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Bebop Spoken There

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Postage

16573 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 466 of them this year alone and, so far, 12 this month (July 7).

From This Moment On ...

July

Fri 12: The Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ The White Swan, Main Road, Ovingham NE42 6AG. 12:30pm. Free.
Fri 12: John Settle @ The Old Library, Auckland Castle, Bishop Auckland. 1:00pm. £8.00. Settle (vibes) w. Dean Stockdale, Mick Shoulder & Tim Johnston.
Fri 12: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 12: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 12: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.

Sat 13: Jazz Stage @ Mouth of the Tyne Festival. Free. Vieux Carré Jazzmen (12 noon); Trilogy of Four (1:35pm); Classic Swing (3:10pm); Archipelago (4:40pm).
Sat 13: East Coast Swing Band @ Tynemouth Metro Station. 1:00pm. Free. A Mouth of the Tyne Festival event.
Sat 13: Tyne Valley Big Band @ Prudhoe Riverside Park. 12:55-1:40pm. Free.
Sat 13: Michael Woods @ Cycle Hub, Ouseburn, Newcastle NE6 1BU. 1:30-2:30pm & 3:00-4:00pm. Country blues. An Ouseburn Festival event.
Sat 13: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ The Beehive, Hartley Lane, Whitley Bay NE25 0SZ. 5:30pm. Free. Gig in the Secret Garden.
Sat 13: Anth Purdy @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. ‘Swing Jazz Guitar’. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.

Sun 14: OUTRI + Slowlight Quartet @ The Bandstand, The Sele, Hexham. 12 noon-2:00pm. Free. OUTRI is Ian ‘Dodge’ Paterson’s new solo bass project. ‘The Bandstand Sessions’.
Sun 14: Jazz Stage @ Mouth of the Tyne Festival. Free. Rendezvous Jazz (12 noon); Delta Prophets Trio (1:35pm); Abbie Finn Trio (3:10pm); River City Band (4:40pm).
Sun 14: MSK @ Tynemouth Metro Station. 1:00pm. Free. A Mouth of the Tyne Festival event.
Sun 14: Paul Skerritt @ Hibou Blanc, Newcastle. 2:00pm.
Sun 14: Am Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 2:00pm. Free.
Sun 14: Jamil Sheriff’s Five Gold Rings @ Queen’s Hall, Hexham. 3:00pm.
Sun 14: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay. 3:00pm. Free. Sun 14: Lounge Lizards + King Bees @ The Tyne Bar, Newcastle. 3:00pm. Free. The Tyne Bar’s 30th anniversary, top class blues double bill.
Sun 14: Richard Herdman @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.

Mon 15: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Mon 15: Nathan Lawson Trio @ The Black Bull, Blaydon. 8:00pm. £8.00. Blaydon Jazz Club.

Tue 16: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Victoria & Albert Inn, Seaton Terrace, Seaton Delaval NE25 0AT. 12:30pm. £15.00 (tel: 0191 237 3697). Summer BBQ in the Beer Graden.
Tue 16: Jam session @ The Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free. House trio: Alan Law, Paul Grainger & Abbie Finn.

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: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.
Wed 17: John Pope & John Garner + Nisha Ramayya @ Cluny 2, Newcastle. 7:30pm (doors). £15.00. (£12.00. adv.). A Gem Arts Masala Festival event.

Thu 18 Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Brunswick Methodist Church, Newcastle NE1 7BJ. 2:30pm. £4.00.
Thu 18: Theo Croker @ The Glasshouse, Gateshead. 8:00pm.
Thu 18: Brad Linde’s Continentals @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Thu 18: Eva Fox & the Jazz Guys @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Thu 18: Ray Stubbs R&B All Stars @ The Mill Tavern, Hebburn. 8:00pm. Rhythm & blues.
Thu 18: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm.

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

JATP @ Newcastle 1958 - 1962

I was weaned on Norman Granz's jazz circus - Jazz At The Philharmonic - JATP. It was a while before I discovered what the initials stood for! I knew the records before I'd even heard them. I'd read about then in Dave Carey and Albert J. McCarthy's Jazz Directory (Volume 5. J - Kirk) and drooled over the titles and the personnel.


Perdido, Mordido, Endido. The Drum Battle, The Trumpet Battle and so many more enigmatic titles spread over several sides of 78rpm discs that, although not readily available in this country, stoked my unrequited desire to hear them. However, the American Forces Network (AFN) frequently played them and I wallowed in the excitement generated by Illinois Jacquet and Flip Phillips slugging it out on tenor, Charlie Shavers and Howard McGhee reaching for the moon on trumpet, Nat Cole and Les Paul doing some amazing things with a Blues, long before they became pop superstars, this was what many, with the benefit of hindsight, saw as one of the precursors to rock & roll.

The ongoing dispute between the British and American unions prevented jazz fans in the UK getting in on the action although, in 1953, JATP did play a couple of charity concerts at the Gaumont State Cinema in Kilburn, London. I lived on Tyneside so there was no way a schoolboy was going to be allowed to go unchaperoned to London for a jazz concert. A trip to Sunderland to see Durham play the West Indies was considered to be fraught with danger! Although, unlike the Durham cricketers, I won that one!

Fast forward to 1955. Newcastle City Hall. Ella Fitzgerald and Oscar Peterson. This was the best concert I'd ever attended up to then and, all these years later, it remains pretty high on the list. But, it still wasn't JATP even though Norman Granz was the promoter. That came about 3 years later in May 1958.

Apart from Ella and Oscar, on paper it had the look of a championship fight night at Madison Square Gardens!

Trumpets: Dizzy Gillespie, Roy Eldridge. Saxes: Coleman Hawkins, Stan Getz, Sonny Stitt. This was going to be a battle royal wasn't it just?

No, it wasn't. The horns played separate sets with the rhythm section. All great stuff but not the JATP I'd expected.

The following year it was Gene Krupa with Eddie Wasserman on tenor (who? I hear you ask), Sonny Stitt and Roy Eldridge stayed on as, of course did Ella and Oscar who, by now, were Granz's pet poodles.

In 1960, Oscar was replaced by Paul Smith but, of course, Ella was still there. I note from my programme notes that she sang Mack the Knife and didn't forget the words but sang it not unlike her famous 1963 recording where she, supposedly, did forget the words. The Jimmy Giuffre Trio, with Jim Hall on guitar and Bob Brookmeyer on valve trombone were there, as was Eldridge but, for me, the highlight was   Shelly Manne and his Men which included Joe Gordon on trumpet and Richie Kamuca on tenor.

1961 and there was no interaction at all just the quintets of John Coltrane and Dizzy Gillespie which I have referred to in previous posts.

1962 was, I think, their final visit to Newcastle as JATP. Hawkins and Eldridge with the Tommy Flanagan Trio, and the Paul Smith Trio backing Ella.

The touring continued in Europe off and on until 1983.

There had been some great moments and some dire moments but, sadly none of the pier six brawls that characterised the early concerts.
Lance

1958:

  • The Dill Jones Trio w. Dave Shepherd.
  • Coleman Hawkins, Roy Eldridge, Sonny Stitt, Lou Levy, Herb Ellis, Max Bennett, Gus Johnson.
  • Dizzy Gillespie, Stan Getz, Levy, Ray Brown, Johnson.
  • Oscar Peterson Trio w. Brown, Ellis.
  • Ella Fitzgerald.

1959

  • Oscar Peterson Trio w. Brown, Ed Thigpen.
  • Sonny Stitt w. Levy, Brown, Thigpen.
  • Gene Krupa Quartet w. Eddie Wasserman, Ronnie Ball, Jim Gannon.
  • Ella Fitzgerald w. Levy, Ellis, Wilfred Middlebrooks, Johnson, Eldridge.

1960

  • Jimmy Giuffre Trio w. Bob Brookmeyer, Jim Hall.
  • Roy Eldridge w. Paul Smith Quartet.
  • Paul Smith Quartet w. Middlebrooks, Ellis, Johnson.
  • Ella Fitzgerald w. Paul Smith Quartet.
  • Shelly Manne & his Men w. Richie Kamuc
  • a, Joe Gordon, Russ Freeman, Middlebrooks.

1961

  • John Coltrane Quintet w. Eric Dolphy, McCoy Tyner, Reggie Workman, Elvin Jones.
  • Dizzy Gillespie Quintet w. Leo Wright, Lalo Schifrin, Robert Cunningham, Mel Lewis.

1962

  • Coleman Hawkins-Roy Eldridge w. Tommy Flanagan, Major Holley, Edward Locke.
  • Paul Smith Trio w. Middlebrooks, Stan Levey.
  • Ella Fitzgerald w. Paul Smith Trio.

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