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13837 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 56 of them this year alone and, so far, 56 this month (Jan. 16).

From This Moment On ...

January 2022

Wed 19: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 19: Classic Swing @ Venue, Cramlington NE23 6UT. 1:00pm.
Wed 19: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 19: Four @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 19: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 20: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 20: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 21: Emma Fisk & James Birkett @ The Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. POSTPONED!
Fri 21: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 21: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm.
Fri 21: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 21: John Law @ Durham Cathedral. 7:30pm. £20.00. POSTPONED!
Fri 21: Dean Stockdale Quartet @ Traveller’s Rest, Darlington. 8:00pm. £8.00. Opus 4 Jazz Club.
Fri 21: Jude Murphy & Dan Stanley @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sat 22: East Coast Swing Band @ East Bedlington Community Centre. 7:30pm. £5.00.
Sat 22: MGB @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. The Milne-Glendinning Band.

Sun 23 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 23: Musicians Unlimited @ South Durham Social Club, Hartlepool. 1:00pm.
Sun 23: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 23: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 3:00pm.
Sun 23: Anth Purdy: Swing Jazz Guitar @ Blues & Bourbon, Newcastle. 3:00pm.
Sun 23: Svarc Hanley Longhawn @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £10.00 adv., £12.00. door.

Mon 24: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Mon 24: Vels Trio + Knats @ The Cluny, Newcastle. 8:00pm. POSTPONED!.

Tue 25: East Coast Swing Band @ East Bedlington Community Centre. 10:00am - 12 noon. Rehearsal session (open to the public). .
Tue 25: Jam session @ Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. House trio: Murray Wankling, Paul Grainger, King David Ike-Elechi.

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Pope @ Ye Olde Cross, Ryton - Sept. 24

(However, after the session in Holy Cross Church,  the day’s musical festivities were not over, but continued nearby in Ye Olde Cross pub, with the Newcastle Improvisers Orchestra - editor)

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The theory behind this grouping, the Newcastle Improvisers Orchestra, at least in its original conception as it was once explained to me, is that anyone can do it – we all have improvisational musical potential. I agree to an extent, but it has to be said that, in practice, this sort of session does tend to attract the more technically capable participant.

That applies in spades to the facilitator, bassist John Pope, a North-Easterner, but with a much wider reputation. Pope is a versatile musician, with a particular penchant for improv. Over the last decade or so, I’ve seen him with outfits as diverse as Wilbur’s Fate, ALT, Archipelago, singer Lindsay Hannon’s band, a trio with reed player Chris Biscoe and another with Dutch trombonist Walter Wierbos. His own quintet has been known to range in repertoire from Ornette Coleman to Tom Waits.

 

There was lots of bass in evidence this afternoon – Pope’s double bass plus two bass guitars. The overall instrumentation also took in trumpet/ flugelhorn, keyboards, electronics, alto sax, vocals and percussion. Musically, it was consistently interesting (and way out of my playing league, although I did use my pen to tap a bit on my notebook).

 

As if to emphasise the point, part-way in, Paul Taylor showed up and contributed the standard of piano playing you would expect from somebody very good indeed. A Pope bass undertow with a Taylor lead piano was later one of the highlights of an excellent final session.

 

Having said all that, this sort of occasion certainly has its messages for the mere bystander. In particular, the insights into the improviser’s art, provided by Pope’s tutorial moments (and the feedback he got from the other musicians) were fascinating. When and how to listen, when to assert yourself and when not to, when to lead and when to follow and when to do neither. Lessons for life as well as music. Geoff Fimister

2 comments :

Andy Wood said...

As a workshop observer I was enthralled - the level of musicianship was varied and the interaction was a joy to witness. Credit to John Pope who led the session.

James Watts said...

Loads of interesting and useful stuff was taken away from this one

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