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Bebop Spoken There

Milt Hinton: "Never seen anyone bow a Fender [bass]." - (DownBeat Jan 25, 1979).
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Laurence Cottle: “I have never played upright bass.” – (Jazz Journal April 2015).

Today Sunday April 19

Afternoon
MUSICIANS UNLIMITED BIG BAND - Park Inn, Park Rd., Hartlepool TS26 9HU. Free. 1pm.
Long established big band session on Teesside
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(Solo jazz) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 2AE. 0191 2399924. 1pm.
Quality food and great solo jazz.
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- Quakerhouse pub, Skinnergate, Darlington. 5.30pm. £4/£2.
New venue for Darlington Jazz Club. Back on ?
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AM JAM - The Globe, Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 3pm.
A jam aimed at encouraging the less experienced player giving listeners a chance to spot and encourage the stars of the future. Monthly -
Back May 10.
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MORE JAM - The Globe, Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 3pm. Free.
C'mon and blow! Monthly - Back April 26.
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SMOKIN' SPITFIRES - - The Cluny, Lime St., Ouseburn, Newcastle. 12.30pm. £6.50.
Charity fundraiser for the Bubble Foundation.
Monthly - Back May 3.
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Evening.
ANDREA PATTISON - Vermont Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle NE1 1RQ. Tel: 0191 233 1010. 6pm-9pm.
New venture in the Redwood Bar featuring various class acts.
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BRADLEY JOHNSTON QUARTET - Bridge Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle NE1 1RQ. 8pm. £6.
The young guitarist makes his Splinter debut - a treat in store.
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MAINE STREET JAZZMEN - Seaton Sluice Social Club. 8pm. £3.
Monthly - Tonight's the night!
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DEAN STOCKDALE QUARTET - Black Bull, Bridge St., Blaydon NE21 4JJ. 8pm £7.
Oscar Peterson style jazz with Dean, James Birkett, Neil Harland & Paul Smith. Monthly - Tonight's the night!
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GALA BIG BAND (led by Paul Edis) - Gala Theatre, Millennium Place, Durham. 7.30pm. £5.
We've had Paul Edis solo, trio, sextet and now big band - watch this space for the Paul Edis Symphony Orchestra!
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VIEUX CARRE JAZZMEN - Red House Pub and Farm, Hepscott Dr., Whitley Bay NE25 9XJ. 8pm. Free.
Happy Hour 8-9pm Many drinks 2-4-1!
Monthly - Back May 3.
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Saturday, April 18, 2015

Paul Skerritt Band @ The Jazz Café - April 17.


Paul Skerritt (vcl); James Harrison (pno); Anth Ord (bs gtr); Tom Chapman (dms).
(Review by Lance).
A Skerritt gig is never 'ordinary' - it's a 'happening'! To be more precise it's an occasion when anything can happen and invariably does - as our photo shows!
Entertainment is the name of the game with these guys and they provide it without loss of musical integrity (whatever that is!)
Put simply, they enjoy what they're doing and that enjoyment, being infectious, rubs off on the audience who willingly go along for the riotous ride.

Friday, April 17, 2015

CD Review: Helen Tzatzimakis - Soulfully

Helen Tzatzimakis (voice); Stelios Chatzikaleas (trumpet); Manos Athanasiadis (piano, arrangements); Antonis Arvanitis (bass)
(Review by Ann Alex).
Ms Tzatzimakis is currently studying for a doctorate in Modern Greek Literature and she is a linguist and poet.  She has won prizes for her singing and her voice has an extensive range with many tonal colours, sweet, pleasantly nasal, deep, or light and gentle. 

Phil Hudson Quintet w. Laura Adams @ Hoochie Coochie - April 17.

Phil Hudson (gtr); Graham Brown (organ); Paul James (bs); Gary Cowey (keys); Steve Wall (dms) + Laura Adams (vcl).
(Review by Lance).
Some gigs hit you in the face, full on, in the first number. Others start kind of meandering-like before moving up a gear. The former may grab you but, after that initial impact there's no place left to go whereas in the latter scenario, the tension builds and, before you know it, they too are flying and the only way is up!
Tonight was, by and large, in the latter category.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

CD Review: Eyal Vilner Big band - Almost Sunrise

(Review by Lance).
The Swing/Big Band era may no longer be with us but it is far from dead. I guess just about every major city in the jazz orientated world has it's fair quota of musicians who rehearse diligently in pubs and clubs, emerging every so often, to remind the public how it was, how it is and how it will be as long as there are people around who appreciate a well scored orchestration performed by persons (I almost said 'guys'!) capable of reading and blowing exciting solos. 

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

CD Review: Andy Sheppard Quartet – Surrounded by Sea

Andy Sheppard – tenor and soprano saxophones; Eivind Aarset – guitar, electronics; Michel Benita – double bass; Sebastian Rochford – drums.
(Review by Hugh)
This is Andy Sheppard's third album released on ECM.  The quartet is formed by the addition of Norwegian guitarist Eivind Aarset to the personnel comprising Trio Libero - whose output is encapsulated on the previous ECM release by Sheppard, which takes the name of the trio as its title.  The trio started out as an improvising trio, but in the new quartet format Sheppard wanted to “move things in a new direction with the addition of harmony and subtle grooves”.

CD Review: Alexander Hawkins Trio - Alexander Hawkins Trio

Alexander Hawkins (piano), Neil Charles (double bass) & Tom Skinner (drums & percussion)
(Review by Russell)
Alexander Hawkins is one of the most impressive pianists of his generation. Forging a path as an improvising musician, his love of the jazz tradition marks him out as one to watch in the coming years. Working with Anthony Braxton and Louis Moholo-Moholo has won him an international profile in the field of improvisation but it is his clear and genuine love and respect for the tradition that is refreshing in an improv world all too often reluctant to acknowledge past masters.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Charles Gordon/Ken Hewitt Duo @ Vermont Hotel.

Charles Gordon (pno); Ken Hewitt (ten/sop).
More an open rehearsal than a gig, Charles and Ken laid down some smooth jazz on the off chance that the residents could be seduced from their three courses to hear some music that wasn't too demanding and very easy on the ear.
Don't get me wrong, in the right setting such as The Globe or The Jazz Café on a Saturday night, these two guys could burn the place down - give them bass and drums and the fire brigade would be on standby! 
The Vermont doesn't have that kind of musical insurance so, instead, it contented me to have a pint of Wylam's Angel Bitter and listen to some good sax grooves and tasty keyboarding.
But catch these guys when the chips are down and it's 'frying tonight'!
Lance. 
Charles Gordon/Ken Hewitt Duo are at the Vermont Hotel every Tuesday (circa 9pm).

Durham University Big Band News

The Durham University Big Band are now doing wedding gigs - if you don't believe me - Ask Andy Murray!
Our fly on the wall tells me that DUBB did indeed jazz up Andy and Kim's reception!
They're also available for Bar Mitzvahs and gigs at a jazz club near you.
And, who knows, Wimbledon Jazz Club in June - the ball's in your court Andy!
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.
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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