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Bebop Spoken There

Cannonball Adderley : "Ornette Coleman is an innovator of the first water. But he is certainly no messiah". - (DownBeat May 26, 1960).
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Randy Brecker: “He [Horace Silver] saved every receipt, and he didn’t pay much; by the end of the week we usually ended up owing him money.” – (Jazz Times March 2015).

Today Friday March 27.

Afternoon.
RENDEZVOUS JAZZ - Black Horse, Monkseaton. 1pm. Free.
Classic jazz.
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JAMES BIRKETT & BRADLEY JOHNSTON - Lit & Phil, 23 Westgate Rd., Newcastle NE1 1SE. 1pm. £4.
Dynamic guitar duo.
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Evening.
ALAN GLEN TRIO - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 9pm. £5 (£3 before 8.30pm.)
A rare outing by the maestro!
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LADY SINGS THE BLUES w. VAL WISEMAN - Gala Theatre, Millennium Place, Durham City DH1 1WA. 7.30pm. £13/£12.
Tribute to Billie Holiday by Ms Wiseman w. Digby Fairweather, Julian Marc Stringle, Roy Williams, Brian Dee, Len Skeat and Eric Ford almost certainly part of the star-studded line-up
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CUSTOMS HOUSE BIG BAND w. RUTH LAMBERT - Customs House, Mill Dam, South Shields. 7.45pm. £11/£10.
Annual event by swinging big band playing 'at home'
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BIG BOSS MAN/KING BEE - The Cluny, Lime St., Ouseburn, Newcastle. 8pm. £10/£8.
Funky night ahead.
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RUBY TURNER - Alnwick Playhouse, Alnwick, Northumberland. 8pm. £21/£20/£19.
Soulful songstress.
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BOOT UP YOUR LINDY HOP & CHARLESTON - St. Mary's Heritage Centre, Oakwellgate, Gateshead NE8 2AU. 7pm. £5.
Beginner's dance workshop.
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GEORGE SHOVLIN & THE RADARS - Dun Cow, 9 High St. West. Sunderland, SR1 3HA. 8pm. £4.
Blues by the best. Fortnightly - Back on April 3.
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- Opus 4, Traveller's Rest, West Auckland Rd., Cockerton, Darlington. 8pm. £6.
Monthly - Back April 17.

Friday, March 27, 2015

James Birkett & Bradley Johnston @ The Lit & Phil. March 27

James Birkett (guitar) & Bradley Johnston (guitar)
(Review by Russell)
Another monthly lunchtime gig at the Lit & Phil. In no time all seats were taken with extra chairs hurriedly set-out to meet demand. It was a special occasion – it being the low key launch of James Birkett and Bradley Johnston’s CD Together. A partnership of equals – Birkett the vastly experienced musician, Johnston the supremely talented young musician making his way in the music world.

SUMMERTYNE AMERICANA FESTIVAL 2015 ANNOUNCES LINE UP!

(Press Release)
SummerTyne Americana Festival is TEN!  To celebrate the tenth birthday, festival  organisers are delighted to announce that they are staging a weekend long party and inviting some of their most famous and legendary friends along, as well as the pick of the new crop of breakthrough acts.   This jam-packed weekend brings the finest American roots music, from both sides of the Atlantic and this year’s festival presents a strong seam of southern soul, blues and gospel alongside a sensational cast of country, rock and Americana stars. 

CD Review: Mikkel Ploug Trio - At Black Tornado.

Mikkel Ploug (gtr); Jeppe Skovbakke (bs); Sean Carpio (dms).
(Review by Lance).
At Black Tornado is Danish guitarist Mikkel Ploug's seventh album and his first for Whirlwind. Recorded at the Black Tornado Studios in Copenhagen on January 28/29 last year, the album was launched at Ronnie's earlier this week. The trio have also appeared elsewhere in London as well as Birmingham and Bungay in Suffolk.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Gateshead International Jazz Festival – so close, you can almost touch it!

Two weeks and counting. Sage Gateshead’s annual jazz party gets underway on Friday 10 April and continues all weekend (Saturday 11 and Sunday 12). Day One (Friday 10) was previewed earlier. Here’s what’s in store on Day Two…
Day Two – Saturday April 11
(Preview by Russell)
After the late Friday night/early Saturday morning festival jam session at the Globe on Railway Street in Newcastle why not sleep-in? But not too late, as the jazz resumes at 1:30pm on the concourse. It’s free, it’s non-stop until seven o’clock, the bars and café will be open throughout and the views across the Tyne are spectacular. It may be free admission but don’t assume the standard will be in some way inferior. Far from it. The Gateshead International Jazz Festival is shot-through with quality (in the concert halls, out on the concourse and in the basement Music Education Centre’s workshops).

CD Review: Nick Sanders Trio - You Are a Creature.

Nick Sanders (pno); Henry Fraser (bs); Connor Baker (dms).
(Review by Lance).
New Orleans-born pianist Sanders is described as a unique voice and his trio are referred to as unconventional.
I second the motion!
Maybe we could add Quirky!
The cover art, the titles and the execution tell us that this isn't going to be a straight drive down the freeway but, rather a meandering journey through side roads and dirt paths although there are some moments when the foot is on the pedal and they are in the fast lane pursued by a hip cop.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Durham beckons on Friday

There's a lot going on this Friday - King Bee at The Cluny, Alan Glen Trio at the Jazz Café and the Customs House Big Band at the theatre of the same name in South Shields - all mouthwatering prospects! However, I'm heading for the Gala Theatre in Durham where vocalist Val Wiseman pays tribute to Billie Holiday with her show Lady Sings The Blues.
Apart from her distinctive vocals, the instrumentalists are absolute top drawer swingers i.e.: Digby Fairweather (tpt); Julian Marc Stringle (reeds); Roy Williams (tmb); Brian Dee (pno); Len Skeat (bs); Eric Ford (dms).
This is going to be well worth the trip!
Tickets are £13/£12 and the show starts at 7.30pm.
Lance.

CD Review: The Ted Howe Jazz Orchestra – Pinnacle

(Review by Hugh)
Ted Howe is a Los Angeles based pianist, composer, arranger, producer and teacher.  Pinnacle is his seventh CD as leader.  The central core of the CD is Howe's Suite #1 for Jazz Orchestra.  Howe wrote the suite as his first piece of extended composition for this kind of ensemble.  The suite was premiered in 2011 at the Conant Arts Centre in Oglethorpe University in Atlanta, Georgia (Tate lived in Atlanta for many years).  The suite is presented in three movements of equal duration over a total of 18 minutes as tracks 3, 4 and 5.

CD Review Samadhi Quintet - The Dance of Venus

Krzysztof Urbanski (tenor & soprano saxophones), Dominic J Marshall (piano), Sam Vicary (bass), Sam Bell (percussion) & Sam Gardner (drums).
(Review by Russell).
The Dance of Venus is a phonographic celebration of life, consciousness and the universe and the group explore the role of meditation and still consciousness in music. The album is inspired by the Quadrivium – the four Liberal Arts of Number, Geometry, Music and Cosmology, studied from antiquity as a means to perceive the beautiful numerical order that characterizes the universe. 
Don’t switch off! Read on…

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

As one door closes…

(Report by Russell/Tony).
Darlington Jazz Club switched off the lights one more time, locked the door and walked off into the night. The Forum Music Centre on Borough Road is history. The jazz nights came to an end – the end of an era – last night with a memorable gig by the Darlington Big Band.
However, Bebop Spoken Here’s Deep South correspondent Tony Eales sends news of an exciting future. Darlington Jazz Club will be reborn on Sunday April 12 at a new town centre venue. The Quakerhouse pub in Mechanics Yard, just off Skinnergate, will be one of a select number of venues to stage club events. Sunday April 12 features the excellent post-bop combo the Jazz Tones.
Less than two weeks later the fantastic Darlington Jazz Festival returns (April 23-26) at the Quakerhouse and other jazz-friendly town centre places. A full festival preview will appear on these pages in due course. As one door closes… 
Russell.

CD Review: George Crowley - Can of Worms

George Crowley (tenor saxophone), Tom Challenger (tenor saxophone), Dan Nicholls (piano & Wurlitzer), Sam Lasserson (double bass) & Jon Scott (drums)
(Review by Russell).
Can of Worms is saxophonist George Crowley’s second album. Recorded in July 2014 on Michael Janisch’s Whirlwind Recordings label, Crowley’s quintet comprises some of the very best of the scene’s younger musicians. London-based Loop Collective member Tom Challenger works with the bandleader as a two-tenor frontline. The rhythm section (piano bass and drums) is an integral part of the band sound, thus ‘rhythm section’ is inadequate in describing the contributions of Dan Nicholls, Sam Lasserson and Jon Scott.

Jazz Coop G M.

A very well attended General Meeting of the Jazz Coop took place in the upstairs room of The Globe on Saturday afternoon (if only so many could attend the gigs). Minnie Fraser and Dave Parker each gave good presentations on the past present and future of Britain’s first music venue to be owned by a cooperative. A remarkable amount has been done in such a short space of time in establishing the Jazz Coop taking  inspiration from the late Keith Crombie of the Pink Lane Jazz Café. One of things the Coop are most proud of is the amount of money pumped into the jazz community in form of performance and tuition fees. It is also a notable achievement that by installing a lift both floors of the building  are accessible to all, probably a unique feature for any Newcastle music venue. There is more work to be done but I think all present left the meeting in an optimistic frame of mind and looking forward to the future evolution of the project.
Anyone interested in volunteering or indeed becoming a member of the Coop should 
email pinklanejazzcoop@gmail.com for further details.
Steve H.

CD Review: Carlos Averhoff Jr. - iRESI.

Carlos Averhoff Jr. (ten); Greg Osby (alt); Aruan Ortiz (pno); John Lockwood (bs); Francisco Mela (dms).
(Review by Lance).
It says much for the world wide recognition of Bebop Spoken Here that I receive as many discs for review from Europe  and the USA as I do from UK (Scotland being a notable exception!) Such is the volume of transatlantic offerings that only a small percentage reach the page and I worry about the increased load the Boeing's have to carry - not to mention my postman's back!
Fortunately, this one safely crossed the pond and up our street!

Monday, March 23, 2015

Jason Isaacs - back at Bonbar this Sunday - start spreading the news...


Last month I proclaimed that Jason Isaacs and the Ambassadors of Swing at Hoochie Coochie was the gig of the month.
Earlier,back in November, he knocked everyone sideways at Bonbar in the Old Assembly Rooms. Well, Jason and his Ambassadors pay a return visit to Bonbar this coming Sunday (March 29) and if you missed out previous, go for it this time round.
Read about it here.
More info here.
Lance.

Jazz Coop @ The Globe: Debra Milne Ensemble – March 21

Debra Milne (vocals); Steve Glendinning (guitar); Paul Grainger (bass); Tim Johnston (drums)
(Review by Ann Alex)
Debra Milne has become an assured jazz singer with a sweet clear voice and songs meaningfully expressed, and this performance was a joy to hear, with all four of the band contributing well. She wore a dress bearing large yellow flowers which chimed in well with the Latin numbers in the varied programme. The men wore jeans and dark shirts; (why should only women’s attire be mentioned?)

Tam de Villiers Quartet @ The Bridge Hotel. March 22

Tam de Villiers (guitar), David Prez (tenor saxophone), Frédéric Chiffoleau (double bass) & Karl Jannuska (drums)
(Review by Russell/Photo courtesy of Ken Drew).
Tam de Villiers has been touring his Whirlwind Recordings album Panacea. A string of European dates, including British dates the length and breadth of the country, concluded with a Splinter gig at the Bridge Hotel, Newcastle. Sunday night regulars turned out in a show of Anglo-French solidarity. de Villiers, British born, has lived in Paris since 2003. His French is, no doubt, better than your reviewer’s English (not difficult). Would he have command of the language of jazz?

CD Review: Vicky Tilson Quartet – Mojo Risin'


Vicky Tilson – double bass; Dee Byrne - alto sax; Stuart Fiddler – guitar; Reinis Axelsson - drums
(Review by Hugh C).
Vicky Tilson, a graduate of the Guildhall post-grad jazz course, formed her first quartet in 2009 and released an album, Picture from Jitske, in the same year.  Tales from a Forgotten City followed in 2010. 
Mojo Risin’, recorded at the Cable Street Records studios in East London where Reinis Axelsson worked as a sound engineer, enabled Tilson to record in analogue and “give the album a certain warmth that digital does not”.

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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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