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Bebop Spoken There

Les Paul: "The most important link in an automobile is the guy driving it - (Downbeat June 30, 1954 ).
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Tom Green: “I went for a couple of [trombone] lessons with Mark Bassey, who’s absolutely inspirational. I then auditioned for the Royal Academy’s Jazz Master’s course and got in.” – (Jazzwise March 2015).

Today Monday March 2

Afternoon.
JAZZ IN THE AFTERNOON - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
Classic Jazz, Raffles and a jolly afternoon.
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BELL & BUCKET NEW ORLEANS JAZZ BAND - Bell & Bucket, 37 Norfolk St., North Shields. 1pm. Free.
Classic New Orleans. Note change from Tuesday to Monday
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Evening.
SAXOPHONES TOGETHER - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7pm £15.
First of a weekly series of saxophone workshops tutored by Gary Turner! If you're a Bird that wants to fly prepare for lift-off.

Monday, March 02, 2015

Splinter @ the Bridge present Tipping Point – March 1

James Mainwaring (sax); Matthew Bourne (keyboards); Mick Bardon (bass); Joost Hendrickx (drums). 
(Review by Steve H/Photo courtesy of Ken Drew.)
A British contemporary super group of sorts. Captain Mainwaring of Roller Trio, Mick Bardon of Shatners Basson , Joost Hendrickx of Shiver and Matthew Bourne the doyen of free piano improvisation joined forces to form Tipping Point. The band, a fairly introspective bunch, as is their music at times, communicated with the audience  only via their music (I got to find out the names of the pieces played by asking James to write them down for me at the end of the evening).

Folk Meets Jazz @ the Globe: Coming This Thursday March 5, 8pm

This Thursday, all are invited to play/listen to both Folk and Jazz music at the Jazz Coop’s open mike evening at the Globe.  Come along and sing, play or listen.  PA, piano and drum kit provided – simply bring your instrument or voice.  Everyone who wants to perform will get their chance. 

All WELCOME FREE ENTRY  GOOD COMPANY  GOOD MUSIC  WHAT’S NOT TO LIKE?
Ann Alex.

Book Review: The Best Gig in Town - Jazz Artists at the White House 1969-1974 by Edward Allan Faine

There's no shortage of jazz literature - I've a floor to ceiling wall full of them (interspersed with Chandler and Elmore Leonard) - so do we really need more?
If the tome is unique then the answer is yes.
This book is unique.
Much has been written about Richard Nixon's Presidential time in office - Watergate and all that jazz or, to be more precise, Watergate without all that jazz.
Here the jazz is given centre stage and, although Watergate is touched on, emphasis is on the bands, artists, and distinguished guests of honour who appeared in the East Room.

GIJF

Just a reminder of the goodies lined up for this year's Gateshead International Jazz Festival (April 10-12).

CD Review: Pete Oxley & Nicolas Meier - Chasing Tales.

Pete Oxley, Nicolas Meier (gtrs).
(Review by Lance)
The guitar duo has been an interesting offshoot of the jazz mainstream for most of the past century thanks to such legendary names as Eddie Lang, Lonnie Johnson, Carl Kress, Dick McDonough, George Van Eps, George Barnes, Bucky and John Pizzarelli and, in this country, Albert Harris and Ivor Mairants. As recently as Saturday night at the Jazz Café in Newcastle Roly Veitch and Giles Strong maintained the tradition of their predecessors.

Sunday, March 01, 2015

Smokin’ Spitfires @ The Cluny. Mar 1

Neil Hunter (vocals), Terry O’Hern (trombone), Alan Thompson (tenor & baritone saxophones), Steve McGarvie (alto saxophone & vocals), Geoff Owens (keyboards), Bob Garrington (guitar), Ian Rigby (bass & vocals) & Gary Cain (drums)
(Review by Russell).
The Cluny. First Sunday in the month. Doors 12:30pm. The place heaving by 1:00pm. The Smokin’ Spitfires were in town. The Temptations, Bobby Bland, Sam and Dave, Wilson Pickett. A Memphis Stax Soul Survivors’ shindig. Neil Hunter and one or two of the ‘boys’ have been at it a long time. The same Neil Hunter who fronted the north east’s big soul band par excellence, the Eastside Torpedoes (back in the day).

February Favourites

February's vocal gig of the month: Jason Isaacs at Hoochie Coochie closely followed by Lindsay Hannon at the Jazz Café.
Instrumental gig of the month:Tom Green Septet at the Jazz Café closely followed by the Dean Stockdale Trio at the Globe..
These are just some of the events that stood out for me - no doubt others have their own ideas.
Lance

Take it to the Bridge @ The Chillingham. February 25

Dave Weisser (trumpet & vocals), Ray Johnson (trumpet & flugelhorn), Dougie Fielder (tenor saxophone), Tom Lapworth (guitar), Barry Ascroft (keyboards), Ray Truscott (bass) & Norman Redhead (drums)
(Review by Russell)
Another week at the Chilli. The old hands were on parade. They were joined by guitarist Tom Lapworth (a welcome participant at jam sessions across town). The guitarist’s three friends swelled audience numbers to dizzying heights (three + two + = …at this point the Take it to the Bridge abacus lost count). The West Coast-based (Whitehaven not USA!) Dougie Fielder made the long journey to have a blow. The tenor man chanced the High Pennines’ trail, the worst of the winter behind us.

Roly Veitch & Giles Strong @ The Jazz Café. February 28

Roly Veitch & Giles Strong (guitars) + Ray Burns (harmonica) 
(Review by Russell/Photo courtesy of Mike Tilley).
Two guitars, Great American Songbook, Jobim, Django. One student of jazz guitar took a front row seat, another preferred a back row (chattering class) pew. Jazz Café regulars (an amiable bunch) secured the best available seats, the Saturday night drinking circuit crowd behind them at the bar (chatter, chatter).

Redemption Jazz @ The Globe, Newcastle. Feb. 28

John Hall (ten); Jim Hall (pno); Keith Tulip (6 string bs gtr); Martin Wake (dms).
(Review by Lance).
Wham! Bang! Thank You Mam! The powerhouse that is Redemption Jazz take no prisoners - musical aggression is their forte, triple forte to be precise. They deal out excitement by the truckload and it is a rare bird who isn't carried along in the juggernaut's slipstream.
John Hall (not to be confused with his titled namesake) plays fast and furious, his body language that of a slugger, ducking and weaving as though controlled by some invisible strings, preparatory to landing the knockout blow - why play one note when ten will do? 

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Sunday Night @ The Farm

Hope to see you this Sunday (March 1) when trumpet ace, Pete Wright (pictured), will be leading The Vieux Carré Jazzmen along with Lawrence McBriarty, trombone; Paul Gowland, tenor sax; Brian Bennett, banjo; Bill Colledge, string bass and Fred Thompson, drums.
It's a terrific evening of 20's jazz with guest singers and musicians. Showtime 8.00 - 10.00pm. Entry FREE. 
Special '2 for 1' on selected drinks including ales from 8.00 'til 9.00pm.
The Red House Farm Pub & Restaurant, Hepscott Drive, Whitley Bay NE25 9XJ
Brian B.

The Lindsay Hannon Plus @ Jazz Café - Feb 27.

Lindsay Hannon (vcl); James Harrison (pno); John Pope (bs); Tom Chapman (dms).
(Review by Lance/photo by Mike Tilley).
A cracking gig! Lindsay sounded good - don't let her tell you otherwise! Drawing mainly from her superb album - The Spy - she displayed the qualities that justify her position as being among the forefront of the select group of illustrious jazz singers around town.
We knew the music from previous gigs and, of course, the CD. 

Friday, February 27, 2015

More on Maurizio Minardi

Hi Lance, 
Don't know if you realised but Maurizio Minardi, who is playing at Hexham Jazz Club next Thursday (March 5), was one of the musicians with the RSC who came into the caff one weekend in March 2012 for the Sunday Jam (playing piano), and then joined us the following Thursday playing soprano sax. He's a very talented musician with a great lyrical approach. It should be a great gig!
Cheers
Paul Grainger

More Jam @ The Globe. February 22

(Review by Russell)
The Newcastle Jazz Co-op’s monthly jam session designed for the more experienced musician drew a healthy number of participants (two or three of them being first time visitors) to the Railway Street venue located just off Scotswood Road between Metro Radio Arena and Newcastle College. The Findens (Stuart and Fiona) led the friendly gathering and Stuart opened on guitar with Ain’t Misbehavin’, Bernie’s Tune and, at violinist Kay Usher’s suggestion a Latin feel on Out of Nowhere.

Strictly Smokin' Big Band @ The Millstone Feb.26.

(Review by Lance).
When you've heard a band so many times the problem you are presented with is what can you say that you haven't already said before? 
The answer is found in the equation w + x + y = n².
w = enthusiasm, x = superb arrangements, y = brilliant soloists, n = Basie (and the rest) squared!
Not that this is a mathematically regimentated band - far from it! They're tight when it needs to be tight and loose when fluidity calls.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

CD Review: Carsten Dahl - Bach Goldberg Variations

Carsten Dahl (prepared piano).
(Review by Lance).
"What?" I hear you ask, "Is a 'prepared piano'?). To quote from the blurb:“Bach Goldberg Variations“ was recorded on a prepared piano, giving it its unique sound. Carsten Dahl placed snare wires on the piano wires to create a distorted sound that’s like a cross between a harpsichord, a sitar, a classical piano, an upright piano, a guitar and a banjo.

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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.)
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