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Bebop Spoken There

Oscar Peterson: "Some musicians give the listeners the feeling: 'Be glad you're here, that you've been allowed in' " - (Downbeat January 13, 1954).
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Sonny Rollins: “He [Orrin Keepnews, record producer] gave a lot of guys the opportunity to do a lot of things – Cannonball, who was one of his favorites, McCoy, Monk – so I think he was very helpful to a lot of musicians who needed to be recorded.” – (Jazz Times May 2015).

Today Wednesday May 27

Afternoon
VIEUX CARRE JAZZMEN - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
New Orleans Jazz. Raffles, and a jolly afternoon.
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JAZZ ESQUIRES - Magnesia Bank, Camden St., North Shields NE30 1NH. 1pm. Free.
Swinging mainstream band.
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Evening.
TAKE IT TO THE BRIDGE JAZZ WORKSHOP - The Chillingham, Chillingham Rd., Heaton. 8:30pm. £1.
Dave and co welcome all-comers .
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RAY DALES QUARTET - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 2AE. 0191 2399924. 7.00pm.
Good food and some tasty alto playing. NOTE THE EARLIER START!
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MISSISSIPPI DREAMBOATS - Springwell Village Hall, Fell Rd., Gateshead NE9 7RP. 0191 4162630. 9pm. £2.
New Orleans style. For this week only.
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SUE FERRIS TRIO- Witham Hall, Barnard Castle. 7.30pm. £8.
Last in the series with a swinging tenor/flute player - back in the Autumn.
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JAZZ AT THE BAY- Cleveland Bay pub, 718 Yarm Rd., Eaglescliffe, TS16 0JE 01642 780275. 9pm.
The Teesside Hot Club swinging at the Bay .
Fortnightly - Back June 3
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TBA - Ashington Jazz Club @ The Elephant, Newbiggin Rd., Ashington. NE63 0SZ. 8pm. £5.
Await news on pub refurbishment.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

David Carnegie Quintet @ The Jazz Café, Newcastle

David Carnegie (dms); Konrad Wiszniewski (ten/sop); David Patrick (keys); Jay Kilbride (bs); Renée Stefanie (voice).
(Review by Lance/photos courtesy of Ken Drew to follow).
In the early days of Bebop Spoken Here one of the names most frequently mentioned in dispatches was that of David Carnegie. He popped up all over the place. At the Side Café, the old Jazz Café, The Chilli, the Cherry Tree to name but a few. Whether with the Alan Glen Trio, a jam session (often on piano) or his own forward looking Extreme Measures, one thing stood out - he could play!
Fast forward seven years - now he can really play big time!

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

The Three Tenors @ The Quakerhouse. May 24

(Review by Russell/Tony Eales).
Tony Eales, Bebop Spoken Here’s man with his ear to the ground Down South, got in touch with news of a superb session at the Quakerhouse in Darlington last Sunday (24). Andy Bennett is soon to relocate south (way down south) and before does he invited a few friends to join him at a Darlington Jazz Club session. Bennett, known for his days playing alto and soprano saxophones with the now disbanded Voice of the North Jazz Orchestra, chose to play tenor making it a three-tenor frontline in the company of the brilliant Alex Baker and the equally brilliant Will Howard.

The Bell & Bucket New Orleans Jazz Festival. May 25

Paul Bacon (drums), Liz Bacon (clarinet), Jeff Milner (trombone & vocals), Sarah Thatcher (banjo & guitar), Mike ‘Spike’ Kennedy (double bass) & Emily Bacon (vocals)
Review by Russell).
Bank holiday Monday at the end of May means one thing…it’s the Bell and Bucket New Orleans Jazz Festival! This 2015 festival, the second of hopefully many more to come in years to come, mimicked last year’s inaugural event; a two day event, a one o’clock start with invited guests from around the UK and the support of the weekly Monday session’s regulars.

Apology!

Apologies for listing the Jazz Coop's Advanced Guitar Course as taking place at the Globe today. It does in fact take place next Tuesday. Today it is the turn of Stronger Jazz Voices led by Zoe Gilby.
The Coop has so many jazz courses running, which is to their credit, but it does complicate life for us compilers!
Check them out here.
Lance.

Monday, May 25, 2015

CD Review: Troy Roberts - Secret Rhymes

Troy Roberts (ten); Silvano Monasterios (pno); Chris Smith (bs); Jeff 'Tain' Watts (dms).
(Review by Lance).
Hailing from Perth, Australia, Roberts may possibly be the best ever jazz tenor player to emerge from that remote part of West Australia. Indeed he must surely rate, in jazz terms, as high as Justin Langer did in test cricket - and Roberts is still batting, albeit in NYC. James Morrison, who knows a thing or two, says, "But the rarest of all gifts is to have a unique voice; a sound that is unmistakably your own, Troy Roberts has this gift."
I'll raise a glass to that James!

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Mark Williams Trio @ The Globe Jazz Bar, Newcastle - May 23.

Mark Williams (gtr); Dermot McNeil (bs); Russ Morgan (dms).
(Review by Lance).
This was quite a trio - almost a jazz version of Cream! Three musicians at the top of their game gelling into one after minimal rehearsal.
Mark Williams, the bench mark for any aspiring guitarist. Dermot McNeil, a musical associate of Mark's going back to their embryo days in Northern Ireland, A graduate of the Guildhall School of Music and currently bassist with the Human Revolution Orchestra, Dermot came up specially for this gig.
Russ Morgan too has an impressive pedigree having worked with many well known names down south and he proved to be the ideal man to kick things along.

Yuya Hunami Trio @ Jazz Cafe - May 22

See Lance’s review for the line-up. This is my take on it, in the form of a poem

Infinite number of beats in the Universe
The drummer catches some
And sounds them
Just for us
‘Chuck chuck chacky chuck’
No, onomatopoeia
Cannot cut it

Infinite number of tones in the Universe
Some caught by piano
Just for us
Always and forever, Nica’s dream on the sunny side of the street in Strasbourg St Denis
And Mozart dances in his grave to the new fangled rondo

Infinite number of depths in the Universe
Some caught by a bass foundation
Just for us
So dependable
And it knows how to take a bow

Three men made my night
Yet never laid a finger on me
Just laid it down
So, so well
Ann Alex


Brand & Sanders + Faye MacCalman 4tet @ Black Swan, Newcastle Arts Centre – May 21.

(Review/photos courtesy of Ken Drew)
A two-Set “Women Make Music” JNE presentation was received with much anticipation heralding, as it did, the return of Sarah Gail Brand - resulting in a decent sized audience.
Sarah Gail Brand (trombone); Mark Sanders (drums). 
These guys need no introduction – although Sarah’s rare visits to Tyneside make this a near possibility - unless your memory takes you back to 2007.  It was noted that her longest established and most empathetic musical relationship is with drummer Mark Sanders, although, sadly for us, they’ve never appeared on Tyneside as a duo until now.  However, Mark performed at the GIJF in 2014 and, prior to that, with Paul Dunmall’s group at Cluny2.  

EP Review: Priscilla Badhwar - Mademoiselle.

Priscilla Badhwar (vcl); Eddy Hobwizal (pno/Rhodes); David Pulkingham (gtr); Daniel Durham (bs); Steve Schwelling (dms).
(Review by Lance).
An enigmatic CD/EP (20 minutes) recorded in Austin, Texas by a native of that city yet the only way to describe it is as Jazz Chanson. Badhwar sings almost completely in French and sounds as authentic as any chanteuse you may chance upon in a Montmartre Café - not a "y'awl' within earshot!
Much of the material consists of tried and tested pieces from Le grande recueil de chansons francais.
Mademoiselle (Henri Salvador); Boum! (Charles Trenet); Jardon d'hiver (Keren Ann); Plus Je T'embrasse (Blossom Dearie); Maladie d'Amour (Salvador); All I Really Want is Love (Salvador).
Such an appealing voice the words just curl around your heartstrings.
But where, I hear you ask, is the jazz?
The jazz comes in the lilting swing that pervades throughout, the Django-like guitar solos and the rhythmic piano contributions from Hobwizal. There's also a touch of Brazil in the mix.
Chamber jazz and none the worse for that it's one of the most charming discs I've heard this year.
I'm a sucker for a song sung in French!
Lance.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Tyne Valley Big Band News

John Knapton has sent me a list of upcoming gigs by the Tyne Valley Big Band.
Monday 25th May Northumberland County Show Bywell Hall 2-4pm
Saturday 20th June Tynedale Beer Festival Corbridge Rugby Club 1pm -3pm
Thursday 18th June Phoenix Club Hexham Informal Joint Concert with our younger bands Tynedale Youth Jazz Ensemble and Tyne Valley Youth Big Band ?7-9pm
Saturday 27th June Haydon Bridge Beer Festival 5.30 pm-7.30pm
Sunday 12th July Music in the Park Gibside National Trust 1pm- 4pm.
Beer Festivals seem to be their natural habitat so take a bus or a train!
Lance.

From the Blue Note Harrogate to Mississippi Goddam!

(Preview by Russell)
Wynton comes to Yorkshire and Laura goes to NYC. BBC television does jazz well. The problem is, there isn’t enough of it. Two programmes (one after the other) on BBC4 this coming Friday (May 29) are welcome but there is precious little else. Grateful for crumbs tune in at 7:30pm for Nina Simone and Me with Laura Mvula. British singer Laura Mvula travels to New York to enthuse about her idol, Ms Nina Simone. Hard on the heels of the half hour documentary, Wynton Marsalis leads the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra in a Blue Note special recorded at the Royal Hall in Harrogate – Wynton Marsalis Plays Blue Note (8:00pm).

Snarky Puppy’s Bill Laurance Hits Sage Gateshead!

(Preview by Russell)
This Tuesday (26 May) Snarky Puppy’s killer rhythm section hits Sage Gateshead. Led by Londoner Bill Laurance, the trio will be on stage in Hall Two with the Netherlands’ world-famous Metropole Orchestra. Laurance (keyboards) is touring Swift, his new CD from the ‘Bill Laurance Project’ featuring Snarky Puppy’s co-founder Michael League (bass) and super-tight drummer Robert ‘Sput’ Searight.

Yuya Honami Trio @ The Jazz Café - May 22.

Peter Gilligan (pno); Paul Grainger (bs); Yuya Honami (dms).
(Review by Lance/photo byMike Tilley).
It appeared that half the population of Yokahama had descended upon the the Jazz Café - well at least that half of the population who were studying at Newcastle Uni - and rightly so. Tonight was a farewell gig for Yuya Honami, the Japanese drummer who has made such an impression at the Tuesday night jams.
Quiet, inscrutable, he delivers the goods. Not just through drive and empathy - although he has those qualities to spare - but by adding his own voice to the trio. This is a three way split. Pete setting the mood, Yuya picking up on it and Paul holding them both together.

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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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