Bebop Spoken There
Miles Kington: "If the intake of alcohol fails to improve a jazz player's performance, why do jazz listeners think it improves their appreciation?" - (Jazz Express October 1982).
Barbara Jay: "My first gig was at the Astoria, Charing Cross Rd. It seemed like a den of iniquity to me. All the Soho girls were there and the gigolos with their old women paying them to dance..." - (Jazz UK May 2008.)
Today Monday February 27
Saturday, April 30, 2011
Friday, April 29, 2011
The house band: Omid Ramak, Mark Williams and John Pope did wonders on Solar and Giant Steps; with a nice mid-tempo latin feel. As the jam got under way, tunes such as Well You Needn't, Beatrice, Softly As In A Morning Sunrise, Straight No Chaser, There Is No Greater Love and Beautiful Love poured out nicely. One of the many highlights of the night (I'm told!) was during Straight No Chaser where Fiona Littlewood and myself were trading with scat singing. The cider did justice to my throat after holding that last note for a whole 12 bars!
Thursday, April 28, 2011
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Video of gig.
Monday, April 25, 2011
Sunday, April 24, 2011
Saturday, April 23, 2011
Henry played Woodstock 1969 with the Keef Hartley Band, he tells us all about travelling into Woodstock, the sights,sounds and smells and the performances! Henry reveals all about the day Eric Clapton talked about forming a band called "Cream"..
He also met Miles Davis,and worked with John Mayall's Blues Breakers, Jack Bruce, Gil Evans, Henry Mancini, The Pretenders and so many more...
It's only on the internet so you need to go to
http://www.rivergibbsfm.com/ and you can hear it on real player, i-tunes or a couple of other formats.
(Forwarded by Adrian, edited by Lance.)
PS: Don't forget that Henry Lowther can be heard with VOTNJO at the Bridge later this year.
PPS: Emma informs me that the show is actually repeated Wednesday 27th April at 9pm! She also informs me that her show (Sunday Speakeasy) is on Every Sunday at 12 noon and 9pm. people can "Like" on her Sunday Speakeasy page on facebook.
Friday, April 22, 2011
Thursday, April 21, 2011
Back to the music.
Pictured left in the picture above is good buddy Charlie and, I'm guessing, the guy who does stand-in's for Omar Bin Laden.
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
For more photos of the April 14 gig taken by Pam visit the Jazz Today Photo Gallery.
Monday, April 18, 2011
A great band, a great venue.
Bill was almost 86 and was renowned in the Carlisle area for his jazz. He played with John Cowan and the Lairds of Dixieland, The Gelt River Jazzband,and the Victory V Jazzband as well as his own Bill Shenton Band with his son Peter and his two grandsons on keyboards and drums.
His New Orleans type funeral took place today, April 18th at Carlisle Crem and was a fantastic celebration of his life My daughter Lisa has compiled a tribute to him on her blog http://www.letyerhairdown.blogspot.com/ and the Cumberland News are preparing a video for release on their web site shortly
We will be dedicating the proceeds of the Victory V's Great Whittington Jazz Picnic to the Alzheimers Society as a tribute to Bill.
The date of the picnic will be Sunday 7th August but I will confirm this later, nearer the time
RIP Bill Shenton
This is an exciting little band led by a superb violinist - Elaine Binney. With Peter Skeen on guitar and vocals, Keith Mills on bass and Jae Brooks on drums prepare yourself for an evening of musical delights to complement the culinary ones.
Sunday, April 17, 2011
Link to bilshk site.
I arrived at 6pm for the 6.30pm opening. Sat downstairs with a pint of Stella, listening to some Stan Getz on my mp3 and had a close encounter with a young prostitute who wanted money for a bus ticket; no need to go into more detail!
The show didn't kick off until 7.30ish and began with a few tunes from the house band - Omid, John and Mark. This included Blues for Pat (Metheny) and All The Things You Are. As the house band disembarked to allow musicians from the audience to jam, there was only Myself, Ivan and Matt to deliver the goods. But half way through the song, in walked Rob who crashed straight on drums with style. More musicians were arriving and the tunes were pouring out: including a free improv session, re-working of Scarborough Fair and classics such as Autumn Leaves (with Mark Williams in heavy metal mode), You Don't Know What Love Is, Mr PC, Oleo, Bright Size Life (Metheny), Alone Together, Doxy and the night finished with Willow Weep For Me.
A great night, great crowd of musicians and jazz followers and I'm even told by Omid that the bar upstairs will be open for service as of the next Thursday. So it was defintely worth the effort to make it down.
Saturday, April 16, 2011
Noel's lyrical trumpet playing can be heard on the Roly Veitch album mentioned a couple of posts back and it would seem the romanticism his playing evolves works off the bandstand too (or is that two?)
Congratulations from Bebop Spoken Here.
Lance & Co.
Any one who loves modern jazz that is provocative without being musically aggressive are urged to write the date in their diary - underlined in CAPITALS. I just know this is going to be one of the year's outstanding gigs.
He soars assertively when needed, cajoles and caresses with molto lyricism on the ballads and demonstrates unequivocally that it is possible for contemporary jazz to be accessible.
Laurence Cottle on bass, Frank Harrison, piano, and Chris Nickolls, drums keep the faith - what a rhythm section!
The music is a mix of originals and standards - in my eyes the perfect recipe.
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Friday, April 15, 2011
The photos are really iconic and depict perfectly the attractively derelict ambience of the place.
Thank you Ali, thank you Lindsay.
Thursday, April 14, 2011
Crook rarely features in "Be-bop….", this 150 year-old hall had probably never hosted a jazz gig before and things seemed to start inauspiciously when Paul was attacked by his own flute a few bars into Have You Met Miss Jones! Although the flute came Out of Nowhere (well, off the top of the upright piano, actually), never a beat was missed and the evening seemed to get thematically sunnier as the darkness fell outside. Then, when Roly (nice vocals) said I’m Old-Fashioned, we all agreed to be old-fashioned too!
Eden Ahbez’s Nature Boy then brought an air of wistful enchantment with soft vocals and a magical flute solo (it was worth bringing it, after all) from Paul. Next up, My Funny Valentine took us from wistful to whimsical with some fine interplay between piano and guitar.
The mood changed again with the tender, what I thought was an Edis original but turns out to be by Johnny Mandel (see comments), Emily, which opened with solo flute echoing around the beautiful, high-beamed hall and which featured an excellent bass solo with flute long-notes in the background – a new combination on me! The set closed with Jerome Kerr’s Look for the Silver Lining exhorting us to "find the sunny side of life" which, with such tunes (and pizza to come at half time), is pretty much where we were at anyway!
After the interval Roly performed two dialect songs – one for the Mags and one for the Mackems – which went down really well considering we were so far south! Then we REALLY swung into the second set with It Don’t Mean a Thing…..where the bass solo again got deserved applause. After which it was back to sunshine (sitting on a rainbow) jazz with I’ve Got the World on a String, followed by Bye Bye Blackbird on which Roly crooned and Paul trilled and soloed as if four and twenty piano styles had been baked in a pie and turned out hot!
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
PS: It dates before the days of Syd Dale but interesting, nevertheless, is this autographed photo of the original wartime Squadronaires sent to me by that indefatigable historian Colin Aitchison.
Herbie Hudson had brought together the regular group but included Paul Smith on drums and Colin Haikney on keyboard. Both made excellent contributions to the evening as did the front line crew who played with energy and style and with empathy on slower melodies. Jim Birkett and his guitar played with the group from the beginning as though he had always been a MSJ member and delighted us all with his personal renditions of I Can't Give You Anything But Love, One Note Samba, Polka Dots and Moonbeams and Lullaby of Birdland. Throughout he was ably supported by a superb rythmn section with Alan Rudd on bass;Paul on drums and Colin on keyboard. Herbie enthralled us with his harmonica as always and his vocals.
With Jim McBriarty on clarinet, sax and vocals this is a very versatile group.
Ray Harley swung as only he can - great. Olive came on stage for a couple of numbers (not often enough Olive) and gave a polished performance.
Throughout the evening our members showed their appreciation as we do in Ashington as we like to listen here and express ourselves.
An unexpected contribution to the evening came from a youthful couple from Newcastle who came to Jazz Dance which was different and applauded. It is good to see an interest from our youth at any time.
We must mention Mr. & Mrs Ron Pollard who also danced for us in the style that we remember so well and would love to take part if we had the energy.Thanks to you both.
We look forward to a repeat on the first Wednesday in May. See you there and thanks for coming.
I look forward to continuing to hear the various individuals at the Sunday afternoon Jazz Café Jam Sessions.
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Monday, April 11, 2011
Sunday, April 10, 2011
The sheer power of the ensemble was awesome without being deafening. This is one band I never tire of hearing and I look forward to a future event featuring legendary trumpet player Henry Lowther.
Photos by Lance.
Photos by Jerry.
Saturday, April 09, 2011
Jazz Library (Radio 3, 4:00 pm) features guitarist Mike Stern in conversation with Alyn Shipton recorded at the recent Gateshead International Jazz Festival. Topics covered include working with Miles, Bob Berg and the Breckers. In last week's edition of Jazz Library Alyn Shipton's guest was Joe Lovano (Lovano shared the bill with Stern in Hall One at Gateshead's Sage) and this programme can be listened to via BBCi Player until 4:00 pm today.
Friday, April 08, 2011
Information about Hampshire Bus's bus service number Jazz 2 from Basingstoke to Baughurst (Badgers Wood).
Can any of our readers provide more info? Is the journey to Badgers Wood a sort of Riverboat Shuffle on wheels?
Does the driver sing the blues? Can you get a Pigfoot and a bottle of beer? Do they allow banjos to travel unaccompanied? Lance.
Thursday, April 07, 2011
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- Tonight at the Cherry Tree
- ACV - Splinter @ The Bridge Hotel, Newcastle.
- Ray Stubbs All-Stars @ Central Bar, Gateshead.
- Jam Session @ The Bridge Thursday April 14.
- Sammy Rimington @ The Fell @ The Legion Part 2.
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- A Touch of Nostalgia.
- NeWt + 1 @ The Bridge.
- Jazz Café Jam
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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.)