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Bebop Spoken There

Billy May: "I doubt if the London Philharmonic would ever play South Rampart Street Parade." - (Crescendo, July 1982).
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John Zorn: “ I do what I do regardless of what the outside world might think… - (Down Beat October 2013).

Today Thursday January 29.

Afternoon.
VIEUX CARRE JAZZMEN - The Millstone, Haddricks Mill Rd., South Gosforth, NE3 1QL. 1:00pm. 0191 2853429. FREE.
New Orleans in nice pub with 4 real ales, good food and a banjo!
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WHIPLASH - Tyneside Cinema, Pilgrim St., Newcastle NE1
Much publicised film about an aspiring drummer and his tyrant of a teacher. More details.
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Evening
MAINE STREET JAZZMEN - Potters Wheel, Sunniside, NE16 5EE.8.30pm. Free.
Good Time jazz with vocals by Olive.
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THE TEES HOT CLUB - Dorman's, Oxford Rd., Linthorpe, Middlesborough, TS5 5DT. 01642 823813. 9pm. Free admission.
Gypsy jazz with guests Ray Dales (alt); Ritchie Emmerson (ten); Kevin Eland (tpt)..
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STRICTLY SMOKIN' BIG BAND - The Millstone, Haddricks Mill Rd., South Gosforth, NE3 1QL. 7pm. Free.
Monthly - Tonight's the night.
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DB JAZZ PROJECT - Bar Loco, 22 Leazes Park Rd., Newcastle. 8pm.
See right hand column for more details.
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RAT PACK VEGAS SPECTACULAR SHOW - Gala Theatre, Millennium Place, Durham City. 7.30pm. £20.
It's all in the title!
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PILGRIM STREET SET - Hoochie Coochie, 54 Pilgrim St., Newcastle NE1 6SF. 8pm. Free.
Hard blowing modern. Monthly - Back Feb. 19.
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INDIGO JAZZ VOICES - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7.30pm. Free.
Monthly, second Thursday - Back Feb. 12.
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POCKET JAZZ ORCHESTRA - Ship, Church Lane, Redmarshall, Stockton TS21 1EP. 8pm.
Jeremy McMurray, Peter Ayton, Paul Smith and guests.
Monthly - Back February 26 w. Mark Toomey.
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TBA - St. Joseph's CMS Club, Birtley. 8.15pm. £3/£2.50.
Monthly - Back on February 5 w. LEVEE RAMBLERS NOJB.

Friday, January 30, 2015

Jason Isaacs

The date for your diary is Sunday February 8  at Hoochie Coochie (5pm, doors 4pm)..
Jason Isaacs!
Jason goes down a storm wherever he appears, be it at Newcastle City Hall, Bon Bar or Boisdale down in London's trendy Canary Wharf.
He blows good saxophone too and has a band of aces backing him up.
The occasional Sunday Afternoon Swing Sessions at Hoochie  with the Strictly Smokin' Big Band and The Paul Skerritt Band have pulled in the fans and I'm sure Jason Isaacs and the Ambassadors of Swing will do likewise.
£15 - sale of the century!
Lance.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

EP Review: The Hot Wok - I Have to Peas

Raúl Romo(alt/bar); Gonzalo Fdz. de Larinoa (tmb); Perico Ráez (dms); Jon Ander Sanchez Revach (helicon); Coco G. Diez (vbs).
(Review by Lance).
I'm not quite sure how to pigeon-hole this disc from Spain - Spanish Funk? (Spunk!). It's dancy, it's jazzy and I'm not surprised that Hoochie offered them a gig if they came to NEUK (North East United Kingdom) - they're that kind of band - NUKE them they would!.

Take it to the Bridge @ The Chillingham. January 28

Dave Weisser (trumpet & vocals), Don Forbes (trumpet), Rachel Richman (alto saxophone), Barry Ascroft (keyboards), Ray Truscott (electric bass), Norman Redhead (drums) & Matthew MacKellar (drums).
(Review by Russell)
Alice in Wonderland. Stop! said workshop leader Dave Weisser. A false start. The ‘E’ is missing, I can’t play the melody said Barry Ascroft. How reassuring to know that some things are for ever! Take it to the Bridge keeps on keeping on at the Chillingham, come rain or come snow.
Snow flakes skirting the Chilli, someone called a couple of Jobim tunes – the wonderful juxtaposition wasn’t lost (a chilly Chillingham to a cooking Copocabana). Jobim didn’t proceed without discussion: Nah, scrap that, come in last beat, fourth bar. You couldn’t make it up! Drummer Norman Redhead had seen and heard it all before, taking it in his stride. Weisser decided to opt out of Joy Spring and Redhead willingly vacated the drum stool to the late arriving Matthew MacKellar (detention at school? – “Not quite my tempo Matthew”).

The Globe in February...

Some good things happening at the Railway Street HQ of the Jazz Co-op next month - check them out here.
Lance

CD review: Jack DeJohnette – Made in Chicago

Jack DeJohnette (drums), Muhal Richard Abrams (piano), Larry Gray (double bass & cello), Roscoe Mitchell (sopranino, soprano & alto saxophones, baroque flute, bass recorder) & Henry Threadgill (alto saxophone & bass flute)
(Review by Russell).
Made in Chicago was made at the 2013 Chicago Jazz Festival. Five veterans of the scene on Chicago’s Southside united after fifty years travelling the globe in their own and other bands to open the thirty fifth edition of the Windy City’s annual parkland jazz jamboree. 
Jack DeJohnette accepted an invitation to put together a group entirely of his choosing to play music of his/their choosing. The legendary drummer made a few calls to friends and the project was on. 

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Laura Jurd Septet @ The Black Swan, Newcastle. January 27

Lauren Kinsella (voice), Laura Jurd (trumpet), Chris Batchelor (trumpet), Colm O’Hara (trombone), Mick Foster (bass saxophone), Alex Roth (guitar) & Corrie Dick (drums)  
(Review by Russell/photo courtesy of Ken Drew).
Last Tuesday in the month, Jazz North East’s Schmazz strand, upstairs at the Jazz Café. The ‘Caff’ was closed, the shutters down. Had Laura Jurd’s gig been cancelled? Ah! Of course, the gig had been scheduled in the Black Swan around the corner!
The Newcastle Arts Centre on Westgate Road was open for business. The Black Swan – a basement bar and performance space – is a large venue. Jazz North East anticipated a larger audience than usual for the visit by the much talked about trumpeter and, indeed, a larger than usual audience turned up.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

CD Review: Zhenya Strigalev's Smiling Organizm - Robin Goodie

Zhenya  Strigalev (alt); Ambrose Akinmusire (tpt); Taylor Eigsti (pno); Tim Lefevbre (bs gtr); Larry Grenadier (dbl bs); Eric Harland (dms).
(Review by Lance).
Russian saxist Strigalev describes Robin Goodie as a mixture of Robin Hood and Boogie Woogie - what the Friar Tuck is that all about?
Strigalov confesses that he hasn't read The Adventures of Robin Hood but that he has seen the film! Which one? Robin Hood films probably outnumber James Bond's epics!

Tubby Hayes - A Man in A Hurry.

Thanks to John Taylor for drawing this forthcoming film to our attention.
Trailer.
Lance.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Diachronicx @ The Bridge Hotel. January 25

Gabriele Heller (voice & electronics) & Steve Glendinning (guitar).
(Review by Russell/photos courtesy of Ken Drew).
Arriving near the end of the first set (delayed train from Darlington), this is, effectively, a brief review of Heller and Glendinning’s second set. Ascending the stairs with a tip-top pint of Schiehallion, Ms Heller could be heard on stage in blues to bossa mode (guitarist Glendinning seated, fleetingly recalling Joe Pass). Honey Bee (a sailing blues said Heller) wailed Sail on, sail on my little Honey Bee, sail on, Hmmm. Excellent blues feel.

Darlington Jazz Club: It’s a New Dawn, It’s a New Day

(Report by Russell)
Darlington Jazz Club has issued a statement to inform all supporters of the regular jazz nights at the Forum Music Centre of important forthcoming changes. Sunday March 22 will be the final gig at the Forum (featuring the Darlington Big Band). The good news – Darlington Jazz Club will continue at the Quakerhouse, Mechanic’s Yard, Darlington.

Durham University Big Band @ Darlington Jazz Club. January 25

Dan Garel , Felicity Evans (alt);  Matt McKernan , John Somerton(ten); Naomi Tansey (bar); Noah Lawrence, Sam Clark, Rasmus Borowski, Charles Price (tpt);
Nat Jackson, Chris Jones (MD), Joshua Harper, Luke Bentley (tmb); Matt Jacobs (pno); Ollie Farley (gtr); Jonathan Berry (bs); Tristan Bacon (dms); Laura Paul,Will Lavelle (vcl).
(Review by Russell)
Two big occasions are on the horizon for Durham University Big Band – a showcase gig at the Pizza Express, Dean Street, London and the little matter of the defence of their title at the Great North Big Band Jazz Festival. Darlington Jazz Club extended an invitation to the band to make a first appearance at the Forum Music Centre and it was duly accepted.

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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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