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Bebop Spoken There

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The Strictly Smokin' Big Band included Be Bop Spoken Here (sic) in their 5 Favourite Jazz Blogs.
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Postage

14378 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 14 years ago. 597 of them this year alone and, so far, 2 this month (July 2).

From This Moment On ...

July

Sat 02: Hot Fingers @ St Augustine’s Parish Centre, Darlington. 12:30pm. £10.00.
Sat 02: Play Jazz! workshop @ The Globe, Newcastle. 1:30pm. Tutor Steve Glendinning: Latin jazz. £25.00. Enrol at: www.jazz.coop.
Sat 02: Talk: Storytelling & jazz as an expression of urban life @ The Exchange, North Shields. 1:45pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Sat 02: The Commandments + On Parole @ The Exchange, North Shields. 2:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event. Rhythm & blues.
Sat 02: Geordie Jazz Man @ The Exchange, North Shields. 5:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event. Screening of Abi Lewis’ documentary film about Keith Crombie & the Jazz Café.
Sat 02: The Delta Prophets Trio @ The Exchange, North Shields. 6:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event. Rhythm & blues.
Sat 02: Swing Manouche @ Claypath Deli, Durham. 7:00pm.
Sat 02: Swung Eight & King Bees @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event. Swing dance + ace Chicago blues band.
Sat 02: Tyne Valley Big Band @ Greenside Community Centre, Ryton. 7:30pm.
Sat 02: Patrick Cromb @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sun 03 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 03: Smokin’ Spitfires @ The Cluny, Newcastle. 12:45pm.
Sun 03: Ruth Lambert & Martin Craggs @ The Exchange, North Shields. 2:00pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Sun 03: Abbie Finn Trio @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Sun 03: Wild Women of Wylam @ The Exchange, North Shields. 4:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Sun 03: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 5:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Sun 03: Jazz Jam @ The Exchange, North Shields. 6:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Sun 03: Jeffrey Hewer Quartet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 04: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Wed 06: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 06: Michael Bublé @ Durham County Cricket Club, Chester le Street. Doors: 5:00pm.
Wed 06: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 06: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 06: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 07: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 07: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library. 3:00-5:00pm. £1.00. All welcome.
Thu 07: Lara Jones + Echo Juliet @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 7:00pm.
Thu 07: Thursday Night Prayer Meeting @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free admission (donations).
Thu 07: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 07: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 08: Alex Clarke Quartet @ Bishop Auckland Town Hall. 1:00pm. £7.00.
Fri 08: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 08: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 08: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.

Sat 09: Jazz Stage @ Mouth of the Tyne Festival: Zoë Gilby Duo (12 noon); Vieux Carré Jazzmen (1:35pm); Harmony Brass (3:10pm); Ruth Lambert Quartet (4:40pm). Outdoor stage adjacent to Tynemouth Priory.

Saturday, August 24, 2019

Emma Fisk's Hot Club du Nord & Early Bird Big Band @ Ushaw Jazz Festival - August 23

Emma Fisk (violin); James Birkett, Dave Harris (guitars); Bruce Rollo (bass)
(Review by Lance)

With some musicians their instrument is the equivalent of the doctor's stethoscope or the plumber's wrench - the tools of their trade. However, there are other musicians - a select few - who are totally at one with their instrument. It isn't something they take out of a case and then put it back again a couple of hours later. It is part of them - an extension - just as much so as any of their vital organs.

Emma Fisk is such a person. Even when her violin is safely tucked up in its case you feel it is still a part of her. At least that's my impression having listened to her twice in the course of a week.
I didn't care that I'd heard it all before - when something is that good you never tire of it. Plus, with the guitar virtuosity of James Birkett and Dave Harris being goosed along by Bruce Rollo on slap bass it was no wonder that the youngest member of the audience (and her mother) had to release their inhibitions on the dance floor - I wanted to do the same!

Although I was never fortunate enough to hear Grappelli with Django, I did hear him at different times with John Etheridge, Diz Disley and Martin Taylor and, great as those concerts were, this one lost nothing by comparison.

Honeysuckle Rose; I Found a New Baby; I Can't Give you Anything But Love; Swing 42; Blue Drag; Ain't Misbehavin'; Nuages; Undecided; Daphne; I'm Confessin'; Coquette; HCQ Strut; Sweet Chorus; Minor Swing; A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square; Sweet Georgia Brown; J'attendrai.
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Earlier, the festival had opened with an inspired set by the Early Bird Big Band. The EBBB, is one of several groups organised by Paul Edis that, over the years, have served as a launching pad for many emerging and talented young jazz musicians and the Class of 2019, on the strength of this performance, are upholding and enhancing that solid base. Whilst credit must be given where credit's due, by which I refer to MD Edis, the seeds he sowed would have fallen upon stony ground without the receptive ears of his students.

That their ears were receptive was proven, not only in the well-constructed solos but also in the original pieces composed, arranged and introduced by each composer.

It would be unfair to single out individuals as they all contributed to the overall sound and, even without the imported heavies, they would still have sounded good.
The future is in their - and Dr Edis' - hands …
Lance
PS: Of course any Ushaw Jazz Festival would be incomplete without Tony Eales' now legendary 'Jazz Alley'. The walls of this passageway are, for the duration of the festival, lined with LP covers from his vast collection. "Got that one - wish I had that one - is that the original cover of Benny Goodman's Carnegie Hall concert?" It just wouldn't be as eye catching with CDs! Well done Tony.

Early Bird Big Band: Paul Edis (MD, tenor sax); Graham Hardy, Ailsa Critten (trumpet, flugelhorn); James Metcalf (trumpet) Haaruun Miller (sop sax, alto sax); Emma Talbot (alto sax);  Faye Thompson (tenor sax, clarinet); Ryan de Silva (baritone sax); Megan Robinson (flute); Jason Holcomb, Samuel Banks (trombone); Tom Henery (guitar); Ben Lawrence (piano, keyboards); Alex Shipsey (bass guitar); Dylan Thompson (drums)

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