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Bebop Spoken There

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

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Today Tuesday November 12

Afternoon

Jazz

Classic Swing - The Ship Inn, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. 0191 251 3677. 1:00pm - 3:00pm. Free.

Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool - Tyneside Cinema, Pilgrim Street, Newcastle NE1 6QG. Tel: 0191 227 5500. 1:15pm. Stanley Nelson's 2019 documentary film.

Evening

Jazz

Not Now Charlie - Fox Inn, West End Terrace, Hexham NE46 3DB.Tel: 01434 603681. 8:30pm. Free (donations).

Blues

Sugaray Rayford - Cluny, Lime St., Newcastle NE1 2PQ. Tel 0191 230 4474. 8:00pm. £15.00.

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

Monday, August 26, 2019

Ushaw Jazz Festival (Day 3, Afternoon Part Two) John Pope Quintet - August 25

John Pope (double bass); Graham Hardy (trumpet/flugelhorn); Faye MacCalman (tenor sax/clarinet); Chris Biscoe (alto/baritone sax); Johnny Hunter (drums).
(Review by Lance)

The opening free form blast made my hair stand on end and I prepared to jump out of the open window (ground floor!) then, suddenly, it morphed into a swingy ensemble that could have been Mingus - I moved back from the window. Which was a good thing as it turned out to be a great couple of sets. Sure, one or two ot the solos approached the edge of my comfort zone but not many and the overall feeling was good.

It had been many years since I'd heard Chris Biscoe and, like Tony Kofi the night before, never on baritone. Chris is one of the relatively unsung heroes of British jazz slotting into whatever genre at both ends of the spectrum. Impressed. Chris was doing for jazz what, simultaneously, Ben Stokes (second innings) was doing for English cricket and Newcastle for northeast football (Spurs 0-Newcastle 1).

Like Stokesy, Chris wasn't doing it alone, Graham Hardy was sizzling on trumpet - he's taken plunger-playing to a new northeast level - whilst Faye on tenor and clarinet held her own with the legend on her left. On a day of records, surely two different Fayes playing sax in two consecutive sessions must be worthy of mention somewhere?

The whole shebang was driven mercilessly along by Johnny Hunter. Here's another one for the record books. The UK's (arguably) two greatest drummers on two consecutive gigs - second one coming up...

However, the real man of the hour, was without doubt the appropriately surnamed John Pope who composed, arranged, played bass and announced - he even managed to conduct from the rear!

Great gig - Bravo all five.
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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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.

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