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Bebop Spoken There

Lou Donaldson: "(On Art Blakey) Everything changed. Especially when the women came in, sat down in the front row, and raised their skirts above their knees. Then the drums got louder, the tempos got faster, and every tune was a drum solo" - (JazzTimes, November 2019.)

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Today Saturday December 14

Afternoon

Jazz

Anth Purdy - Isabella Community Centre, Ogle Drive, Blyth NE24 5JF. Tel: 01670 543773. 11:00am-1:00pm. Free. Christmas Fair.

Jazz Attack - Sage Gateshead, St Mary's Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR. Tel: 0191 443 4661. 3:30pm. Free (concourse). Young Musicians Live! YMP Winter Festival.

Jambone - Sage Gateshead, St Mary's Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR. Tel: 0191 443 4661. 4:00pm. Free but ticketed (Sage Two). Young Musicians Live! YMP Winter Festival.

Evening

Strictly Smokin’ Big Band - Gosforth Civic Theatre, Regents Farm Road, Gosforth, Newcastle NE3 3HD. Tel: 0191 284 3700. 8:00pm. £12.00. + bf. Second night of two.

Sold Out!

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Blues/Funk/Soul

Loft Boys - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

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

Saturday, June 08, 2019

Brownfield-Byrne Quintet @ Saltburn Jazz Club - June 7

Jamie Brownfield (trumpet); Liam Byrne (tenor sax); Andy Hulme (guitar); Ed Harrison (double bass); Gareth Hughes (drums)

(Review by Russell)

Friday night, five musicians in three cars (some of them driving from north Wales) en route to Saltburn were to be greeted by cats and dogs, yes, it was raining. The town's Community Halloffered shelter to jazz fans and anyone else who wanted to escape the worst of the weather. 

The Brownfield-Byrne Quintet arrived in good time, set up with the minimum of fuss...would an audience turn out? Saltburn Jazz Club's loyal supporters did indeed make the effort. The BBQ hit the ground running with Better Go. Trumpeter Jamie Brownfield and co-leader Liam Byrne, playing tenor sax, spoke of their affection for the Ben Webster-Harry Edison sides and there would be further similar selections during an evening of top quality mainstream-to-bop numbers.  

The horns chose not to be on a mic and the rhythm section's Andy Hulme, guitar and Ed Harrison, bass, were no more than lightly amplified with drummer Gareth Hughes the epitome of restraint. Did You Call Her Today? maintained the relaxed approach with the frontline generously sharing the soloist's spotlight with their bandmates. A seated Andy Hulme impressed greatly - chordal support, gently swinging solos - as did Ed Harrison, right out of the Andy Cleyndert school of bass playing. 

The BBQ's first gigs a decade or so ago were largely bop-orientated but over time the pad has expanded to include earlier forms and one such gem - Stardust - confirmed Byrne (the BBQ's arranger) as a top-class player. During the evening the tenor man spoke in reverential tones about the great Al Cohn and reaffirmed his abilities on In My Solitude. Brownfield's interests range across the formative years of the music through swing to bop (on Night in Tunisia Brownfield did a first-rate 'Dizzy'!). 

A long, late night drive home ahead of them, the Brownfield-Byrne Quintet went out on It had to be You. A class outfit, that's the BBQ.  

Russell.

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