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Bebop Spoken There

Elizabeth Bougerol, co-founder Hot Sardines: “We’ve never had a band member who objected to looking sharp.” – (Jazz Journal October 2015).

Don Ellis: “The new group is a nine piece octet - I always like to give the people more than they pay for” – (Crescendo June 1975).


Today Tuesday October 13

Mosaic Jazz (Playing a celebration of American music) - Bell and Bucket, 37 Norfolk St, North Shields, Tyne and Wear NE30 1NQ. 1pm.
Rendezvous Jazz - Red Lion, Front St., Earsdon NE28 9JU. 1pm. Free.
Robert Cray Band - Sage Gateshead. £29.50/£39.50. 7:30pm.
Charles Gordon/Ken Hewitt Trio - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Newcastle. 7.30-10pm. Free.
Gavin Lee’s Dixieland Band - New Inn, 29 Church St., Durham. DH1 3DN. 9pm. Free.
Advanced Jazz Guitar Course - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 6pm.
Alter Ego - The Fox Inn, West End Tce., Hexham NE46 3DB. Donations. 8.30pm.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Lindsay Hannon Plus on tour

(Press release).
The Lindsay Hannon Plus are touring as part 
of Rural Arts ON Tour, don't miss out on 
seeing one of Jazz North's Northern Line bands 
in a venue near you!
This engaging band moves from raucous 
barrelhouse blues to thoughtful, spacious 
ballads across a variety of grooves, creating an 
electric atmosphere. 

CD review: The Jelly Roll Jazz Band - Whose Solo is it Anyway?

Dan Wackett (bjo); Michael Grant (clt/spoons); Laurence Marshall (tpt/tmb/vcl); Ben Sarney (bs).
(Review by Lance).
The cover says that the Jelly Roll Jazz Band [above names] are listed in reverse alphabetical order according to the penultimate letter of their surname. This gave me the idea that this isn't a disc to be taken too seriously!
It's a fun band! And if you're having a Prohibition Party, this is the band for you.
Lots of tried and tested favourites such as When the Saints; Bourbon St. Parade; Five Foot Two; Sheik of Araby; Just a Closer Walk With Thee; St. James Infirmary; Margie;  Moon River; Bare Necessities; Ice Cream; When You're Smiling; 14 seconds of In the Mood and an unlisted blast on Bill Bailey. Nowhere else will you hear such heart-rending interpretations of the core banjo repertoire , say's the press release. A fair description.
Got to be the best party band in Scarborough which is where they are hiding out from the Jazz Police. Visit them on Facebook.

Jazz Record Requests requests...

On November 7 Alyn Shipton's popular BBC Radio 3 program Jazz Record Requests is to be broadcast live from Sage Gateshead. Alyn would like to have a few people from the audience introducing their own favourite track and, as such, has asked me to invite any of our readers who are interested and able to attend to contact him no later than the end of this week.
Details to -
PS: Alyn Shipton's Buck Clayton Legacy Band play Sage Gateshead on October 30.

Monday, October 12, 2015

The Greek God of Vasilis

(Preview by Russell/photo by Jerry).
Later this month Vasilis Xenopoulos makes a return visit to the north east. The London-based tenor saxophonist has three engagements in the book working with his friend Paul Edis. Their enduring friendship sees Xenopoulos making an annual visit to the region to play swinging GAS book material at two key venues; the Traveller’s Rest in Darlington and the Black Bull, Blaydon. This year there will be an additional opportunity to catch a duo performance and a big band session at Ushaw College, Durham.

CD Review: Colin Towns’ Mask Orchestra – Drama

(Review by Russell)
The Mask Orchestra’s new album, the seventh release in its quarter century existence, is a sprawling work across two discs drawing inspiration from the world of theatre. The CD is Colin Towns’ response, and contribution to, major British theatre productions. Drama – a succinct title – is realised by a wonderful array of British jazz talent. Veteran, established and emerging names are to be found in all sections of the band which must make life a lot easier for the bandleader as he writes material knowing that he can call upon some of the finest musicians available to him.      
Colin Towns stated it was important that the musicians knew the synopsis of each play so they would have an understanding of the composer’s inspirations and intentions. Meeting theatre director Terry Hands opened doors for Towns; visiting theatres, discovering many texts and ultimately collaborating with directors.

Jazz entrepreneur dies age 75

Maurice Summerfield kindly, and sadly, sent me this link to a family statement re the passing of legendary jazz producer Larry Rosen who left us on October 9.
A man responsible for the music of so many great musicians he will be sadly missed.
May he Rest In Peace.

Glasshopper/Triptych @ the Bridge Hotel, Newcastle - Oct. 11

Glasshopper – Jonathan Chung (Ten Sax); James Kitchman (Guitar); Corrie Dick (Drums).
(Review/photos by Ken Drew) 
Second Sunday of the month means it’s Splinter at The Bridge – Two distinct sets, one by a locally-based group and one by an up and coming group from further afield. 
With band members hailing initially from Scotland and Hexham, the young London-based trio arrived at The Bridge as part of a short UK tour celebrating the release of their debut EP ‘Glasshopper’.  The band is a relatively new and exciting instrumental trio, born out of a love for melody and improvisation. Led by saxophonist Jonathan Chung, the trio thrives on the equally creative minds of guitarist James Kitchman and drummer Corrie Dick.  Chung is developing an increasing recognition for both his inspired improvising and his melodic writing. Always with improvisation at the heart of the performance, the band plays as one to reveal the story of each piece, taking the audience on wayward imaginary journeys.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

A Radio Riddle

(Preview by Russell)
Three radio programmes to tune into this week. Jazz on 3 (Monday, 11:00pm) presents highlights from this summer’s Vision Festival in New York featuring Roscoe Mitchell (Art Ensemble of Chicago). On Wednesday BBC Radio 4 Extra presents a programme first broadcast in 2005 in which Christopher Bigsby talks to Arthur Miller. Playwright Miller recorded spirituals and blues sung by North Carolina’s poor in 1941. In Arthur Miller: the Accidental Music Collector expect to hear something special. The half hour documentary will be aired three times at 6:30am, 1:30pm and again at 8:30pm. Finally, Friday Night is Music Night (Radio 2, 8:00pm) celebrates the talents of Nelson Riddle. The BBC Big Band and BBC Concert Orchestra will be joined by Clare Teal and, from America, Curtis Stigers.   
(Ed. Note): And, of course, Gary Copley on Radio York and Leeds:6pm – 9pm every Sunday.
PS: The Chris Ingham Quartet track on Hoagy's My Resistance is Low has Russ Morgan on drums! Russ of course is now a stalwart of the north-east jazz scene.

Noel Dennis & Dean Stockdale @ The Jazz Café. Oct 10

Noel Dennis (trumpet & flugelhorn) & Dean Stockdale (piano)
(Review by Russell)
A first duo gig for Noel Dennis and Dean Stockdale. You’d never have guessed. It takes the talents of two first class musicians to make it work and this Jazz Café meeting was a major success. Hailing from the Deep South (the Tees Delta region) Dennis, trumpet and flugelhorn, and pianist Stockdale, performed as if they were long-time musical associates.
Beautiful Love, Tom Harrell’s Moon Alley, There is No Greater Love. Three immaculate tunes to begin the evening’s entertainment. Noel Dennis’ tone, clarity and unfailing taste are the hallmarks of his superbly crafted solos; an innate sense of construction, inventive, free-flowing ideas. Dean Stockdale at the house upright responded to every nuance, twist and surprise, and reminded the Jazz Café audience of his own creative abilities playing a number of outstanding solos.

Taupe + Dead Hedge Trio @ The Head of Steam. October 9

(Review by Russell)
Dashing from the Jazz Café – foregoing Paul Edis’ solo piano concert – to the recently refurbished Head of Steam pub to hear two power jazz trios made for what can only be described as an evening of extreme contrast! Broadly, the Jazz Café presented ‘jazz’ as we know it, the Head of Steam offered punk-jazz – ‘skronk’ wouldn’t you know – at a level of volume that some simply wouldn’t appreciate or tolerate. A triple bill, the first act – Waskerley Way – had been and gone before your reviewer arrived late, hot foot from the Jazz Café (see earlier posting).

The Early Bird Band @ The Jazz Café. October 9

Ben Lawrence (trumpet), Nick Caughey (tenor saxophone), Francis Tulip (guitar), Dan Lawrence (bass guitar) & Matthew Mackellar (drums) + Paul Edis (alto saxophone) 
(Review by Russell/Photos courtesy of Mike Tilley).
Arriving early evening at the Jazz Café the place was unusually busy. Not the usual lot, more like rugger types. Good for business! Upstairs, the lads – the Early Birds – set up ready for their hour long performance. Following a slight delay due to a malfunctioning amp, the set list included Coltrane, Hancock, Kern and Rollins. A band of teenagers, an expanding book of engagements, these guys are heading in the right direction.

'100% Proof: The Complete Tubby Hayes Discography'

I'm very pleased to announce the publication of '100% Proof: The Complete Tubby Hayes Discography', a collaboration between Canadian discographer Tom Davis and myself.
This new 240 page volume covers sessions for commercial album release, radio broadcasts, television appearances and private recordings made between 1951 and 1973. It also includes an overview of Hayes's film soundtrack work.
The book is published by Names and Numbers, highly regarded discography specialists based in the Netherlands, and is available direct from their website (see link below).
Simon Spillett

PG3 @ The Globe Jazz Bar - Oct. 10

Peter Gilligan (pno); Paul Grainger (bs); Russ Morgan (dms).
(Review by Lance).
Newcastle was in party mood. The swirl of the kilt and the skirl of the pipes made the city centre seem like Sauchiehall Street at Hogmanay. The reason being that Scotland had qualified for the next round of the rugby world cup having defeated Samoa at the Twickenham of the North - well for 7 days - St. James' Park.
Over at The Globe Jazz Bar, home of the Jazz Coop, it was less of a party and more an intimate soirée in the upper room.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

This Wednesday @ The Cherry Tree - not to be missed!

Wednesday night at the Cherry Tree is rather special, but aren't they always? So perhaps I should say EXTRA SPECIAL!
By which I mean a return visit from top singer Alice Grace. Alice wowed the audience on her previous visit to the Cherry Tree and has also created waves at the Jazz Café. Her CV  includes stints at Ronnie Scott's as well as with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra. If you missed her last time don't get caught out again.
Once more Alice will be accompanied by the outstanding Peter Gilligan Trio (Peter on piano; Paul Grainger, bass and Russ Morgan drums). As an appetiser, you can catch the trio tonight at The Globe (Oct. 10 - doors 8pm).
Wednesday October 14 - Alice Grace w. Peter Gilligan Trio, Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 2AE.. 0191 2399924. 7:00pm. No cover charge.

Sad News From Hong Kong

It is with great sadness that I have to report on behalf of Ned Kelly's the passing of our bass player Joselito Garcia who passed away on Tuesday night (Oct. 6). He was a gentle and kind man and a fine musician.
Mr Tom Parker, Mr Mike Brown, myself the musicians and staff would like to send their condolences to the family.
God Bless Him. R.I.P
Colin Aitchison (Bandleader) 
Ned Kelly's last Stand,

Hong Kong

CD Review: Lisa Bassenge - Canyon Songs

Lisa Bassenge (vcl); Till Brönner (tpt); Pete Kuzma (B3/el.pno); Steve Tavaglione (ewi/keys); Vinnie Colaiuta (dms); Dan Lutz (bs); Freddy Koella (gtr/vln); Larry Klein (el perc/vbs).
(Review by Lance).
A strange, yet compelling, album by Berlin based Bassenge. A program of jazz covers selected from tunes by The Doors; The Beach Boys; James Taylor; Buffalo Springfield; Tom Waits; Shuggie Otis; Stephen Stills; Rickie Lee Jones; Joni Mitchell and others. Although Bassenge is based in Berlin, Blue Skies has nothing to do with Irving Berlin! This is one of two Tom Waits numbers - All Stripped Down is the other.

Friday, October 09, 2015

Pilgrim Street Set @ Hoochie Coochie - Oct. 8

Richard Burns (trumpet), Gary Turner (tenor), Paul Edis (keyboards), Paul Susans (bass guitar) & Rob Walker (drums).
Second Thursday, First Priority, Hoochie Coochie. There may be rugby ahead but, last night, this was the best and only game in town - it invariably is (the best).
The PSS have got the art of fusing jazz and funk into a format that's acceptable to all without loss of integrity. 

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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.)
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