiful courtesy of the ever-amiable pianist Alan Law. Little did we know that there would be a battalion of sitters-in as the first of them - County Durham's Abbie Finn - threw her metaphorical hat into the ring joining Law and bassist John Pope on a sparkling Bud's Bubble. At this juncture little did Rob Walker know he would further vacate the drum stool for another couple of sticksmen keen to show what they could do.

This evening's lynchpin MC - John Pope - knocked-out a knock-out bass solo on Horace Silver's Song for my Father with tenor man Graham Easthope on board. Elliott Todd made a first foray although his moment in the spotlight would come later, much later. The Thompsons turned up - Faye home from York for Easter, Dylan, based in Gateshead, likewise chilling - and they too soon entered the fray. Faye's all-too-infrequent appearances at jam sessions (uni studies the priority) continue to be revelatory - this evening we heard a rapidly developing musician bossing it on Bye Bye Blackbird. York, take note, Faye is merely on loan, hands-off! 

A short interval - John Pope requested he take five - wrought further changes. Joel Shaw, sporting a hipster beard, kept Rob Walker at the bar as he sat-in on a terrific Night Train and then, and then...the Tenement Jazz Band's ace dep Lachlan Fotheringham silenced the room with a spellbinding version of Petite Fleur. The Newcastle based doctor, standing something like 6' 12", playing soprano sax, won tumultuous applause from Bechet up there in the Jazz Club in the Sky and all in the Black Swan. Wonderful, simply wonderful. 

As if one star performance wasn't enough, international recording star Andrea Harrison sang Lover Man accompanied by loyal sidekicks Lisa Delarny, guitar, and drummer Rob Walker (momentarily back on the stand) with pianist Law the ideal foil for Ms Harrison. Little did our soulful singer know that Nature Boy was right up the Irishman's street. Yet more resounding applause, it was turning out to be a canny night! 

A firework sat smouldering in one corner, Mr Jordan Alfonso the name. MC JP called JA to the stand with alto sax in hand. Light the blue touch paper and stand well back! Alfonso, nudged and nudged again by drummer Abbie Finn (RW retired once again to the bar!), this - Almost Like Being in Love - had been worth waiting for. Mr Neville Hartley belatedly joined the party to play Stars Fell on Alabama. Class playing from Hartley...we have come to expect nothing less. Trombonist Neville and saxophonist Jordan are generations apart yet their musical empathy and appreciation of one another's efforts summed up what these sessions are all about. 

More bop from Faye, Elliott and Showtime. Yes, David Gray had arrived from wherever and a feature for the all-action 'bone man with the trio - Lullaby of Birdland - went off at a tangent with a drum 'n' bass Love Supreme-like vibe before returning to Shearing's melody. 

Time was pressing. JP called all horn players to the stage...seven of them, no less. Lachlan led off on All Blues, all took a chorus ending at the other end of the line with Neville, the septet marshalled by Elliott Todd's killing trumpet playing. Yes, it had been a canny night.  

Russell

Alan Law (piano); John Pope (double bass); Rob Walker (drums) + Abbie Finn (drums); Graham Easthope (tenor sax); Elliott Todd (trumpet); Faye Thompson (alto sax); Dylan Thompson (drums); Lachlan Fotheringham (soprano sax); Joel Shaw (drums); Andrea Harrison (vocals); Lisa Delarny (guitar); Neville Hartley (trombone); Jordan Alfonso (alto sax); David Gray (trombone)

1 comment :

Patti (on F/b) said...

Damn - all this great jazz that I've had to miss! And this guy is from Edinburgh's wonderful Tenement Jazz Band! They recently wowed us at the Prohibition Cabaret Bar ........

Blog Archive

About this blog - contact details.

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.
The idea of this blog is for you to share your thoughts and pass on your comments on discs, gigs, jazz - music in general. If you've been to a gig/concert or heard a CD that knocked you sideways please share your views with us. Tell us about your favourites, your memories, your dislikes.
Lance (Who wishes it to be known that he is not responsible for postings other than his own and that he's not always responsible for them.)
Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

Submissions for review

Whilst we appreciate the many emails, texts, messages and other communications we receive requesting album/gig reviews on BSH, regrettably, we are unable to reply to all of them other than those we are able to answer with a positive response.
Similarly, CDs received by post will only be considered if accompanied by sufficient background material.
Finally, bear in mind that this is a jazz-based site when submitting your album.
Lance