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Bebop Spoken There

Ahmad Jamal: "[On commercial success] If Leopold Stokowski couldn't have afforded a baton, I don't think he would have enjoyed his career as much" - Crescendo, February 1982.

Avishai Cohen: “For me, Billie Holiday is the ultimate example of singing nothing but the truth.” – (Jazz Times October 2014).

Bebop Spoken There Archives.

Today Thursday October 30

Afternoon.
VIEUX CARRE JAZZMEN - The Millstone, Haddricks Mill Rd., South Gosforth, NE3 1QL. 1:00pm. 0191 2853429. FREE.
New Orleans in nice pub with 4 real ales, good food and a banjo!
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AN IMPROVISATION COURSE FOR MUSICIANS - Unitarian church, Ellison Place, Newcastle NE1 8XG. 1pm-3pm. 7 week course £40.
Steve Glendinning is the Guru in this inspiring enterprise.
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JAZZ APPRECIATION - Unitarian church, Ellison Place, Newcastle NE1 8XG. 3pm - 5pm. 7 week course £40.
Steve Glendinning is again at the helm lecturing on the music we love and much more.
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ELLA EL-SALAHI (voice) - Kings Hall, Newcastle University. 4pm. Free.
An hour long performance. The vocalist with the Newcastle Uni Jazz Orch. is one of several students taking part
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Evening
MAINE STREET JAZZMEN - Potters Wheel, Sunniside, NE16 5EE. 8.30pm. Free.
Good Time jazz with vocals by Olive.
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GREGORY PORTER - Sage Gateshead, St Mary's Square, Gateshead, NE8 2JR. 0191 4434661. 7.30pm. £35/£30.
The Messiah cometh! But check first - it may be sold out!
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THE TEES HOT CLUB - Dormans, Oxford Rd., Linthorpe, Middlesborough, TS5 5DT. 01642 823813. 9pm. Free admission.
Gypsy jazz with guests Josh Bentham (alto); Kevin Eland (tpt).
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POCKET JAZZ ORCHESTRA - Ship, Church Lane, Redmarshall, Stockton TS21 1EP. 8pm.
Jeremy McMurray, Peter Ayton, Paul Smith and guests.
Monthly - tonight's the night.
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STRICTLY SMOKIN' BIG BAND - The Millstone, Haddricks Mill Rd., South Gosforth, NE3 1QL. 7pm. Free.
Monthly - tonight's the night.
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LEVEE RAMBLERS NOJB - St. Joseph's CMS Club, Birtley. 8.15pm. £3/£2.50.
Monthly - back Nov. 6.
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THE COLLECTIVE - Hoochie Coochie, 54 Pilgrim St.,Newcastle NE1 6SF. 8pm Free. Cocktails 2 for 1 till 10pm.
Best young talent around. Monthly - Back Nov. 13
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THE PILGRIM ST. SET - Hoochie Coochie, 54 Pilgrim St.,Newcastle NE1 6SF. 8pm Free. Cocktails 2 for 1 till 10pm.
Monthly Groove with Paul Edis, Richard Burns, Gary Turner, Paul Susans and Rob Walker. Monthly Back Nov. 20.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

CD Review: Delfeayo Marsalis - The Last Southern Gentleman.

Delfeayo Marsalis (tmb); Ellis Marsalis (pno); John Clayton (bs); Marvin"Smitty" Smith.
(Review by Lance).
I cannot recall the last time, if ever, I've had a trombone led quartet disc to review - more's the pity! Delfeayo, brother of  Wynton, Branford, Jason and son of Ellis (here on piano), is a trombonist of comparable talent to his better known siblings. Very much an old school player but with a modern approach. Think of Vic Dickenson or Trummy and you can see where he's coming from. Adding a hint of Jimmy Knepper, JJ and maybe Slide Hampton brings you a little closer, then take into account the Marsalis genes and you have the complete product - a product of the New Orleans of today born in the Big Easy of yesterday. Easy it may be but it's not elevator music! No siree!  

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Jazz Musicians Thinking Allowed

In today’s edition of Thinking Allowed (Radio 4, 4:00pm) Laurie Taylor discusses an academic paper on the subject of the employment realities facing the ‘creative worker’.
A case study focuses on the world of the jazz musician – the jam session, the function work, the day to day struggle to make ends meet. The programme is repeated at 12:15 am Monday (Sunday night/Monday morning) and is available on BBC iPlayer.
Russell.

Preview: Abdullah Ibrahim @ Sage Gateshead

Abdullah Ibrahim has, in the course of 80 years, emerged from his early days in South Africa, where he was known as Dollar Brand - Brand being his birth name - to today where the name of Abdullah Ibrahim is revered in jazz piano circles worldwide.
A few years back he thrilled the audience at the Gateshead International Jazz Festival with a concert by his band Ekaya that, no doubt, remains uppermost in the memory of all those who filled Hall One on that memorable evening.

Paragon @ Jazz Café October 28.

Peter Ehwald (reeds); Arthur Lea (keyboards); Matthias Akeo Nowak (bass); Jon Scott (drums).
(Review by Steve H/photo courtesy of Ken Drew.) 
Maybe David Cameron and Angel Merkel should have been at this gig last night to observe this wonderfully cohesive and elegant Anglo-German collaboration. If our politicians could work as well together as these talented musicians our future in Europe would not be in any doubt.

CD Review: Steve Heckman Quintet - Search For Peace.

Steve Heckman (ten/bar); Howard Alden (gtr); Matt Clark (B3); Marcus Shelby (bs); Akira Tana (dms).
(Review by Lance).
It's a couple of years now since I heard Howard Alden down at Boisdale. I was impressed then and I'm equally impressed hearing him on this disc particularly alongside his fellow travellers.
Heckman's a relatively new name to me but his modern/mainstream tenor (2 tracks on bari*) style gels perfectly with the ace guitarist.
How refreshing it is to hear players who can work the changes without resorting to histrionics - players who know a melody when they hear one.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

CD Reviews - Like Topsy...

LondonJazzNews  recently commented that 80% of discs sent get reviewed - that is some achievement. Up here the position is reversed inasmuch as 80% of discs sent don't get reviewed!
This a combination of available time and a shortage of willing hands - it were ever so.
My current order of preference for selecting discs are:
A) Local north east (UK) bands/artists.
B) British bands/artists.
C) Established international names.
D) Outstanding unknowns irrespective of where they hang out..
E) Ones that I absolutely love (This automatically replaces Cat. A/B/C/D)!
In the meantime, rather than ignore those discs that don't get reviewed, here is a list of just some of them with links to where they've been reviewed elsewhere.

CD Review: New Century Ragtime Orchestra - "Singin' in the Bathtub"

Alastair Lord, Graham Hardy (tpts); Don Fairley (tmb); Ed Cross (vln); Jim McBriarty (alt/clt/vcl). Alan Marshall (alt/clt), Gavin Lee, Steve Andrews (ten/clt); Neville Hartley (pno); Phil Rutherford (sousa/tuba); Steve Doyle (dms); Keith Stephen (gtr/bjo); Dave Kerr (ldr/arr); Caroline Irwin (vcl) + Keith Nichols (pno); Nick Ward (dms).
(Review by Lance).
The NCRO are one of the treasures of the north east scene. No bebop spoken here, this music even pre-dates the Lindy Hop! Having said that, there can be few bands anywhere in the world who can recreate the period so well as this ensemble. The soloists, several of whom are frequently heard in more contemporary settings, adjust to the idiom so well you'd be excused for assuming they were wearing spats and two-tone shoes as they drove to the studio in a Studebaker Special Six automobile.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Soznak @ The Globe – October 25

Graham Robinson (sax); Steve Mounter (trombone); Paul Miskin (keys); Hank Hayes (banjo);
Chris Dobson (bass); Yannik Tchicmi (drums); plus various other instruments which made an appearance, such as mouthorgan. shakers, Flugelhorn (?) and a steel pan effect from somewhere.
(Review by Ann Alex).
The Jazz Coop at the Globe is making an honest attempt to present a broad array of music besides straight jazz, and this gig proved the point.  This band is often to be heard on the streets of Newcastle, doing their reggae, Afro jazz, and even 80’s pop, and tonight indoors they gave us all three with good measure, in 2 long sets totalling about 2 hours 20 minutes.  This was a fun night all round and by the end most people were up dancing.  What’s not to like?

Ronnie Scott’s celebrates 55th anniversary with live stream of Dianne Reeves main show & Takuya Kuroda Late Late Show on Thursday 30th October Sold-out Ronnie Scott’s at 55 all-star concert on Friday 31st October

With tickets to their sold out shows in such high demand, Ronnie Scott’s has decided to make a birthday gift to jazz fans the world over, by announcing the live streaming of soul-jazz super-star Dianne Reeves this Thursday at 8.30pm (GMT).  And as if that isn’t enough the club will also be streaming the Late show from rising Japanese trumpet-star and Blue Note recording artist Takuya Kuroda (a key member of Jose James band) at 11.30pm (GMT). Reeves will be performing material from her eagerly anticipated Concord Records release Beautiful Life, whereas Kuroda will perform material from his hip, funky and soulful Blue Note debut Rising Son.

WEA Jazz Courses Start On Thursday – A Reminder

Regarding the previous blog item, if you wish to go on the WEA courses which are taught by Steve Glendinning, get booked up NOW. 
An Improvisation for Musicians: 1-3pm, and JAZZ APPRECIATION: 3-5pm, both at the Unitarian Church, Ellison Place, Newcastle.
To Book telephone 0191 2126100.
You could turn up on the day without booking, but it’s better to book.

Samadhi @ The Bridge Hotel. October 26

Krzysztof Urbanski (tenor & soprano saxophones), Dominic J Marshall (keyboards), Nick Jurd (double bass), Sam Gardner (drums) & Sam Bell (percussion)
(Review by Russell/photo courtesy of Ken Drew).
London-based Sam Gardner (the man has relocated from the Leeds Hothouse to the easy-to-crack jazz scene in the Smoke!) made a welcome return to Splinter @ The Bridge with Samadhi, his youthful quintet. Remarkably, Dominic J Marshall (keyboards, baseball cap and prodigious talent) and bassist Nick Jurd (the look of a lower sixth former, the twenty-something trans-Atlantic tour veteran), recent BMus graduates both, have tour itineraries stretching into 2015 and beyond.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Jam Session @ The Globe.

Stuart Finden (gtr); Fiona Finden (ten/vcl); Andrew Porritt (bs); + Ann Alex, Barry Keatings (vcl); Dave Parker (bs); Dave Speake (dms).
(Review by Lance).
Jam sessions - irrespective of whether you call them Jams, Workshops or Blow as You Pleases, at the end of the day it's open season for all who wish to put up or shut up - few take the latter option.
Today was low key - drummer missing and no hungry hornmen champing at the reed to despatch their contemporaries to the cutting room floor.

Hey Hepcats! Tune to Radio 4

Cab Calloway’s jive talk will fill the airwaves on Tuesday (Oct 28th), Radio 4, 11:30am.  Lemn Sissay looks at the 1938 publication of the Hepster’s Dictionary in Dr Hepcat and the Hepster’s Dictionary and along the way talks to Calloway’s daughter Camay Murphy and grandson Christopher Calloway-Brooks. That’s Tuesday (October 28th), Radio 4, 11:30am. You dig?
Russ.

Memories of Jack Bruce

The Club A Gogo must have been the place to be. The Animals, Hendrix and Cream. Then there was a who’s who of the jazz and blues scene ascending the stairs – was it second floor or maybe third? Years later, the legendary venue, long-since closed, saw service as a bus drivers’ canteen before the demolition men moved in.
Years later Jack Bruce returned to Newcastle (Cream an acrimonious memory) to play Newcastle City Hall with Carla Bley. Then the Jack Bruce Band graced the same hall. The Park Hotel, Tynemouth played unlikely host to Bruce. The ballroom packed, Jack with the Norman Beaker Band tore it up (the great voice perhaps in decline, the bass-playing anything but). In recent years there was the Tyne Theatre show (Ken was there). Tony Williams’ Lifetime was surely the band to see. Here’s a question…did any Bebop Spoken Here readers get to hear them?           
Russell.

Guitar Gurus - Steve Glendinning & Mark Williams @ Jazz Café. October 25.

Steve Glendinning, Mark Williams (gtrs)
(Review by Lance/photo by Mike Tilley.).
The Jazz Café was crowded - and why shouldn't it be? Two of the best jazz guitarists performing in tandem was something to look forward to. 
They didn't disappoint!
Kicking off with Straight No Chaser, it quickly became obvious that there'd be no coasting tonight and no falling from grace although the second tune was indeed Steve Swallow's Falling Grace- reflective, melancholy, even dreamlike.
Hermitage, by Pat Metheny and a couple of standards - Smoke Gets in Your Eyes and My Favourite Things - made for a satisfying first set.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

RIP Jack Bruce

Jack Bruce, composer, bass guitarist, vocalist, died today  (October 25) age 71. Perhaps best known as part of super-group Cream, Bruce was not without his jazz leanings. He always claimed that he was a jazz man at heart and he certainly played and recorded with many jazz and blues legends starting north of the border with Jim McHarg's Scotsville Jazz Band. Alexis Korner's Blues Incorporated, John Mayall's Blues Breakers and Tony Williams' Lifetime were just some of the many musicians he was associated with.
A bass guitar icon, the heavenly rhythm section will be rockin' tonight.
Rest In Peace.
Obituary.
Lance.

CD Review: No Fast Food – In Concert

Phil Haynes (drums), David Liebman (tenor & soprano saxophones, flute) & Drew Gress (double bass).
(Review by Russell).
In a long career drummer Phil Haynes has worked with many of the leading lights in contemporary jazz including Anthony Braxton, Don Byron and Paul Smoker. He has recently released a recording of his trio No Fast Food featuring Dave Liebman (reeds) and Drew Gress (double bass) captured in stunning form on location in Rochester, NY State and Milheim, Pennsylvania.

Ray Harris & The Fusion Experience @ Hoochie Coochie October 24.

Ray Harris (keys/vcl); Ben Holloway (gtr); Marcus Cordock (bs gtr); Harry Pope (dms); Hannabiell Sanders (perc).
(Review by Lance/photo from Les Aitch on F/b)).
Newcastle was the place to be last night with at least three mouthwatering gigs - hopefully some of my colleagues covered the others - hopefully!
Ray Harris is no stranger to Hoochie and the addition of Hannabiell on percussion didn't hurt at all!
The name says it all "Fusion Experience" for this was indeed a genre fusing experience with even a bit of Chopin (maybe) thrown in the mix.

Friday, October 24, 2014

RIP Vic Ash.

Simon Spillett sent me the following sad news.
"With great sadness I can confirm that legendary clarinettist and saxophonist Vic Ash passed away this afternoon (October 24), aged 84.
We have lost not only one of the founding fathers of British modern jazz, and a truly gifted instrumentalist, but one of the true gentleman of the music profession. His talent, wit and wisdom will be missed by everyone who knew him - fans and fellow players alike.
Deepest condolences to Vic's wife Helen and their family.
Vic Ash (March 9 1930-October 24 2014)."

DIACHRONICX @ The Jazz Café

There will be a voice-guitar duo gig by our new project called DIACHRONICX on Saturday the 29th of November at the Jazz Cafe. This is Stephen Glendinning on guitar and myself, Gabriele Heller, on voice.

Fireworks @ The Elephant.

Following the huge success of the 20 piece Strictly Big Band this month it’s a small group on the fifth of November. The Virtuoso Jazz Trio features “Dr Jazz” James Birkett on guitar and Tony Abell from the band Alter Ego on bass. Expect a masterclass from the star of the show, Canadian Octogenarian George McDonald. George, as the original principal clarinettist with the Northern Sinfonia, is no stranger to the music of Bach or Benny Goodman. The concert in the Elephant pub starts at 8pm and admission is £5 on the door.
John T.

CD Review: Cat Conner – Cat House

Cat Conner (vocals, shaker); John Chiodini (guitar); Gene Cipriano (clarinet, bass clarinet, tenor, bass oboe); Tom Ranier (piano); Chuck Berghofer (bass); Joe LaBarbera (drums); Ron Stout (trumpet); Dick Nash (trombone); Stephanie O’Keefe (French horn); Bob Carr (bassoon, bass clarinet, alto flute).
(Review by Ann Alex).
This is a very enjoyable CD of quality jazz singing and skilled playing, and it is a bit different from the offerings of jazz standards on other discs.  Forget the often sung Summertime and Cry Me A River – here are love songs which you don’t hear so often, such as Throw Me Away (Michael Dees), and a Cole Porter tune with words written by the singer.  A track list will be the best way to describe the CD.

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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.
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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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