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Bebop Spoken There

Bruce Turner: "Banjos and funny hats soon became Trad's main selling points. Of the two I'd say that the hats were the lesser evil." - (Jazz News May 1989.)

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Bela Fleck: "A lot of people forget that the banjo really has a very natural place in jazz". - (Down Beat March 1997).

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Today Wednesday December 7

Afternoon.
Vieux Carre Jazzmen - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
Evening..
Take it to the Bridge (jazz workshop/jam) - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8pm. £1.
Alice Grace Quartet - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 2AE. 7:15pm. No cover charge.
Dave Rae’s Levee Ramblers - Springwell Village Hall, Fell Rd., Gateshead NE9 7RP. 0191 4162630. 9pm. £2.
Jam with Ojay - Bar Loco, Leazes Park Rd., Newcastle. 9pm. Free. Sitters-in welcome.
Tees Hot Club - Cleveland Bay, 718 Yarm Rd., Eaglescliffe TS16 0JE. 9pm. Free.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Jazz Café Jam Session - December 6

Alan Law (piano); Paul Grainger (bass); Russ Morgan (drums) + Gary Brown (bass guitar); Brenda Sokell (vocal); Paul Gowland (soprano); John Pope (bass); Matt Mackellar (drums); Don Forbes (trumpet).
(Review by Lance).
The last Jam at The Caff of 2016 had Alan Law steering the ship in the absence of Admiral Gilligan who's currently cruising in the Antipodes. Law, an admirable pianist himself, avoided any passing icebergs as he took the trio through There is no Greater Love, Close Your Eyes and It Could Happen to You.
First of the stowaways was Gar(r)y Brown on bass guitar who gave us Blue Bossa and Autumn Leaves. He claimed to be a newcomer to jazz - it didn't show!

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Saturnalia Festival @ Sage Gateshead


The ubiquitous Paul Edis has reminded me that Sage Gateshead presents its Saturnalia Festival next week on December 12, 13,& 14. As well as the main events (details) there are lots of free events on the Concourse. Participants are students and alumni bands culminating on Wednesday, December 14 with a performance by the Strictly Smokin' Big Band.

Lance.

HTrio @ The Bridge Hotel, Newcastle - November 4

Mark Hanslip (tenor), Otto Willberg (bass), Andrew Cheetham (drums). 
(Review by Steve T/Photo courtesy of Ken Drew)
Having been floored by the unrelenting intensity of the JD Allen Trio, it will be some time before I dare miss another sax, bass and drums trio, and this one a mere fifty mile round trip. 
On the surface, they were the same thing, but in reality were worlds apart. Like the folky regulars downstairs in the Bridge who seemed to spontaneously burst into a version of Sloop John B which couldn't quite decide whether it was skiffle or novelty West Coast boy band; (oops, another sacred cow sacrificed).

RIP Herbert Hardesty


Herbert Hardesty may not be a name familiar to many of us in the UK but those of us with a leaning towards early rock 'n' roll and R'n'B will know the Fats Domino records such as I'm Walkin', When my Dreamboat Comes Home and countless others. If they have a tenor sax solo on them, and they usually did, it's a fair bet that the horn player was Herbert Hardesty who died on December 3 at the age of 91.

As well as Domino, Hardesty also played with Basie, Ellington, Ray Charles and many others. He spent time in the house band of one of the Vegas hotels backing artists such as Ella, Bennett, and Sinatra as well as recording with Hank Jones in New York.
A native of New Orleans, Hardesty also played trumpet and double bass.
Rest In Peace.
Obituary.
Lance.

Monday, December 05, 2016

Kathryn Williams & Anthony Kerr @ The Globe: December 4

Kathryn Williams (vocals, guitar); Anthony Kerr (vibes)
(Review by Ann Alex).
Definitely the most unusual, freshest take on the Gasbook that I’ve heard this year, in fact for a long time. The voice was entrancing, sweet, with strong lower tones and the songs were sung with passion and heartfelt emotion. Ms. Williams is known as a contemporary folk singer and I’d go as far as to say that she brought to the songs a certain folk-like innocence which made this listener feel as if she was hearing the songs for the first time. This was partly achieved because the singer sang in English rather than with American intonation and language, for instance, ‘since my man and I aren’t together’ (not ain’t). The song was definitely the thing in this performance.

Jazz is heading to Staindrop


Teresa Driscoll has drawn my attention to an upcoming gig deep in the heart of the Durham Dales - Staindrop, to be precise.
Sax/piano duo, Ian Millar and Dominic Spencer conclude their 2016 Tour of the Village Halls with a gig at the fabulously refurbished Scarth Hall in Staindrop (DL2 3LD).
The duo have, over the past months and years, taken their music across the land, including the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and made several appearances in Co. Durham and Northumberland to much acclaim.
The concert starts at 8pm and admission is £10 which includes food. Not included in the price is the licensed bar!
For tickets or more information mail scarthhall@gmail.com or phone 078211 60223.
Lance.

Preview: Indigo Jazz Voices @ The Globe: This Thursday December 8

Jen Errington; Jenny Lingham; Carrie McCullock; David Edgar; Barry Keatings; Ann Alexander  (vocals); Alan Law (piano); Ron Pattinson (piano with Barry); Katy Trigger (bass); Nick? (drums)
Don’t miss your chance to hear the singers of Indigo Jazz Voices doing their stuff this Thursday at the Globe.  You get six individual singers for the price of one, with our own interpretations of such songs as Night In Tunisia; Sway; Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps; It Had To Be You, plus maybe some Christmas songs about Santa and snow. And you get some Christmas food to nibble as well.
The music starts at 7.30pm and admission is £4. See you there!

Ann Alex  

Change of Venue

The lunchtime concert by the Zoë Gilby Trio scheduled for Friday, December 17 has been moved from the Lit & Phil to the upper room of the Jazz Café. This is to allow Associated Board exams to take place at the former venue.
Start time remains at 1pm and admission is still only £4. Because the seating capacity at the Jazz Café is smaller it would be advisable to get there early. Doors open at 12 noon and drinks and refreshments will be available from the downstairs bar.
Paul Edis.

CD Review: Chris Ingham Quartet - Dudley.

Chris Ingham (piano); Paul Higgs (trumpet); Rev. Andrew J. Brown (bass); George Double (drums) + Harry Greene (tenor final track)
(Review by Lance).
We remember Dudley Moore as one of the outstanding British jazz pianists. In the world of the Unjazz Dudley was renowned as a comedian/actor. However, what neither parallel universes may have realised is that he was also a composer of merit who contributed scores to a number of movies that many considered to be better than the movies themselves (take note John Wilson for next season).

Sunday, December 04, 2016

Last of the jam…for this year

This week two of the region’s jam sessions wind down for Christmas. Tonight – Sunday 4th – Durham’s Empty Shop jam session is the last one of the year featuring some of the very best student musicians from Durham University. It’s free admission with a 7:30pm start on Framwellgate Bridge. Why not get along to listen or sit-in? And on Tuesday the Newcastle Jazz Café hosts its final jam session of 2016. As with its Durham counterpart, it’s free admission with an eight o’clock start. In Peter Gilligan’s absence, fellow ace pianist Alan Law steps into the breach. Again, drop by to listen or get up and show what you can do.
Russell.

Saturday, December 03, 2016

Jambone @ St James’ & St Basil’s Church. Dec 2

(Review by Russell)
Jambone, Sage Gateshead’s youth jazz ensemble performed in concert in a church setting on Friday evening. St James’ and St Basil’s in Fenham, Newcastle welcomed an audience of family, friends and supporters of the band on a rain-swept night. Wine and nibbles and, perhaps surprisingly, an above-freezing venue augured well.
Jambone’s Musical Director, Dr Paul Edis played an introductory solo composition at his well-travelled keyboard. The church piano stood idly by – perhaps it wasn’t up to scratch. Montage (comp P. Edis) focused the collective mind of the congregation. The Jamboners were champing at the bit and a couple of them stepped forward to join Edis to play on the evergreen On Green Dolphin Street

The Italian Job @ The Black Swan November 29

Tommaso Starace Sax, John Turville piano, Al Swainger bass, and Chris Nickolls drums
(Review by Steve H/Photos courtesy of Ken Drew).
This was a marvelously constructed gig: each tune played was inspired by a photograph made by the great Italian photographer Gianni Berengo Gardin. The black and white images of scenes from Italian life were projected onto a screen to one side of the stage. The quartet really managed to musically illustrate the feelings that the images portrayed. For example, the light feel of the soprano saxophone on The Bubble Vendor perfectly captured the feel of the bubbles soaring into the 1960’s Venetian sky. My own particular favourite photograph of the evening, Motion In Stillness, depicts a severe looking priest in Milan (1950) juxtaposed with a blurred spinning roundabout populated by young children enjoying themselves with gay abandon.

CD Review: Leandro Cabral Trio - Alfa

Leandro Cabral (piano); Sidiel Vieira (bass); Vitor Cabral (drums) + V.anessa Moreno (vocal); Cássio Ferreira (alto)
(Review by Lance).
For some unknown reason, maybe it was the packaging, I thought this was an ECM release.
Four bars in I knew it wasn't!
Absolutely delightful example of today's Brazillian jazz.
Cabral, a young pianist based in Sao Paolo, is a real find. Sensitive, explorative and, behind Vanessa Moreno, as sympathetic an accompanist as any singer could wish for - and Moreno isn't just 'any singer' but a sultry serenader reminiscent of Astrud Gilberto. The addition of Cássia Ferreira on sax adds to the ambiance of the track.

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Bebop Spoken Here -- Here, being the north-east of England -- centred in the blues heartland of Newcastle and reaching down to the Tees Delta and looking upwards to the Land of the Kilt.
Not a very original title, I know; not even an accurate one as my taste, whilst centred around the music of Bird and Diz, extends in many directions and I listen to everything from King Oliver to Chick Corea and beyond. Not forgetting the Great American Songbook the contents of which has provided the inspiration for much great jazz and quality popular singing for round about a century.
The idea of this blog is for you to share your thoughts and pass on your comments on discs, gigs, jazz - music in general. If you've been to a gig/concert or heard a CD that knocked you sideways please share your views with us. Tell us about your favourites, your memories, your dislikes.
Lance (Who wishes it to be known that he is not responsible for postings other than his own and that he's not always responsible for them.)
Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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