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Bebop Spoken There

Dave Gelly: “From 1 January 1920, when prohibition was imposed in the US, people didn’t stop drinking, they just stopped drinking legally.” – (Jazz Journal October 2017).

Regina Carter: “When I was a teenager, I would daydream about going out on a date and dancing to Ella’s music.” (Down Beat October 2017).

Today Wednesday November 22

Afternoon
Vieux Carre Jazzmen - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.

Evening
Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. £1. 8pm.

Billy's Acoustic Blues - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free (weekly).

The Village Hall New Orleans Band - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Rd., Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:15pm. £3.

BBC Big Band - Middlesbrough Theatre, The Avenue, Middlesbrough TS5 6SA. 01642 815181. 7:30pm. £24.50.

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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Friday, November 03, 2017

Rendezvous Jazz @ St Joseph’s, Birtley - November 2

Maureen Hall (vocals), Gavin Lee (clarinet & alto saxophone), Don Fairley (trombone), Malcolm Armstrong (keyboards), John Robinson (double bass) & George Davidson (drums & vocals)
(Review by Russell)
Alabama Jubilee, Royal Telephone, Alexander’s Ragtime Band. Dixieland and gospel – trademark Rendezvous Jazz. St Joseph’s CMS Parish Centre on Birtley Lane has presented jazz for close on two decades. On an evening such as this draw the Mason-Dixon Line straight through the Borough of Gateshead. Maureen Hall’s raiders set up camp in St Joseph’s concert room. Hall’s lieutentants, Gavin Lee and Don Fairley, sat either side, armed with clarinet and alto saxophone, and trombone. In the platoon’s chuck wagon conscripts Malcolm Armstrong, keyboards, John Robinson, bass, and George Davidson, drums and vocals, were busily cooking up a mighty southern stew.

I’m the Lonesomest Gal in Town sang Hall, I Want a Girl (Just Like the Girl That Married Dear Old Dad) sang Davidson…lots of gals and girls in Birtley town tonight. Lieutenant Lee’s clarinet feature, Bechet’s Petite Fleur, and Lieutenant Fairley’s mellifluous I’m Getting Sentimental Over You enabled Hall to stand to one side and appreciate the instrumental mastery of her subordinates.

The Weary Blues produced a rarity – bassist John Robinson took a short, succinct solo! The twelve bar blues Young Fashioned Ways (as recorded by Chris Barber, said Hall) prompted a few nodding heads agreeing with Hall as she sang verse and chorus. At the Jazz Band Ball, Way Down Yonder, goodtime jazz from Rendezvous Jazz. Pianist Malcolm Armstrong suggested Hall should, perhaps, sing a slower version (à la Peggy Lee) of Baby Won’t You Please Come Home? The band retired to the bar leaving the stage to Hall and Armstrong. Voice and piano accompaniment – by far Hall’s best performance in years. Do it again Maureen!

Russell                                              

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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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