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Bebop Spoken There

“My one complaint is the guys who go to bed as frustrated trumpet players and wake up the next morning as modern jazz drummers.”Elvin Jones (Down Beat March 24, 1966).

Bebop Spoken There Archives: Greg Abate to Mike Zwerin.

Today Sunday April 20

Afternoon
JAM SESSION - Salsa Café, Westgate Rd., Newcastle. 3pm-6pm. Free.
Come and have a blow!
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MARK WILLIAMS (Solo guitar) - Cherry Tree, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 2AE. 0191 2399924. 1pm.
Quality food and solo jazz.
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Evening.
PETER GILLIGAN QUINTET - Bridge Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle, NE1 1RQ. £6. 8.15pm.
A tribute to Horace Silver - recommended.
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ALTER EGO - Black Bull, Bridge St., Blaydon NE21 4JJ. 8pm. £5.
Great modern sounds.
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PAUL SKERRITT BAND - McOrville Pub, 34 The Green, Hartlepool TS27 3EF. 6.30pm. Free.
Top vocalist, top backing.
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MAINE STREET JAZZMEN - Seaton Sluice Social Club. 8pm. £3
Monthly residency - Back May 18
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Off this week - The Forum, Borough Rd., Darlington DL1 1SG. 6pm. £4/£2.
Back next weekend for Darlo Jazz Festival.
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VIEUX CARRE JAZZMEN - Redhouse Farm Pub and Restaurant, Hepscott Drive, Whitley Bay NE25 9XJ. 8pm. Free.
First of the month residency for VCJ.
Back on May 4.
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MUSICIANS UNLIMITED BIG BAND - Park Inn, Park Rd., Hartlepool TS26 9HU. Free. 1pm-3pm.
Always a good way to spend Sunday afternoon listening to a band in The Park - Easter break back on May 4.
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Sunday, April 20, 2014

CD Review: Jeremy Wilms - Diamond People.

Jeremy Wilms (gtr/Rhodes); Matt Hilgenberg (tpt); Cochemea Gastelum (sax); Steve Blanco (keys); Danton Boller (bs); Tomas Fujiwara/Greg Gonzalez (dms); Reinaldo De Jesus (perc).
(Review by Lance).
Diamond People indeed! Wilms and his cohorts are just some of the many New York musicians (and likewise the many talented and creative musicians in this country) whose names may be lost mid-Atlantic were it not for sites such as ourselves.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Peter Gilligan interviewed by Zoe Gilby

Z: Tell us a bit about your band. How it formed? band line up and their influences?
P: The Music of Horace Silver band was formed following chats between Paul, Don and Myself about the prolific, brilliant composer that is Horace Silver. Prompted even further by the (inaccurate) reports of his death, we decided it would be cool to form a quintet and learn, play, attempt a selection of his music.

Burandanga @ Hoochie Coochie April 18.

Gemma Hutton/Belinda Voshtina (vcls); Alan Law (pno); Ian Simpson (gtr); Katy Trigger (bs); Paco Rivera/Carlos Rivera (perc.).
(Review by Lance).
Good Friday, Bad Friday, Any Friday "The Toon" is overrun with packs of hunters and predators roaming the streets in search of watering holes and mating opportunities. Those hoping to score for something more stimulating may have been drawn to Hoochie Coochie who were advertising Burundanga Free!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Book Review: Bathed in Lightning: John McLaughlin, the 60s and the Emerald Beyond by Colin Harper, Jawbone Press.

(Review by JC)
I can still remember the excitement as a teenager of hearing the Mahavishnu Orchestra's album the Inner Mounting Flame for the first time. Obviously the speed of playing was staggering but so also was the fusion of jazz and rock and Eastern and Indian influences. And then there were some really weird, but memorable, time signatures. We knew about John McLaughlin from his recordings with Miles Davis, particularly Bitches Brew, but this was something else. The album was much played over the following months. Even now when some of us from those days meet up, a few MO tracks are usually played again.

CD Review: Yolanda Duke - Te Llevo Bajo La Piel

Yolanda Duke (vocal); Arturo Sandoval (piano & trumpet); Champian Fulton, Ricky Gonzalez, Sonny Bravo (piano); Ruben Rodriguez, Gerry Madera (bass); Willie-Cuch Be Wictha-Martinez (drums); Jose Madera (timbales); John Rodriguez (bongo, bell, guiro); Luis Quintero (conga, bongo, guiro, bell, timbales); George Delgado (conga); Bobby Portcelli (alto sax, flute); Pete Miranda (baritone sax); Mitch Fruhman, Pete Brainin, Todd Brashore (tenor sax, flute); John Walsh, Kevin Bryan, Pete Nater,Richard Viruet (trumpet); Lewis Kahn, Noah Bless, Reynaldo Jorge, Sam Burtis (Trombone)
(Review by Ann Alex).
Yolanda Duke grew up in New York City and she has performed in venues around the world with the Tito Puente Latin Jazz Orchestra.  She is experienced in singing Latin jazz, merengue, ballads, bossa nova, salsa and bolero, and this is her latest CD.  I’m no expert in those different styles but I know a good CD when I hear it, and this is certainly tops. 

Art Pepper

Go here to hear Art Pepper - it's beautiful in fact it's But Beautiful.
Thanks to Laurie Pepper for making this available.
Lance.

Pilgrim St. Set @ Hoochie Coochie. April 17











Richard Burns (tpt); Gary Turner (ten); Paul Edis (pno); Paul Susans (bs. gtr); Rob Walker (dms).
(Review by Lance/Photo courtesy of Jerry Edis.)
In contrast to last month's "select audience" this time round the joint was jumpin'. Of course it was Easter Eve which is as good an excuse as any to get bladdered - the Hoochie slogan "Every true music believer now has their church" certainly rung true tonight.

CD Review Led Bib The People in Your Neighbourhood

Mark Holub (drums), Pete Grogan (alto saxophone), Chris Williams (alto saxophone), Liran Donin (bass) & Toby McLaren (keyboards & piano)
(Review by Russell)
A crowd funding campaign helped fund the making of Led Bib’s new release. The Mercury Prize nominated quintet have rewarded those who donated to the project with a recording embracing the familiar groove and newer chilled-out elements. Altoist Chris Williams’ own tune New Teles opens the album and it is the composer who sets the pace. 

Thursday, April 17, 2014

COMPETITION TIME!!!

Win a Northern Monkey Brass Band High On Life CD and Free Entry for 2 to the launch gig on 6th July at Hoochie Coochie in Newcastle!
We're often approached after gigs by people saying "You should do a version of 'this' tune" or "I'd love to hear you play 'that' tune" etc, so to mark the band's first CD launch, we want you to nominate a piece of music you'd like to hear us play.
The suggestion we like the most will be played at the gig, the person that nominates it will win our CD, 'High On Life', plus free entry for them and a guest to the gig itself.

Fred Wesley @ Ned Kelly's

Those of us who were knocked out by Fred Wesley and the JB Horns when they played Hoochie last year will like these photos and comments by our man in Hong Kong after members of the band jammed at Ned's.
Great night at Ned’s with Fred Wesley and Ernie Field on tenor sax, who played one set with us, Fred is 71 and Ernie Field Jnr is 81. As many of you will probably know his father had his own big band and made a few albums. Some great stories from Ernie of when he was with the Hampton Big Band, nice guys and they really enjoyed themselves.
Colin.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Chaka Khan @ Hoochie next month!

We are honoured to announce the appearance of Chaka Khan & Incognito @ Hoochie Coochie on May 17. Chaka Khan has sold 200 million records & won 10 Grammy's . This is a once in a lifetime gig to see her up close with 249 other people. Any profit from the gig will be donated to The Chaka Khan Foundation which helps women & children. Tickets will not last long. - Warren.
http://hoochiecoochie.skiddletickets.com/event.php?id=12158858

CD Review: Nancy Goudinaki - I Wanna Be Your Star

Nancy Goudinaki (vocals, electro-classical guitar); Orrin Evans (piano, arrangements); Dwayne Burno (bass); J D Allen (tenor sax); Rudy Royston (drums); also guests Miles Griffith (vocals); Daniel Sadownick (percussion); Richie Goods (bass).
(Review by Ann Alex).
 Ms Goudinaki hails from Greece and this is her debut album.  She was trained in classical guitar but she felt inspired to sing jazz, and she is making a name for herself in and around New York.  The CD includes standards, Almost Like Being In Love; I’ll Be Seeing You; Fine And Mellow; My Heart Stood Still; A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square; Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea;, two originals by Ms Goudini Bird Of Paradise; I Wanna Be Your Star; and another two tracks Just Friends and an instrumental Milonga.

R.I.P. Jimmy McDowell

Just received the sad news that my dear friend and fellow jazz fan Jim McDowell passed away this morning. We'd known each other for over 50 years and when I got married Jimmy was my best man. In the photo Jimmy is at the piano and we had a jam as we waited for the taxi to take us to the church. I remember we were playing Sir Charles Thompson's Robbin's Nest (probably rather badly!).
Over the years Jim and I attended many jazz gigs and concerts at Newcastle City Hall, Corner House, Side Café, Bridge, Sage etc. and there was also a memorable trip to Leeds to see Dave Brubeck.
We shared an interest in cycling and had several Sunday bike rides. Until fairly recently Jimmy was a regular at the Splinter at the Bridge sessions until Parkinson's Disease limited his mobility.
After my wedding Jimmy and Marlene's bridesmaid, Valerie, got together and they too married and the friendship between the four of us continued to this very day augmented by their daughter Jane.
It is to Valerie and Jane that our sympathies go out to and the memories we all shared.
Rest In Peace dear friend.
Lance.

Jazz Café Jam Session - April 15

Peter Gilligan (pno); Paul Grainger (bs); Paul Wight (dms) + Stuart Finden (ten); Fiona Finden (vcl); Ray Truscott (bs); Ian Forbes (dms); Josh Bentham (alt); Paul Skerritt (vcl); Paul Gowland (ten); Kath Jobes (vcl); Belinda Voshtina (vcl).
(Review by Lance/Photo of Fiona and Stuart Finden courtesy of Mike Tilley.)
The trio got things off to a good start with Horace Silver's St. Vitus Dance - a prequel to Sunday's Silver tribute session at the Bridge by Gilligan and co - book your seat now! I Fall in Love Too Easily, Alice in Wonderland and My Romance, taken at a most unromantic tempo, set the scene for the jammers waiting in the wings.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

JJA Awards 2014

This year's Jazz Journalists Association Awards can be found here - quite a few names seen and heard recently on Tyneside are among the winners.
Lance.

Pink Lane Jazz Co-op at The Globe is going ahead!

Good news! Pink Lane Jazz Co-op at The Globe is going ahead. It will be the first freehold music venue in the UK to be owned by its members.
We've raised the money we needed to get started and we've instructed our solicitor to proceed with the purchase. We’ll post more details when the sale is completed.
We’d like to say a huge thank you to all the people who have invested in this exciting venture and to those who have helped to promote and publicise it. Our community share issue exceeded our target. We don’t know the exact sum invested yet because there are still cheques arriving in the post. We’ll give you an accurate figure in the next couple of days. Thank you all.

Britain's Greatest Ever Jazz Musician?


Simon Whittle uploaded this magnificent shot of Tubby Hayes to the Facebook page of the Tubby Hayes Appreciation Society.
Britain's greatest ever jazz musician? I wouldn't bet against it although I'm sure others will!
Lance.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Mitch Laddie Band @ The Tyne Bar. April 13

Mitch Laddie (guitar & vocals), Rhian Wilkinson (electric bass) & Matt Connor (drums)
(Review by Russell)
Sunday afternoons at the Tyne Bar are invariably busy with regulars eager to hear some blues. This week the Maling Street hostelry almost burst at the seams. Three deep at the bar (Wylam beers occupying every hand pull), they had come to hear Mitch Laddie. The man from out Consett way plays gigs in pubs, clubs, concert halls (Sage Gateshead) and on the blues festival circuit. Laddie, five string bassist Rhian Wilkinson and drummer Matt Connor make for the tightest of units rampaging across a blues rock landscape, the big bonus being they avoid the mind-numbing, sledgehammer approach.

Preview Darlington Jazz Festival April 24 – 27

(Preview by Russell).
The third Darlington Jazz Festival runs over four days, at three venues, wider in scope and ambition. The Forum Music Centre on Borough Road (the event’s HQ in previous years) presents a workshop and a full day of music (twelve hours worth!), the Head of Steam  (Darlington Railway Museum) on Station Road (a new venue) offers ten hours of jazz and the Voodoo Café on Skinnergate hosts a late night session of danceable Latin American sounds.
The first event takes place at the Forum on Thursday evening (April 24). Trumpeter Matt Roberts will lead a workshop for all ages and abilities, sectional tutors will be on hand and take note - the event is certain to be over-subscribed, so be quick, contact details. The workshop fee is a bargain £6.00., 5:30 pm start.

This Sunday (April 20) @ Blaydon.

Alter Ego
This great sextet has six of the North's finest jazz musicians. Since their début performance in 2008, Alter Ego have entertained audiences at many North East jazz venues and festivals. The group draw much of their material from the rich catalogue of original compositions created by the likes of Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, Hank Mobley and Miles Davis. The result is a stylistically varied programme including Up-tempo Swing, Hard Bop, Funk and Latin Jazz. 
“The spirit of the Jazz Messengers is with the band from first note to last.” - Lance Liddle, Bebop Spoken Here.
Roly.
Sunday April 20 - Black Bull, Blaydon. 8pm. £5.

Krysztof Urbanski - The Urban Jazz Society @ Bridge Hotel, Newcastle. April 13.

Krysztof  Urbanski (ten/alt); Martin Longhawn (pno); Sam Vicary (bs); Sam Gardner (dms).
(Review by Lance/Photos courtesy of Ken Drew).
If Johnny Hodges had played tenor, tonewise, he may have resembled Urbanski particularly in the latter's opening, unaccompanied, introduction to Nature Boy. Paradoxically, when Urbanski did play alto in the second set he sounded nothing like Hodges!
Nature Boy was the only non-original composition, the rest were mainly from the pen of the leader who never fails to impress with his big saxophone sound and technique to match.

CD Review: Colin Vallon Trio - Le Vent

Colin Vallon – piano   Patrice Moret – bass  Julian Sartorus – drums.
(Review by Steve H.)
This is the Swiss trio’s second ECM album. It’s a very modern European offering revolving not around virtuoso solos but a collaboration of like minded musicians who have produced a piece of work which may not have you jumping around on the kitchen table with excitement but instead will provide a stimulating relaxing and peaceful experience.  This is definitely more Swiss Roll than rock and roll but sometimes it’s nice to have your cake and eat  it.

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

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