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Bebop Spoken There

Benny Goodman: “...maybe Fletcher [Henderson] isn't the best pianist going, but he knows what we want.– (Down Beat December 15, 1939).

Sonny Rollins: “I don't feel I'm as great as they think I am.– (Down Beat November 28, 1956).

APPJAG Jazz Awards

The All Party Parliamentary Jazz Awards are with us once more and the polls are open. You don't have to nominate in every category but once you've submitted your nomination that's it.

It's simple, just go to the Jazz UK website and enter your choices. For example, should you wish to nominate Bebop Spoken Here for the Jazz Media Award simply type in Bebop Spoken Here in the appropriate space.

You've got till noon on Feb. 18 to do it so - Let's Do It, Let's Nominate BSH!

Today Sunday February 7

Afternoon
Musicians Unlimited - Park Inn, Park Rd., Hartlepool. 1pm.
Phil Richardson (solo piano) - Redwood Whiskey Bar, Vermont Hotel, Newcastle NE1 1RQ. 2:00pm.
Ralph Keeley - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 1:00pm. No cover charge.
Improvisers Workshop - The Bridge Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle NE1 1RQ. 3pm. Free.
Teresa Watson Band - Tyne Bar. 3:00pm (first set 3:30pm) Free. Line-up includes Johnny Whitehill.
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Evening.
George Burt (gtr); Andy Champion (bs); Corey Mwamba (vbs) - The Bridge Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle NE1 1RQ. £8/£6 (conc). 8pm. 0191 2603246. JNE.
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Red House Farm Pub and Restaurant - Hepscott Drive, Whitley Bay NE25 9XJ. 8-10pm. Free.

Sunday, February 07, 2016

EP Review: Kathryn Lowdon and the Soul Engineers - Cake.

Kathryn Lowdon (vcl); Paul Gowland (saxes); James Harrison (pno); Katy Trigger (bs); Steve Doyle (dms); Jasmine Storey, Michael Littlefield (backing vocals).
(Review by Lance).
I close my eyes and I'm in Detroit or maybe Philly or East St. Louis. I open them and find, to my amazement, I'm still on Tyneside which is just as well as Kathryn Lowdon and the Soul Engineers will be launching their debut EP Cake at Hoochie Coochie on Feb. 21. Listen to Cake with your eyes closed and you too will be eating soul food in a downtown diner.

CD Review: Ira Hill - Tomorrow.

Ira Hill – vocals; John Proulx – piano; Kevin Axt – bass; Dave Tull – drums; Craig Fundyga – vibes; Doug Webb – saxophones; Alex Acuna – percussion; Ramon Stagnaro – guitar; Cheryl Bentyne – vocals.
(Review by Debra M.)
Although just 19 years old, the young American Ira Hill has immersed himself in the vocal jazz tradition of the latter half of the 20th century.  Based in Phoenix, Arizona, and mentored by Count Basie vocalist Dennis Rowland and Grammy-nominated pianist and vocalist Judy Roberts,  Cheryl  Bentyne,  of Manhatten Transfer, was so impressed by him at a jazz singing workshop in LA, she went on to produce  Tomorrow,  his debut album. 

Saturday, February 06, 2016

Jazz North East @ The Black Swan present a Women Make Music Event February 4 ENTROPI + SHELLY KNOTTS & MARIAM REZAEI DUO

Entropi Dee Byrne (saxophones); Andre Canniere (trumpet); Rebecca Nash (keys); Olie Brice (bass); Matt Fisher (drums).
(Review by Steve H/Photos courtesy of Ken Drew).
The first musical offering of JNE’s second ‘Women Make Music’ event got off to a great start at The Black Swan on Thursday night with Dee Byrne’s Entropi. I reviewed this band very favourably last year on these pages so I was really looking forward to this gig. I wasn’t disappointed as the band seem to have become even more accomplished in the intervening months.

Havana Club 5 Turn Them Away!

Roving reporter Tony Eales called in at Durham’s Empty Shop to hear Havana Club 5. Eales arrived early which was just as well because it was more than a full house at the Framwellgate Bridge venue. Every seat taken, others relegated to the bar, many turned away altogether…clearly, the Empty Shop is doing something right!
The next jazz gig at no. 35c Framwellgate Bridge sees the Redemption boys in town on Thursday 18 February. Get there early – it’s an eight o’clock start – would appear to be sound advice!         
Russell.

RIP Tony Raine

Just before Beryl Bryden died in July 1998 she came to Ashington Jazz Club (not to sing) but with her pianist Tony Raine (real name Ramm?). He was a non-reader but could put a jazz style to any tune. Tony was from Newbiggin and has been in a care home there for quite a while. He has now passed away. He was a great character and played piano in some of the London gangland clubs in the 60s. He was reputed to have had Louis Armstrong's gold ring. The funeral takes place on Wednesday and I intend to go to represent the jazz community.

John T.

CD Review: Ken Peplowski - Enrapture

Ken Peplowski (clt/ten); Ehud Asherie (pno); Martin Wind (bs); Matt Wilson (dms/perc.)
(Review by Lance)
Any disc by Peplowski arrives like a breath of fresh air. Shaw/Goodman/DeFranco encapsulated as one - a clarinettist capable of cherishing the past whilst living for today. On tenor he exudes the feeling only the best can achieve, Not as effusive as Webster or Hawkins nor as Cool as Getz, maybe Zoot is nearest - ie the best of both worlds eg: Our Love Affair from the film An Affair to Remember is certainly one to remember for the above mentioned qualities.

Friday, February 05, 2016

GINA SOUTHGATE @ Newcastle Arts Centre - ‘Woman Paints Music’ February 4.

(Review by Steve H/Photo courtesy of Mike Tilley)
Jazz North East’s second ‘Women Making Music’ series, following from their marvellously successful 2015 inaugural series, got off to a flying start with a solo exhibition by Gina Southgate entitled ‘Woman Paints Music’.  Gina’s art features paintings of Jazz gigs which are painted in situ during live performances. The majority of paintings on display are of musicians from the ‘Free’ jazz scene many of whom I have had the privilege of seeing in Newcastle over the last few years such as Laura Jurd, Rachel Musson, Trio Riot, The Necks and The Cookers.

GOGO PENGUIN Announce debut album for Blue Note Records and national tour!

(Press Release)
It’s been an astonishing couple of years for Manchester based trio GoGo Penguin (drummer Rob Turner, double bassist Nick Blacka and pianist Chris Illingworth). Their trademark mash-up of minimalist piano themes, deeply propulsive bass lines and electronica-inspired drums has seen them shortlisted for the Mercury Prize and fuelled their exhilarating live shows from Manchester to Montreal and Paris to London. 

TEAM CYCLES ANNOUNCE SPONSORSHIP OF GATESHEAD INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL

(Press Release)
Sage Gateshead is proud to announce Team Cycles as headline sponsor of Gateshead International Jazz Festival 2016. The festival, now in its 12th year, runs from Friday 15 – Sunday 17 April 2016 and brings together artists from the UK, European and International jazz scene, hotly-tipped emerging talent and exciting cross genre artists. Based in Gateshead, Team Cycles are a leading North East bike store, workshop and cycling accessories company.

Thursday, February 04, 2016

CD Review: Empirical – Connection

Nathaniel Facey – alto saxophone; Lewis Wright – vibraphone; Tom Farmer – double bass; Shaney Forbes – drums.
(Review by Hugh C)
 Empirical were formed in 2007 after the guys met whilst involved in the Tomorrow's Warriors scheme.  The current line-up has existed since 2008.  As you might expect from the name of the band their core ethos is one of experimentation.

Their first four albums were experimental with guest artists from a string quartet to a pianist to bass clarinet.  Connection features just the four core band members and is “an accurate representation of what we're doing now” according to Farmer, “This is our expression”.

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Dexter Gordon @ University Theatre - Info sought.

I wondered if you or the good folks who read your website might be able to help with a query regarding Dexter Gordon's appearance at the University Theatre, Newcastle. 
The gig took place during a jazz festival I think sometime in the late 70s. 
I'm trying to find out who was in the band with him. I recall George Cables on piano but after that, I'm afraid it all goes a bit vague. I'm pretty sure I had my eyes closed all night! 

Jazz Café Jam Session - Feb. 2

(Review by Lance)
Whilst there was a gale force wind outside, they were also blowing up a storm inside and, although the jammers weren't standing ten deep at the bar waiting to give it their best shot, those that were there did themselves proud.
On drums tonight a rare appearance by Dave McKeague - he did good. Bradley and the trio got things rolling with A Weaver of Dreams and Jim Hall's Waltz New, a number that went seamlessly from 3/4 to 4/4 with no loss of momentum, swinging all the way. No More Blues then Watch What Happens.
What happened was a belter of a drum solo from McKeague.

Crazy Rhythm: Another in my series of Favourite Songs

By Ann Alex
Here is another great song I’ve decided to write about in my occasional series of what I consider great jazz songs. Last time I tackled No Moon At All; lately I’ve discovered Crazy Rhythm, which has cropped up in our Blue Jazz Voices singing class at Sage Gateshead.  
Consider this:-
Crazy Rhythm here’s the doorway
I’ll go my way, you’ll go your way
Crazy Rhythm, from now on we’re through
Here is where we have a showdown
I’m too high hat, you’re too low down
Crazy Rhythm here’s goodbye to you
They say that when a high brow meets a low brow
Walking along Broadway
Soon the high brow he has no brow
Ain’t it a shame and you’re to blame
What’s the use of Prohibition
You produce the same condition
Crazy Rhythm, I’ve gone crazy too.

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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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