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Bebop Spoken There

Charles McPherson: “Jazz is best heard in intimate places”. (DownBeat, July, 2024).

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Ann Braithwaite (Braithwaite & Katz Communications) You’re the BEST!

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

16590 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 483 of them this year alone and, so far, 29 this month (July 14).

From This Moment On ...

July

Fri 19: Luis Verde with the Dean Stockdale Trio @ The Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. 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: Luis Verde with the Dean Stockdale Trio @ Traveller’s Rest, Darlington. 8:00pm. Opus 4 Jazz Club.
Fri 19: Zoë Gilby Trio @ Seventeen Nineteen, Hendon, Sunderland. 7:30pm.

Sat 20: Snake Davis & Helen Watson Duo @ Chopwell Community Centre NE17 7HZ. 7:30pm. £17.50.

Sun 21: Paul Skerritt @ Hibou Blanc, Newcastle. 2:00pm.
Sun 21: Salty Dog @ The Globe, Newcastle. 3:00pm.
Sun 21: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay. 3:00pm. Free. Sun 21: The Big Easy @ The White Room, Stanley. 5:00pm.
Sun 21: Ben Crosland Quartet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 22: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.

Tue 23: Nomade Swing Trio @ Newcastle House Hotel, Rothbury. 7:30pm. £10.00. Tickets from Tully’s of Rothbury or at the door (cash only). A Coquetdale Jazz event.

Wed 24: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 24: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 24: The Ronnie Scott’s Story @ The Fire Station, Sunderland. 7:30pm.
Wed 24: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.
Wed 24: Milne-Glendinning Band @ Cafédral, Owengate, Durham. 9:00pm. £9.00. & £6.00. A Durham Fringe Festival event.

Thu 25: Merlin Roxby @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. Ragtime piano. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Thu 25: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guests: Garry Hadfield (keys); Noel Dennis (tpt); Richie Emmerson (tenor sax); Adrian Beadnell (bass).
Thu 25: Milne-Glendinning Band @ Cafédral, Owengate, Durham. 9:00pm. £9.00. & £6.00. A Durham Fringe Festival event.

Monday, November 08, 2021

The Cookers live streaming from Keystone Korner, Baltimore - Nov. 7

Billy Harper (tenor sax); Donald Harrison (alto sax); Eddie Henderson (trumpet); David Weiss (trumpet); George Cables (piano); Cecil McBee (double bass); Billy Hart (drums)

The Cookers were in the home straight, the third and final day of a residency at Keystone Korner in Baltimore. Three of six concert performances were streamed across the globe, this 5:00pm (EST) set the last opportunity to logon. The all-star seven piece ensemble has shared a stage with just about every significant name of the last half century, their  collective - as yet 'not out' - innings on Planet Earth totaling in excess of five hundred years! 

The set comprised of compositions almost exclusively from within the band, the line-up largely that which twice appeared at Sage Gateshead (Jaleel Shaw depping for Donald Harrison, Danny Grissett on one occasion for George Cables). MC David Weiss made the introductions, the man himself no mean trumpet player. Billy Harper's The Call of the Wild and Peaceful Heart pulsated with George Cables' McCoy Tyner-like voicings, aided and abetted by Billy Hart's nod to Elvin Jones in the very same legendary Coltrane outfit. Harper's Croquet Ballet, as played on Tyneside, verged on hard bop territory, although somewhat refined. McBee's Close to You Alone featured alto saxophonist Donald Harrison in a show-stealing performance, his extended coda a thing of beauty. To close out the set,  Freddie Hubbard's The Core (a Jazz Messengers' chart circa '65), Harper taking on Wayne Shorter's tenor sax part and featuring the eighty years young drum master Billy Hart. Russell               
    
Set list: The Call of the Wild and Peaceful Heart (comp. Billy Harper); Peacemaker (Cecil McBee); Croquet Ballet (comp. Billy Harper); Close to You Alone (comp. Cecil McBee); The Core (comp. Freddie Hubbard).     

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