Total Pageviews

Bebop Spoken There

Artie Shaw: "There is more to music than Stardust." - (Down Beat February 25, 1949).

Anthony Gilroy, director of marketing and communications for Steinway & Sons Americas: “People pay what they do for a Steinway because of the quality of the instrument and the music it produces, but also the longevity of the piano.” – (Down Beat September 2014).

Bebop Spoken There Archives.

Today Tuesday September 30

Afternoon.
PAUL's NEW ORLEANS MUSIC SHOW - Bell & Bucket, 37 Norfolk St., North Shields. 1pm. Free.
Classic New Orleans with the MISSISSIPPI DREAMBOATS.
-----
Evening.
MAINE ST. JAZZMEN - British Legion, West Jesmond (nr. Metro Station). 8:30pm. £5.
Always a stomping good session.
-----
LULO REINHARDT LATIN SWING PROJECT - Sage Gateshead. 8pm. £16/£14.
Django's great nephew! Can he match up? I'm laying odds he can...
-----
LANA TRIO - Jazz Café, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5SG. 8pm. £8/£6.
A Schmazz session featuring a Scandinavian band (trombone, piano & drums).
-----
DB PROJECT - Three Tuns, Sheriff's Highway, Gateshead NE9 5SD. 8pm.
Davey Sax and his boys are very ubiquitous and it's to my shame that I haven't caught them live as of yet. But reports are good so this might be the night to check 'em out.
-----
GAVIN LEE's DIXIELAND JAZZ BAND - New Inn, 29 Church St., Durham. DH1 3DN. 9pm. Free.
Gavin's bands are always interesting and this is well worth the trip.
-----
PAUL SKERRITT BAND - Park Inn, Park Rd., Hartlepool TS28 9HU. 9pm. Free.
Last Tuesday in the month - Tonight's the night!
-----
JAM SESSION - Jazz Café, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5SG. 8pm. Free.
Come and jam with Peter Gilligan, Paul Grainger & Paul Wight.First and third Tuesdays - Back on October 7
-----
HENRY'S SWING CLUB - Brandling Villa, South Gosforth. 8.30pm. Free.
Monthly Blues Jam next one Oct. 7!
-----
IMPROV WORKSHOP- Jazz Café, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5SG. 8pm. Free.
Develop your skills with top players.
Monthly - Back October 21.
-----
JAZZ CLUB - Saltburn Conservative Club, Saltburn by the Sea. 8.30pm. Free.
Ian Bosworth (gtr); Jeff Aucott (Hammond); John Sparrow (dms); Adrian Beadnell (bs) + guests.
Jazz returns in October.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Sid Scott Orchestra @ The Bridge Hotel. September 28

Ray Truscott (electric bass), Paul Gowland (tenor & alto saxophones, synthesizer) & Paul Wight (drums)
(Review by Russell).
Sid couldn’t make the gig with HMRC on his trail. The other Sids did make it. Confused? You will be. The ‘orchestra’ packed a punch. The massed ranks of the sections distilled, a familiar-looking trio took to the floor promising/threatening Weather Report stadium-gig power in the upstairs room at the Bridge Hotel. Those in the know took back row seats.

Philip Clouts Tour Dates

The Philip Clouts Quartet will shortly embark on their Autumn 2014 Tour. Newcastle's Jazz Café hosts them on October 31.
Link to other dates.
Lance.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Globe Seek Digital Piano

The Jazz Co-op need a good quality digital piano available for use at the Globe.
Before going to the expense of buying a new one, does anyone have a suitable keyboard that they could borrow, hire or buy?

Released Today.

The Whirlwind Album by Jim Hart's Cloudmakers Trio - Abstract Forces is available today.
Check out Wes Stephenson's review.
Lance.

CD Review: Julie Kelly - Happy To Be.

Julie Kelly (vcld); Bill Cunliffe (pno/synth); Anthony Wilson (gtr); Tom Warrington (bs); Joe LaBarbera (dms); Walter Rodriguez (perc.); Bob Sheppard (sax/fl); Clay Jenkins (tpt); Ron Stout (flug); Bob McChesney (tmb); Kim Richmond (sax); Nick Mancini (vbs); John Prouix (guest vocal).
(Review by Lance).
Not to be confused with Juliet Kelly who recently played a JNE gig at the Black Swan in Newcastle, Julie Kelly is a California based singer and this is her album number 8.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

From New Orleans to Birmingham (Birmingham, England)

Your regular date with Paul Jones (Monday 29th September, Radio 2, 7:00pm) features a live session from Woody Mann and the New Yorker talks to Jones about his involvement in a film documentary – Harlem Street Singer – about the Rev Gary Davis. Tuesday’s In Tune (Radio 3, 4:30pm) includes a performance by Spanish jazz singer, trumpeter, saxophonist Andrea Motis and pianist Peter Edwards talks to Jamie Cullum (Radio 2, 7:00pm).
The Glenn Miller Story is hidden away on freeview channel 5USA on Wednesday afternoon (1:40pm). Reimagining the City (a repeat of a five part documentary, Monday to Friday, Radio 4, 11:30pm) is, ostensibly, nothing to do with jazz (a bit like Glenn Miller!) however, part one on Monday visits New Orleans and Friday’s concluding part visits Birmingham, presented by Soweto Kinch who grew up in a Brummie tower block.

Russell.                        

Alex Baker Quartet @ The Jazz Café. September 27

Alex Baker (tenor saxophone), Dean Stockdale (keyboards), Amy Baker (electric bass) & Stephen Fletcher (drums)
(Review by Russell/photos courtesy of Mike Tilley).
Saturday night in the Jazz Café and a good crowd (some new faces) turned out to hear Alex Baker. The self effacing tenor man emerged from the ranks of the Durham County Youth Big Band, relocated to Sheffield and makes oh-so-rare appearances as a member of the Durham County’s alumni band.

Saxophonics @ The Jazz Café. September 26

Keith Robinson (alto), Steve Summers (alto & tenor), Graeme Wilson (tenor) & Niall Armstrong (baritone)
(Review by Russell/photo courtesy of Mike Tilley.)
Friday night in the Jazz Café and it wasn’t too busy. The listening few enjoyed another fine performance from the supremely talented saxophone quartet Saxophonics. Keith Robinson led the ensemble through two sets of well-honed material, much of it composed and/or arranged by the versatile Graeme Wilson. Twenty four hours earlier the amiable Scot had been on stage at Sage Gateshead as a member of the Paul Edis Sextet. Altoists Robinson and Steve Summers similarly were on duty with the Strictly Smokin’ Big Band the previous evening down at the Millstone.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Lindsay Hannon/Alan Law @ Jazz Café - Macmillan Cancer Care Coffee Afternoon.

Lindsay Hannon (vcl); Alan Law (pno).
(Review by Lance/photo courtesy of Mike Tilley).
A coffee afternoon (to allow late night jazzers time to get out of bed) didn't draw the charitably minded members of the community in the numbers anticipated. Perhaps it should have held with tradition and made it a Coffee Morning thus catching the jazz owls before they went to bed! Whatever, if you missed it it was your, and unfortunately, Macmillan Cancer Care's loss.
A chocolate walnut gateaux that probably contained all of the calories in the world went down a treat as did the duo up front.

Celebrating Thirty Years of Jazz at Blaydon

Mark Toomey (alto sax) Noel Dennis (trumpet & flugelhorn) Jeremy McMurray (piano) Neil Harland (bass) David Francis (drums) and the man himself ROLY VEITCH (guitar/vocal). 
(Review by Kathy/Photo by Elaine Francis.)
Last Sunday (September 21) there was a very important event at the Black Bull Pub, Blaydon.
A celebration of 30 years of Jazz and all thanks to the tireless efforts of ROLY VEITCH.

CD Review: Alison Rayner Quintet - August.

Alison Rayner (bs); Buster Birch (dms); Deirdre Cartwright (gtr); Diane McLoughlin (sop/ten); Steve Lodder (pno).
(Review by Lance).
With the exception of The Beatles' Fixing a Hole, all the compositions are composed and arranged by Ms Rayner who also provided her own take on The Beatles' number. The inspirations are many - the mind-turning moments when jazz-rock captured her after listening to Jaco and Stanley Clarke, the ending of relationships, the loss of parents, a hilltop town in Andalucia, bebop, Monk and Muppets, Sly, Ernest Ranglin and Cannonball, to mention but some. Those, most of whom are now gone, could have no better tribute paid to their memory than by the music on this album of delight.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Congratulations to John Taylor and Ashington Jazz Club

Great news from Jazz North. In a competition on promoters day at Manchester Jazz Festival I won the competition in which I had to see 12 bands in 12 hours. The prize was part sponsorship for a band of my choice!!!! 
This results in Zoe Gilby being booked for Ashington Jazz Club on May 6 next year - first date we could firm up on.
John Taylor

Paul Edis Sextet @ Sage Gateshead. CD launch of Mr. Hipster. Sept. 25

Paul Edis (piano), Graham Hardy (trumpet & flugelhorn), Graeme Wilson (tenor & baritone saxophones), Chris Hibbard (trombone), Mick Shoulder (double bass) & Adam Sinclair (drums).
(Review by Lance/photo by Jerry Edis.)
There have been several ground-breaking bands in the north-east during my lifetime. The innovative (in its day) Dixieland of the Panama Jazzmen and the hard bop of the Emcee Five - until last night the yardstick by which bands north, south, east and west of Sage Gateshead,  have been judged.
Until now.
Last night's CD launch by the Edis Sextet placed them firmly on that exclusive plateau. This was music played by a band and composed by a leader that bore comparision with anything recorded in London, LA or New York over the past 50 years - maybe longer.
Originals that are original and solos that display technique and creativity without resorting to banshee-like howls made this a most enjoyable evening.
Russell gave a rave review to the CD which, rather than duplicating with my own misspelt rhetoric, I can do no worse than to refer you to that review via the link below.
Link.  
Ken Drew photo.
Lance.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Jazz on BBC under threat?

(Post from Kerstan of Riot Squad Publicity.)
I don't know if you have heard but there is a BBC Trust review of their music services. 
Jazz is already something of a pauper on the BBC - compared to classical and pop music at least and I think there is a real danger of the music being further marginalised. 
With cuts meaning less hours and less budget for recordings and reporting. We can't afford for this to happen.

CD Review: Jesse Bannister - Play Out

Jesse Bannister (alto); Zoe Rahman (pno); Kenny Higgins (bs); Seb Rochford (bs).
(Review by Lance.)
A faculty member of the renowned Leeds College of Music from 1995-2013, Bannister has finally emerged to front a trio of big hitters on this, his début album. It's impressive. A fluent technique and a melodic flare combine to make him one of the more interesting guys to grace the buoyant Yorkshire scene. Bannister's music draws extensively on his cosmopolitan background. We hear shades of Indo-Jazz, Afro-Caribbean, maybe some reggae and other, to my ears, indiscernible influences.   Contemporary? Yes, but it's also very accessible.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Festival Weekend


It's festival time either side of the border this weekend. The Scarborough Jazz Festival in North Yorkshire and the Lockerbie Jazz Festival held at Lockerbie, Moffat and Annan, both take place on Friday /Saturday/ Sunday (Sept. 26/27/28).
This is unfortunate timing as I know several folks who would like to take in both events.
However, this year it's one or the other. They're both great weekends.
Below are links to help you make a last minute decision.
Lance.
Scarborough.
Lockerbie.

Blog Archive

Posting a Comment

Posting a comment.

1) Click on comments (at the foot of the posting.).

2) In the window that appears Click on...O Name/URL.

3) Type your name in the box (URL is optional).

4) Click on PUBLISH YOUR COMMENT.

5) Type the jumbled word verification if asked.

-----

Alternatively, email me - lanceliddle@gmail.com.

About this blog - contact details.

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.)
PS:I don't care what your political views are - you can love or hate Cameron, Clegg, Milliband, Farage, Genghis Khan or Julius Caesar - just don't air them here!
Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

Subscribe!