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Bebop Spoken There

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Postage

16350 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 230 of them this year alone and, so far, 27 this month (April 11).

From This Moment On ...

April

Sat 13: Giles Strong Quartet @ Claypath Deli, Durham. 7:00-9:00pm. £10.00.
Sat 13: Phantom Bagman + Forgetmenots @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 7:30pm.£5.00. + bf. Upstairs.
Sat 13: Rockin’ Turner Brothers @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig. Downstairs.

Sun 14: Am Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 2:00pm. Free.
Sun 14: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay Metro Station. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 14: Alan Law, Jude Murphy & Tim Johnston @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 7:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Sun 14: JazzMain @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 15: Dave Newton @ Yamaha Music School, Seaforth St., Blyth NE24 1AY. 1:00 - 1:45pm. £8.00. + bf. Newton, solo piano.
Mon 15: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Mon 15: Hideout @ Cluny 2, Newcastle. 7:00pm. £7.50 + £1.33 bf. Feat. Sleep Suppressor + Flat Moon.
Mon 15: Russ Morgan Quartet @ The Black Bull, Blaydon. 8:00pm. £8.00.

Tue 16: The Horne Section’s Hit Show @ Middlesbrough Town Hall. 7:30pm.
Tue 16: Jam session @ The Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free. House trio: Bradley Johnston, Paul Grainger, Bailey Rudd.

Wed 17: Bailey Rudd (Minor Recital) @ The Music Studios, Haymarket Lane, Newcastle University. 11:40am. Bailey Rudd (drums). Open to the public.
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: The Horne Section’s Hit Show @ The Gala, Durham. 7:30pm. SOLD OUT!
Wed 17: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.

Thu 18: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 18: NONUNONU @ Elder Beer Café, Chillingham Road, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Thu 18: Knats @ Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle. 8:00pm (doors 7:30pm). £8.00. + bf. Support act TBC.
Thu 18: Merlin Roxby @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig. Ragtime piano.
Thu 18: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guest band night with Just Friends: Ian Bosworth (guitar); Donna Hewitt (sax); Dave Archbold (keys); Ron Smith (bass); Mark Hawkins (drums).

Fri 19: Cia Tomasso @ The Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. ‘Cia Tomasso sings Billie Holiday’. 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: Lindsay Hannon: Tom Waits for No Man @ Seventeen Nineteen, Hendon, Sunderland. 7:30pm.
Fri 19: Levitation Orchestra + Nauta @ Cluny 2, Newcastle. 7:30pm (doors). £11.00.
Fri 19: Strictly Smokin’ Big Band @ The Witham, Barnard Castle. 8:00pm. ‘Ella & Ellington’.

Thursday, September 01, 2022

T-A-B plays Miles Davis @ The Bridge Hotel, Newcastle - August 31

Tom Atkinson (guitar); Jack Courtney (trumpet); Sue Ferris (tenor sax, flute); Deon Krishnan (bass); Jeff Armstrong (drums)

We'd been here before, last night in fact! Two nights in the Bridge Hotel listening to Tom Atkinson's jazz rock/jazz fusion outfit was an exhilarating experience with no concessions made to those of a fragile disposition. Five musicians committed to the music, played at volume, the audience open to the intensity of it all.
This second night focused upon Miles Davis' Jack Johnson album. The famed American trumpeter was known for his, at times, lack of communication with his audience. As the band took to the stage at the Bridge Hotel it struck your correspondent that Atkinson eschews the limelight. Hiding beneath and behind a cap and dark shades, our man didn't say a word as the T-A-B (Tom Atkinson Band) launched into an uninterrupted set lasting close on ninety minutes.

And launch into the set they did, exploding into a cacophony of noise! Some reviews tend to mention rhythm sections almost as an afterthought. Let's turn it on its head, bassist Deon Krishnan and drummer Jeff Armstrong were immense. Fully concentrated, Krishnan locking onto a relentless groove, Armstrong the powerhouse, à la Jack DeJohnette circa 1970! The horns - trumpeter Jack Courtney and alto saxophonist/flautist Sue Ferris - couldn't have wished for a better foundation. 

Atkinson, pedal board at his feet, was in total command of the situation: searing rock guitar lines with a Zappa-like enthusiasm for a 'jazz chord', Courtney firing spectacular volley after spectacular volley, Ferris doing on alto sax what she frequently does on baritone, that is absolutely nailing it!*

Ninety minutes later we were done. Shyly, Atkinson introduced his band mates. It was the least he could do! Two tremendous gigs. Here's to the next time!

Here's an idea...T-A-B plays Frank Zappa's Hot Rats... Russell

2 comments :

Unknown said...

They was miles beyond!

Chris Kilsby said...

These two gigs sound brilliant. I am so disappointed to have missed them.
The great music of the early 70s (and the groundbreaking style) is worthy of more attention and playing (by musicians like this lot with the talent as well as the inclination!)
Hopefully I'll catch a gig by TAB sometime soon! The repertoire is spot on, maybe some Nucleus while they're on it?!

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