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Bebop Spoken There

Raymond Chandler: “ I was walking the floor and listening to Khatchaturian working in a tractor factory. He called it a violin concerto. I called it a loose fan belt and the hell with it ". The Long Goodbye, Penguin 1959.

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Josh Weir: I love the writing on bebop spoken here... I think the work you are doing is amazing.

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16350 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 230 of them this year alone and, so far, 27 this month (April 11).

From This Moment On ...

April

Sun 14: Am Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 2:00pm. Free.
Sun 14: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay Metro Station. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 14: Alan Law, Jude Murphy & Tim Johnston @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 7:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Sun 14: JazzMain @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 15: Dave Newton @ Yamaha Music School, Seaforth St., Blyth NE24 1AY. 1:00 - 1:45pm. £8.00. + bf. Newton, solo piano.
Mon 15: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Mon 15: Hideout @ Cluny 2, Newcastle. 7:00pm. £7.50 + £1.33 bf. Feat. Sleep Suppressor + Flat Moon.
Mon 15: Russ Morgan Quartet @ The Black Bull, Blaydon. 8:00pm. £8.00.

Tue 16: The Horne Section’s Hit Show @ Middlesbrough Town Hall. 7:30pm.
Tue 16: Jam session @ The Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free. House trio: Bradley Johnston, Paul Grainger, Bailey Rudd.

Wed 17: Bailey Rudd (Minor Recital) @ The Music Studios, Haymarket Lane, Newcastle University. 11:40am. Bailey Rudd (drums). Open to the public.
Wed 17: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 17: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 17: The Horne Section’s Hit Show @ The Gala, Durham. 7:30pm. SOLD OUT!
Wed 17: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.

Thu 18: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 18: NONUNONU @ Elder Beer Café, Chillingham Road, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Thu 18: Knats @ Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle. 8:00pm (doors 7:30pm). £8.00. + bf. Support act TBC.
Thu 18: Merlin Roxby @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig. Ragtime piano.
Thu 18: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guest band night with Just Friends: Ian Bosworth (guitar); Donna Hewitt (sax); Dave Archbold (keys); Ron Smith (bass); Mark Hawkins (drums).

Fri 19: Cia Tomasso @ The Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. ‘Cia Tomasso sings Billie Holiday’. SOLD OUT!
Fri 19: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 19: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 19: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 19: Lindsay Hannon: Tom Waits for No Man @ Seventeen Nineteen, Hendon, Sunderland. 7:30pm.
Fri 19: Levitation Orchestra + Nauta @ Cluny 2, Newcastle. 7:30pm (doors). £11.00.
Fri 19: Strictly Smokin’ Big Band @ The Witham, Barnard Castle. 8:00pm. ‘Ella & Ellington’.

Sat 20: Record Store Day…at a store near you!
Sat 20: Bright Street Band @ Washington Arts Centre. 6:30pm. Swing dance taster session (6:30pm) followed by Bright Street Big Band (7:30pm). £12.00.
Sat 20: Michael Woods @ Victoria Tunnel, Ouseburn, Newcastle. 7:00pm. Acoustic blues.
Sat 20: Rendezvous Jazz @ St Andrew’s Church, Whitley Bay. 7:30pm. £10.00. (inc. a drink on arrival).

Friday, November 15, 2019

Jo Harrop & Jamie McCredie @ The Lit & Phil - Nov 15


 Jo Harrop (vocals); Jamie McCredie (guitar)
(Review by Russell)

Over the last decade or so, Jo Harrop has been a frequent visitor to her native north east to perform intimate duo gigs to large scale concert engagements. In contrast, Jamie McCredie hasn't played a jazz gig on home turf during that time. Vocalist Jo and guitarist Jamie live and work in London and this Lit & Phil lunchtime engagement was a first opportunity for a Tyneside audience to hear them working as a duo.

The one o'clock, one hour set turned out to be one of those 'extra seating' gigs such was the demand to catch Jo and Jamie's performance. A list of no fewer than fifteen tunes to work their way through, it was unlikely that all of them would make the cut. Old Devil Moon for starters - perfect, Jo sensational as always, Jamie outstanding. Ten years on, just how good was/is Jamie? We remembered him as a fine guitarist, perhaps we forgot/didn't take into account how much better he'd become over the last decade. 

TenderlyYou'd Be So Nice to Come Home To, the Ralph Burns/Woody Herman (Johnny Mercer lyrics) seasonally apposite Early Autumn, each and every number Jo pitch-perfect, Jamie endlessly inventive, the Lit & Phil audience attuned to every subtle shift, every nuance. 

Jobim's Once I Loved temporarily lifted the autumn gloom before we got to the heart of Jo and Jamie's set. Two numbers - Ain't Got Nothin' but the Blues followed by In the Wee Small Hours (David Mann/Bob Hilliard) - were as good as you'll hear. Jo can sing a blues, Jamie can play a blues - superb stuff. And then In the Wee Small Hours - Jo told the story of David Mann's son hearing Jo and Jamie perform the song and getting in touch to say his father would have loved their version. How good is that?!

Sure enough, time was pressing and one or two numbers fell by the wayside. Tom Waits' Take it with Me was retained, similarly What a Little Moonlight Can Do (with some rather shy audience participation). At five minutes to two our duo signed off with Victor Young's My Foolish Heart. If the art of jazz singing and immaculate jazz guitar playing is remotely your thing then do yourself a favour - the next time Jo Harrop and Jamie McCredie are in town make sure you're there, you'll be in for a treat.

If you're quick you could catch them tonight at Holy GrAle on Crossgate Durham. It's a 7:30pm start, eight pounds on the door. Please note the basement venue is on the small side, arrive in good time or you won't get in!    
Russell

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