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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.)

Archives.

Today Sunday February 26.

Afternoon.
Mark Williams (solo guitar) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 12:30pm. Free.
More Jam - Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 3pm. Free.
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Blues @ The Bay - Tanner Smith's 17-19 South Parade, Whitley Bay NE26 2RE, 0191 2525941. 4pm. Free. Blues jam w. Scott Wall & Charlie Philp.
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Musicians Unlimited - Park Hotel, Park Rd., Hartlepool TS26 9HU. 01249 233126.1pm. Free.
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Evening
Maine St. Jazzmen - Seaton Sluice Social Club, Collywell Bay Rd., Seaton Sluice NE26 4QZ. 8pm. £4.
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Shaun Henderson Band - Quakerhouse, Mechanics Yard, Darlington. 6pm. £5.
Jazz Jam - Empty Shop, 35c Framwellgate Bridge, Durham DH1 4SY. 7:30pm. Free.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Grandma @ The Jazz Cafe - February 3

Graeme Wilson (saxophone) and Mark Williams (guitar).
(Review by JC/Archive photo courtesy of Ken Drew.)
Grandma arrived at the Jazz Cafe last Friday and plenty of fans turned up to visit her.
 "What a sweet mellow saxophone sound you have, Grandma"
"All the better to enhance your listening pleasure"
"What big chords you play on your guitar, Grandma"
"All the better to attract you to my music, my dears"
And people were attracted. The Jazz Cafe was, in my experience, unusually quiet as the musicians were playing, creating a very pleasant listening atmosphere.

Happily there were no wolves in headscarves around but nevertheless plenty of sharp-toothed playing. The two fine musicians that make up Grandma are both excellent individual players but together make up a whole that is more than the sum of their musical parts. The duo plays tunes written by each of them and have developed an excellent understanding of each other's approach. Each leaves the other plenty of space but then add harmonic touches and pick up on riffs on the other's solos. At one point in the middle of a tune one of my bar-leaning companions said (in a low voice) the piece could do with a little lift and, right on cue, the tune immediately took off and was sensational. That's jazz for you!
Sometimes it was a little hard to hear the titles of the various pieces as there was no microphone and Grandma Wilson was inclined to mumble slightly into his multi-coloured shirt but I'm not sure that made any difference.  One intro I did hear was when Wilson said the next piece was by Williams and was called Bye the Bye. "What's that about?" asked Wilson, "Oh, just bye the bye" said Williams gnomically. Anyway it didn't matter as it could have been called 'Little Red Riding Hood Meets the Big Bad Wolf' and still would have been an excellent tune.  This is a great duo of top musicality and well worth looking out for.
JC

PS - I am happy to report that no young children were eaten during this gig.

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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.
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