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Bebop Spoken There

Eddie Harris: "I haven't been given the stamp of acclaim--by whoever it is does the stamping." - (Down Beat June 15, 1966).

Bebop Spoken There Archives.

Today Tuesday July 29

Afternoon.
PAUL's NEW ORLEANS MUSIC SHOW - Bell & Bucket, 37 Norfolk St., North Shields. 1pm. Free.
Classic New Orleans.
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Evening.
JAZZ CLUB - Saltburn Conservative Club, Saltburn by the Sea. 8.30pm. Free.
Ian Bosworth (gtr); Jeff Aucott (Hammond); John Sparrow (dms); Adrian Beadnell (bs) + guests.
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MAINE ST. JAZZMEN - British Legion, West Jesmond (nr. Metro Station). 8:30pm. £5.
Always a stomping good session.
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GAVIN LEE's DIXIELAND JAZZ BAND - New Inn, 29 Church St., Durham. DH1 3DN. 9pm. Free.
Gavin's bands are always interesting and this is well worth the trip.
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PAUL SKERRITT BAND - Park Inn, Park Rd., Hartlepool. 9pm. Free + Raffle.
You're liable to meet Mack the Knife, Leroy Brown and the delectable Miss Jones.
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JAM SESSION - - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. Free.
Chance to blow, sing, juggle with top class trio. Fortnightly (ish) - Back August 5

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

RIP Brian Innes.

Brian Innes, amongst many other things, percussionist with the original Temperance Seven, died on July 14 age 86.
Possibly the most unusual band ever to hit the pop and the jazz scene Innes himself remained a character even after death.
At his request, the music played at the crematorium was Benny Goodman's Smoke Get's In Your Eyes!
We may never see his like again...
RIP.
Obituary.
Lance

Papanosh @ The Bridge July 27

Raphaël Quenehen (alto & soprano sax); Quentin Ghomari (trumpet, trombone); Sebastian Palis (accordion, keyboards); Thibault Cellier (bass); Jérémie Piazza (drums).
(Review by Steve H/Photo courtesy of Ken Drew).
The city of Newcastle has quite an affinity with French players, the local football team seems to be made up almost entirely of  French speakers. For the second time in almost as many weeks a band from across the water graced us with their presence and what a joy it was. The upstairs room at The Bridge was adequately filled but it should have been packed to the rafters for this wonderfully inventive and creative band.  

Monday, July 28, 2014

Newbiggin Music Festival July 26/27









The jazz element of the festival began at the bandstand on Saturday afternoon. An hour long session from Keith Stephen's Hot Club Trio featured a surprise guest singer. Mr Frank Bertorelli from the nearby caffé sang 3 swing numbers and danced his way round the plaza to an appreciative audience. Caroline Irwin was also featured on a few numbers. It was a shame they did not do a second set
Sunday evening saw the Vieux Carré Jazzmen playing outside the Old Ship Inn, just along the promenade from the bandstand. Its not often they play outside but Brian's banjo blended well with Phil Rutherford's Sousa. The Old Ship was the pub where many years ago the late Ronnie Robinson played for a while with the then newly reformed VCJ. (If I remember correctly the band stopped playing for a while after "Gassy" died)  A small audience of about 40 enjoyed a pleasant evening of old time jazz and ale. Lets hope the festival returns next year and is not just a "one off".
John T.

Papanosh @ The Bridge - July 27

Raphael Quenehen (saxes); Quentin Ghomari (tpt/tmb); Sebastian Palis (keys); Thibault Cellier (bs); Jeremie Piazza (dms).
(Photo courtesy of Ken Drew).
This isn't the official review of last night's gig - just a few observations!
After spending the last three weeks watching Le Tour de France I couldn't not pick up on this visit, courtesy of JNE and Splinter, by the French band Papanosh. to Le Pont.
I'm pleased I did. C'est magnifique is totally inadequate. This was Tres Formidable - Le Tour sans les bicyclette!
The frantic ensembles - the mad dash for the line. The solos, the ascent of Le Tourmalet and the 80kph descents. The balladic moments - the sadness at the departures of Froome, Cavendish and Contador. The drum solos equated to the pile-ups.
But this wasn't just about this years Tour it was all of them - Bartali/Coppi, Lemond/Fignon. Hinault, Anquetil, Nibali (of course) and Uncle Tom Simpson and all...
Vive Le Tour - Vive Le Splinter.
Lance (not Armstrong!).
Review by Steve H to follow!

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Night and Day, it’s Jazz on Radio 3

Composer of the Week (Radio 3, 12 noon, Monday to Friday) features Cole Porter. Throughout the week some of the great interpreters of his music can be heard including Bing, Billie, Ella, Frank and Fred. On Monday (July 28) Paul Jones (Radio 2, 7:00pm) includes a set by the Heritage Blues Orchestra. Later on Monday (Radio 3, 11:00pm) Jazz on 3 presents four emerging acts at this year’s Manchester Jazz Festival. At the end of the week In Tune at BBC at the Quay (Radio 3, Friday 1 August, 4:30pm) comes live from Glasgow. Gwilym Simcock is one of Sean Rafferty’s guests. Over on Radio 2 there is another chance to hear Friday Night is Music Night (8:00pm) originally broadcast in May as part of Radio 2’s guitar season. During the interval (8:45pm) Martin Taylor and Martin Simpson discuss their guitar heroes. Set your alarm or stay up all night to hear Insight – New Orleans (BBC 6 Music, 4:00am, Saturday), the musical story of the Big Easy.     

Russell.

CD (s) Review: Nina Simone - Original Album Series.

The Amazing Nina Simone  (1959); Nina Simone at Town Hall (1959); Forbidden Fruit (1960); Nina Simone Sings Ellington (1962); Folksy Nina (1964).
(Review by Debra M.)
This 5 CD collection  is a re-issue of Nina Simone’s early recordings with her first big label Colpix Records, which followed her debut LP ‘Little Boy Blue’ with Bethlehem Records.  Her impact had been such that, unusually, Colpix  gave her complete creative control.

DVD Review: Arrows Into Infinity - Charles Lloyd

(Review by Lance).
A fascinating and compelling documentary about the iconic saxophonist and flautist Charles Lloyd. Now one of jazz's elder statesmen, Lloyd's 1966 album Forest Flower was, like A Kind of Blue, a work that found its way into the lives and record collections of listeners outside of the jazz world.
Arrows Into Infinity follows Lloyd, in his own words and through the words of associates past and present such as Herbie Hancock, Jack DeJohnette, Ornette Coleman (there's footage of them shooting pool together), Jason Moran, Eric Harland, Geri Allen and many more.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Thomas Brown Affair @ Hoochie Coochie July 25.

Kenny Thomas (vcl); Wayne Brown (keys); Frank Felix (bs); Sophie Alloway (dms).
(Review by Lance).
"It's not Jazz" said Warren as I propped myself up against a tall table. It was a sell out gig and high chairs had been removed to allow the audience space to breathe. A guy built like a BSH positioned himself in front of me so I relocated to a spot nearer the stage albeit further from the bar!
As Warren said, it wasn't jazz. It was Soul, Funk, Rock it was... hang about, weren't Soul, Funk and Rock genres that had their roots in Jazz? 
If it wasn't Jazz, well, it was close enough for me and the London Jazz Festival where The Thomas Brown Affair (Wayne Brown, Kenny Thomas - get it?) are playing  on November 21.
More importantly, tonight they took Hoochie apart!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Peter Gilligan and Friends @ Hoochie Coochie

Peter Gilligan (keys); Mark Williams (gtr); Paul Grainger (bs); Jeff Armstrong (dms).
(Review by Lance).
A funkyish set by four of the local favourites that deserved to be better attended raising the question as to why musicians don't support each other's gigs?
If they did, surely it would create more work all-round? It's not just a north east problem, other promoters and bloggers around the country have made similar observations. Some aspiring musicians don't even show up at jam sessions!
Think about it guys, you might even learn something, even if it's what not to do!
Rant over.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Jazz Services - An Open Letter to the Arts Council

Jazz Services has sent an open letter to Alan Davey re the recent withdrawal of their funding by the Arts Council.
Link.
Lance.

RISING NORTHERN JAZZ TALENT TO GET FESTIVAL SHOWCASE

AN OUTSTANDING band of young musicians is being given the chance to make its name, thanks to a pioneering initiative by Jazz North, the organisation devoted to nurturing and showcasing talent.
Jam Experiment, comprising five musicians from Manchester aged from 16 to 18 is the first beneficiary of the Jazz North Introduces scheme, which offers them high-profile exposure at leading jazz festivals in the north, along with help in promoting themselves.

Jazz Café Jam. July 22.

Steve Glendinning (gtr); Paul Grainger (bs); Paul Wight (dms). + Debra Mil;ne. Ann Alex, Ewa Szymczewska (vcls); Paul Scott (gtr/vcl); Paul Gowland (alt); Richard Herdman (gtr); Ray Truskett (bs); Johnny Davis (ten); Andy ? (ten) + ? (drums); ? (piano); ? (gtr) etc.
(Review by Lance).
The advertised Peter Gilligan was in Manchester so it was guitarist Steve Glendinning who took on the role of lynch pin 'twixt house band and jammers of which there were an abundance tonight.
The room too was crowded and the atmosphere was as sizzling as the setting sun outside. Too much to recall in detail.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Edinburgh Fringe Jazz 2014

The Playtime team, who stage weekly jazz sessions at the Outhouse in Edinburgh, have announced an expansion of activities during the city’s Fringe festival.
Beginning with pianist Dave Milligan on Monday August 4, guests including saxophonist Julian Arguelles, organist and former Young Scottish Jazz Musician of the Year Pete Johnstone, and bassist Brodie Jarvie will feature in a programme that runs until August 21 in the Outhouse’s congenial, intimate loft.
Situated just round the corner from the city centre terminus of Edinburgh’s new tram system, the Outhouse has proved a popular Fringe jazz venue over the past few years, with American singers Barbara Morrison and Lillian Boutte among those who have enjoyed successful residencies there, and the Playtime series will supplement similar residencies this year with early evening and late-night concerts.

Noel Dennis & Friends @ The Cherry Tree July 21.

Noel Dennis (tpt/flg); Jeremy McMurray (pno); Neil Harland (bs).
"I'm in a Chet Baker mood tonight" said Noel. "Really?" I replied, hardly surprised - Chet is his alter ego. Indeed I sometimes wonder if Noel isn't a younger, cleaner living, relation of Chet's!. 
Tonight was an absolute gem of jazz chamber music. Noel is the only brass man I know who sounds as cool on trumpet as he does on flugel.
There is no Greater Love and the Lincolnshire Poacher & Spinach Soufflé was my delight this Monday night followed by Four, a Tom Harrell number. and Beautiful Love which summed up the Chargrilled Bistro Rump Steak with Peppercorn Butter and Traditional Steak Garnish.
Everything Happens to Me and Freddie Freeloader rounded off the set although I was far from feeling any kind of blue - how could I after Sticky Toffee Pudding, Caramel Sauce and Vanilla Ice Cream? Not to mention the superb playing of these three aces.
Lance.

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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.
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