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Bebop Spoken There

Ron Carter: "A bass player should be able to play at least one decent solo with the bow that shows some facility." - (Downbeat April 9, 1964).

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Paul Chambers: “Yes, once the bassist's duties in accompanying a horn are over, the bass should have a chance to speak” – (Down Beat January 12, 1956).

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Today Sunday December 11

Afternoon

AM Jam - Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 3pm. Free.

Revolutionaires - Tyne Bar, Maling St., Ouseburn, Newcastle. 3pm. Free.

TBA - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle NE1 1RQ. 2pm. Free.
Alan Law (Solo piano) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 1:00pm. No cover charge.
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Musicians Unlimited - Park Inn, Park Rd., Hartlepool. 1pm. Free.
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Evening.
Durham Alumni Big Band/Durham County Youth Band/Little Big Band - Spiegeltent, Market Place, Darlington. 6pm.
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Cameron Vale - Bridge Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle NR1 1RQ. £8/£6. JNE 'On the Outside'. 8pm. JNE/Splinter.
Budtet - Prohibition Bar, Arch 3, Brandling St., Gateshead NE8 2BA. 7pm (doors 6pm). Free.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Saturday, December 10, 2016

CD Review: New York Brass Band - Hardcore Horn


(Review by Lance).
A familiar sight on the streets of York and at weddings and corporate functions in and around the ancient streets of that renowned cathedral city - not to mention festivals further afield - the New York Brass Band bring a taste of present-day New Orleans to present-day North Yorkshire.
It's soulful and swinging, pulsating and percussive. I first heard them at the Cumberland Arms back in 2013. Then, I was informed, they were banned by the council from busking on the streets of their hometown because of causing traffic congestion. I don't know if the ban was ever rescinded - I can understand both sides of the argument - but I think it's fair to say that, wherever they play, they're going to draw a crowd.

Ayana Witter-Johnson @ Jazz Café - December 10.

Two great photos of Ayana Witter-Johnson courtesy of Mike Tilley. Review to follow shortly.

Friday, December 09, 2016

McVay and the Swing Time Jivers coming to Sage Gateshead

Three weeks today – Friday 30th December – Ray McVay returns to Sage Gateshead to present his Glenn Miller show. It’s a three o’clock rendezvous in Sage One and it looks like being the biggest gathering yet for this now annual occasion. McVay’s band knows the music inside out, soloists are given the opportunity to shine and the energetic Swing Time Jivers will dance themselves silly, and, no doubt, some jivers in the audience will be tempted to join them!    
Vocalists Colin Anthony (BBC Big Band) and Catherine Sykes (Leeds College of Music) will be joining the band to sing a selection of favourites, so to be sure of your seat, phone Sage Gateshead’s ticket office now: 0191 443 4661. 

Russell.

Barber packs ‘em in at Sage Gateshead

Keen gig-goer Margaret Barnes is delighted to report a full house at Sage Gateshead, there to hear the indestructible Chris Barber. Playing as well as ever, the Big Chris Barber Band presented a typically varied programme of New Orleans jazz, Ellington, blues, and several of Barber’s hits down through the years. There is no stopping the man. He’ll be back next year, so, check out Bebop Spoken Here for news of Barber’s concerts in Northumberland and on Tyneside.   

Russell.        

Emma Fisk and James Birkett @ St Cuthberts Church, Shadforth, Durham - December 8.

Emma Fisk (violin), James Birkett (guitar).
(Review by Steve T)
This is the second Jazz concert I've been to here, courtesy of the Lawrence mother, Allison Fenton, also vicar of the parish. It coincided with a spectacular Christmas Tree Festival, the church lined with nineteen full-size trees decorated in various themes by an assortment of local organisations.
Emma and James are two-quarters of Gypsy Jazz outfit Hot Club du Nord and this duo is something of a spin-off, stepping back a generation presenting the music of  Eddie Lang and Joe Venuti which was so influential on Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli, highlighted by the ever charismatic Ms Fisk, who has taken on the role of Jazz historian and educator, setting the scene for each 'tune', observing that Sunshine was recorded the day before Django’s seventeenth [birthday].
This part of Jazz history is largely a mystery to me and I guess many others and I think this is the point and the purpose of the duo, so I'm probably the target audience. 

Thursday, December 08, 2016

CD Review: Chicago Stompers - Sing...It's Good for You!

(Review by Lance)
The philological use of vintage musical instruments, instrumentation, and inspired period clothes, together with a unique, peppy and sparkling show, is the most distinctive feature of this ensemble, which has already tread the boards of the most important “classic jazz” events in the world
So reads the words on the band’s website. As this young Italian band played at Whitley Bay in 2008/2009, who’s going to argue?

EP Review: Medeljazz Quartet - Yesternow.

Laurent Medelgi (guitar); Nicolas Fabre (Hammond/Rhodes); Sergio Turetta (bass); Elisabeth Keledjian (drums).
(Review by Lance).
I don't, by and large, review downloads. If someone has forked out postage and packing to send me an album then I will always give then priority in an already overcrowded field.
So why is this EP an exception? Sentiment, I guess. When I read that Michael Steinman of the American blog Jazz Lives had posted enthusiastically about it I knew I had to check it out. 

Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Alter Ego @ The Fox Inn, Hexham. Dec 6

Keith Robinson (alto saxophone), Niall Armstrong (tenor saxophone & flute), Dave Hignett (trumpet & flugelhorn), Andy Hawking (keyboards), Tony Abell (bass) & David Francis (drums)
(Review by Russell/Photo of Keith Robinson from BSH Archives).
The last night of the tour said, Keith Robinson. The first night (Thursday, December 1) at Durham’s Empty Shop, then, five days later, the tour bus completed its tortuous journey from Durham to Hexham just as the rain began to fall. The Fox Inn, just off the Allendale road, home to Hexham Jazz Club, welcomed Alter Ego, appearing remarkably fresh, making a beeline to the bar.

Jazz Café Jam Session - December 6

Alan Law (piano); Paul Grainger (bass); Russ Morgan (drums) + Gary Brown (bass guitar); Brenda Sokell (vocal); Paul Gowland (soprano); John Pope (bass); Matt Mackellar (drums); Don Forbes (trumpet).
(Review by Lance).
The last Jam at The Caff of 2016 had Alan Law steering the ship in the absence of Admiral Gilligan who's currently cruising in the Antipodes. Law, an admirable pianist himself, avoided any passing icebergs as he took the trio through There is no Greater Love, Close Your Eyes and It Could Happen to You.
First of the stowaways was Gar(r)y Brown on bass guitar who gave us Blue Bossa and Autumn Leaves. He claimed to be a newcomer to jazz - it didn't show!

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Saturnalia Festival @ Sage Gateshead


The ubiquitous Paul Edis has reminded me that Sage Gateshead presents its Saturnalia Festival next week on December 12, 13,& 14. As well as the main events (details) there are lots of free events on the Concourse. Participants are students and alumni bands culminating on Wednesday, December 14 with a performance by the Strictly Smokin' Big Band.

Lance.

HTrio @ The Bridge Hotel, Newcastle - December 4

Mark Hanslip (tenor), Otto Willberg (bass), Andrew Cheetham (drums). 
(Review by Steve T/Photo courtesy of Ken Drew)
Having been floored by the unrelenting intensity of the JD Allen Trio, it will be some time before I dare miss another sax, bass and drums trio, and this one a mere fifty mile round trip. 
On the surface, they were the same thing, but in reality were worlds apart. Like the folky regulars downstairs in the Bridge who seemed to spontaneously burst into a version of Sloop John B which couldn't quite decide whether it was skiffle or novelty West Coast boy band; (oops, another sacred cow sacrificed).

RIP Herbert Hardesty


Herbert Hardesty may not be a name familiar to many of us in the UK but those of us with a leaning towards early rock 'n' roll and R'n'B will know the Fats Domino records such as I'm Walkin', When my Dreamboat Comes Home and countless others. If they have a tenor sax solo on them, and they usually did, it's a fair bet that the horn player was Herbert Hardesty who died on December 3 at the age of 91.

As well as Domino, Hardesty also played with Basie, Ellington, Ray Charles and many others. He spent time in the house band of one of the Vegas hotels backing artists such as Ella, Bennett, and Sinatra as well as recording with Hank Jones in New York.
A native of New Orleans, Hardesty also played trumpet and double bass.
Rest In Peace.
Obituary.
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.)
Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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