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Holly Cooper, Mouthpiece Music: "Lance writes pull quotes like no one else!"

Simon Spillett: A lovely review from the dean of jazz bloggers, Lance Liddle...

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

Postage

16476 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 356 of them this year alone and, so far, 68 this month (May 24).

From This Moment On ...

May

Thu 30: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 30: Merlin Roxby @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Ragtime piano. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Thu 30: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guests Josh Bentham (sax); Neil Brodie (trumpet); Garry Hadfield (keys); Adrian Beadnell (bass);

Fri 31: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 31: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 31: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 31: Castillo Nuevo Trio @ Revoluçion de Cuba, Newcastle. 5:30pm. Free.
Fri 31: Borealis @ The Witham, Barnard Castle. 7:30pm. CANCELLED!
Fri 31: Redwell @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.

June

Sat 01: Enrico Tomasso’s Swing Company @ St Augustine's Parish Centre, Darlington. 12:30pm. Darlington New Orleans Jazz Club.
Sat 01: Play More Jazz! workshop @ The Globe, Newcastle. 1:30pm. Tutor: Steve Glendinning.
Sat 01: Hop, Skiffle & Jump: The Story of Skiffle @ 1719, Hendon, Sunderland. 6:00-9:00pm.
Sat 01: Edison Herbert Trio @ The Vault, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free.
Sat 01: Lindsay Hannon’s Tom Waits for No Man @ Dry Water Arts, Amble. 7:00pm. £15.00.
Sat 01: John Garner & John Pope @ Victoria Tunnel, Ouseburn, Newcastle. 7:00pm.
Sat 01: Milne-Glendinning Band @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.

Sun 02: Musicians Unlimited @ West Hartlepool RFC, Hartlepool. 12 noon. Two sets (12 noon-1:00pm & 2:00-3:00pm). ‘Sunday Big Band Blast meets WHRFC’s Classic Car Show’.
Sun 02: Smokin’ Spitfires @ The Cluny, Newcastle. 12:45pm. £7.50.
Sun 02: Mark Williams Trio @ Central Bar, Gateshead. 2:00pm. £10.00.
Sun 02: Sax Choir @ The Globe, Newcastle. 2:00pm.
Sun 02: New Century Ragtime Orchestra @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 2:30pm. Free. A 'Jar on the Bar' gig. A 'pint sized' NCRO gig/rehearsal session feat. Dave Hignett, Jim McBriarty, Gavin Lee, Keith Stephen, Phil Rutherford with special guest drummer Nick Ward.
Sun 02: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 02: Anth Purdy @ The Quakerhouse, Darlington. 6:30pm. Free. ‘Swing Jazz Guitar’.
Sun 02: MSK @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 03: John Garner & John Pope @ Yamaha Music School, Blyth. 1:00pm. £8.00.
Mon 03: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.

Tue 04: Jam session @ The Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free. House trio: Ben Phillips, Paul Grainger, Abbie Finn.

Wed 05: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 05: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 05: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.

Sunday, June 21, 2020

Adrian Cox's Sunday Service - June 21

The summer solstice encouraged a large online congregation (140+ parishioners) to join Adrian Cox's one o'clock Sunday Service as our man set about playing clarinet and singing a few numbers with the emphasis this week on Sidney Bechet.  

The Sheik of Araby for openers, a good, solid start. The Charismatic Blues with a brilliant double time section generated by Cox's internal rhythm section with a convincing vocal to boot - excellent! Another vocal number with a long title - If I Let You Get Away With This Once You'll Do It All The Time  - followed by an instrumental with a short title - Black Stick, the latter a request by Pete Lay with Cox saying: This one's for you, Pete which met with an instant online response from Ley: Thanks Adie!! As distant as we are in these strange times, this sort of banter is as close as we can get to the immediacy of a live gig.    


Throughout today's Sunday Service Cox frequently acknowledged the help of friends who supplied useful snippets of information - Pete Lay, Alyn Shipton and others - and it's likely that the nugget detailing a 1938 BBC New York session came his way from one of these sources. The tune? China Boy. A parishioner suggested www.sidneybechet.org as a useful resource...

A Bechet duet with Albert Nicholas - Blame it on the Blues - reminded Cox of Graham Collier's version and his own take on the number when he worked with Richard Bennett. Cox remarked that the Bechet-Nicholas recording featured Art Hodes and Pops Foster. From one blues to another, Blues My Naughty Sweetie Gives to Me (at least by way of the title), heard Cox singing once again, this time with an off-screen, metronomic finger snap. 

Cox recounted a marvellous story about the time he met Bob Wilbur. Our man spoke of having a nice lunch with Wilbur, asking numerous questions and listening to Wilbur's many 'I was there' stories including first meeting Bechet in NYC as a teenager, taking lessons from the legendary musician and being invited to sit in on Bechet's fifth - yes, fifth! - set of the evening at Jimmy Ryan's. 

Clarinet, vocals and anecdotes, Cox really does put on a show. A Bechet-Wilbur number - Broken Windmill - prompted a memory...Cox used to play it with Dom Pipkin which, in turn, led to a plug for others' live stream gigs. Watch out for TJ Johnson and Brandon Allen in the coming week. Today's final number - Buddy Bolden Stomp - closed an instructive, not to mention, highly entertaining sermon. Cox hopes to be in the pulpit again next Sunday (June 28), it all depends on the outcome of his liquorice stick's scheduled appointment with the clarinet doctor.   
Russell   

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