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

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

Postage

16527 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 407 of them this year alone and, so far, 29 this month (June 12).

From This Moment On ...

June

Thu 13: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 13: Indigo Jazz Voices @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:45pm. £5.00. Upstairs.
Thu 13: Musicians Unlimited @ Dorman’s, Middlesbrough. 8:00pm.
Thu 13: Jazz Guys @ Tynedale Beer & Cider Festival, Corbridge. 8:00pm.
Thu 13: Merlin Roxby @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. Ragtime piano. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Thu 13: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guest band: Musicians Unlimited

Fri 14: Mark Williams Trio @ The Old Library, Auckland Castle, Bishop Auckland. 1:00pm. £8.00.
Fri 14: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 14: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 14: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 14: Strictly Smokin’ Big Band @ Queen’s Hall, Hexham. ‘Ella & Ellington’. 7:30pm. £18.00.
Fri 14: Customs House Big Band @ Customs House, South Shields. 7:30pm. Donations (online, min. £3.00.).

Sat 15: Keith Barrett & Andrew Porritt @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 12 noon. Free. A Cullercoats Festival event.
Sat 15: NUJO Jazz Jam @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 7:00pm.
Sat 15: James Birkett & Emma Fisk @ Sunderland Minster. 7:30pm. £15.00., £8.00. (u16s free). ‘The Great American Songbook’. A Bishopwearmouth Choral Society event, conductor David Murray.
Sat 15: Jude Murphy & Dan Stanley @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.

Sun 16: Jason Isaacs @ Stack, Seaburn SR6 8AA. 1:00-2:45pm. Free.
Sun 16: Paul Skerritt @ Hibou Blanc, Newcastle. 2:00pm.
Sun 16: Gaz Hughes Trio @ Queen’s Hall, Hexham. 3:00pm. £10.00.
Sun 16: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 16: Gaz Hughes Trio @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Sun 16: Jazz Jam @ Fabio’s Bar, Saddler St., Durham. 8:00pm. Free. A Durham University Jazz Society event. All welcome.

Mon 17: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Mon 17: ‘Tower of Power’ @ The Library Bar, Saddler St., Durham . 7:30pm.Free. A Durham University Jazz Society event. All welcome.

Tue 18: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Victoria & Albert Inn, Seaton Delaval. 12:30pm. £13.00. ‘Jazz, Sausage ‘n’ Mash’…’with Onion Gravy’!
Tue 18: Jam Session @ The Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free. House trio: Stu Collingwood, Paul Grainger, Tim Johnston.
Tue 18: Libby Goodridge & Ben Davies @ The Lost Wanderer, Leazes Park Road, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £6.00. Triple bill, inc. Goodridge & Davies (jazz).

Wed 19: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 19: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 19: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.

Monday, March 15, 2021

Ten Charlie Parker Moments by Dave Brownlow

1945 Now’s The Time: Bird’s first record session as a leader which also produced the groundbreaking Koko. Many of the jazz fraternity of a certain age can still sing or whistle (or even play) Charlie’s blues solo from memory. A defining moment in modern jazz.

1946  Lover Man: A harrowing, disturbing listen. A disc which Charlie said should never be released, recorded just before his mental and physical breakdown. The halting, eerie, haunting track has a stark beauty where Bird is guided through the tune by trumpeter Howard McGhee and Jimmy Bunn at the piano.

1949 Segment: The day before flying out to Europe for the Paris Jazz Festival, Bird recorded a not-well-known session with Kenny Dorham, Al Haig, Tommy Potter and Max Roach. He’s on great form, ideas bursting out with originality, excitement, anticipation and verve. A tricky composition not played again on any known ‘on-location’ session.

1950 Ornithology: Truly a never-before-or-since aggregation - a super group from the bop era. Bird, Fats Navarro, Bud Powell, Curly Russell and Art Blakey. What a contest – probably won by Bud on the night…

1952 Turnstile/Rocker: Ever trying new ideas, Charlie was enthusiastic about Gerry Mulligan’s compositions. He played both these pieces on a free-wheeling session at the Rockland Palace where he used both his bands - the Quintet and the Strings - to great effect. Gerry also penned the Strings Theme - a delightful jazz waltz Bird used at the beginning and end of most ‘With Strings’ sets.

1953 I Can’t Get Started: Accompanied beautifully by Kenny Clarke, Ray Brown and John Lewis, this is a gentle, pensive, beguiling, pleading Bird performance where it sounds as though he was trying to communicate with Chan Richardson - his partner at the time - with whom he had a turbulent relationship. An absolutely inspiring bass line from Ray propels the piece at just the right tempo.  

1953 Perdido:  From the famous Massey Hall concert with Diz, Bud, Max and Mingus. First time I heard this aged 17 I was hooked and still am! Such tone - even with the plastic alto - such authority, such command of the situation. Bud’s supportive comping, Max’s swing, Diz’s clowning and Mingus’s strong rhythmical drive complete the picture.

1953 I Remember You:  This comes from a blistering quartet session with Al Haig, Max, and Percy Heath on bass. A majestic solo follows the piercing theme showing some of Charlie’s frustration pouring out. Bird’s sound is strong, angry but fully controlled in a masterpiece performance thrown together at the session itself.

1981 To Bird With Love: A giant compendium of photos and text presented by Frenchman Francis Paudras from Chan Richardson’s archives of Bird material - family snaps, contracts letters, drawings, documents etc showing how life was with unpredictable Charlie
 (Paudras later ‘rescued’ Bud Powell for a time providing him with accommodation and a home-life in Paris later in his life).

Bird Flight: A radio programme broadcast daily by Parker authority Phil Schaap from station WKCR FM New York who over months and years has presented and discussed every single note played by Charlie in his life  captured on disc or tape. The most thorough analysis ever made and still available online.

Dave B.

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