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John Postgate: "Oscar Peterson played a good solo in 1954..." - (Jazz Monthly August 1960)

Bill Evans: "A composer writes something, and an orchestra interprets it--he spends maybe six months writing 10 minutes of music, but a jazz musician spends 10 minutes of playing 10 minutes of music, and he performs it himself". - (Jazz Monthly July1960).

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Today Friday October 20

Afternoon
Rendezvous Jazz - The Monkseaton Arms, Front St., Monkseaton, Whitley Bay NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free.

Hand to Mouth: Lindsay Hannon & Bradley Johnston - Bishop Auckland Town Hall. 1:00pm. £5.00.

Vasilis Xenopoulos & Paul Edis - Lit & Phil, 23 Westgate Rd., Newcastle NE1 1SE. 1:00pm. £5.00.

Evening
Julija Jacenaite & Alan Law - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 9pm. Free.

King Bees - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.

Vasilis Xenopoulos & Nigel Price w Paul Edis Trio - Traveller’s Rest, West Auckland Road, Cockerton, Darlington. DL3 9ER. 8:30pm. £10.00. Opus 4.

Hot 8 Brass Band - Northumbria Students’ Union, Sandyford Road, Newcastle NE1 8SB. Tel: 0191 227 4757 (SU enquiries). 7:30pm. £20.35.

Twin Beam - Hidden Heights Creative Studio, Brandling Street, Gateshead NE8 2BA. 6:30pm. Tickets: £5.00. in advance from Arch 16 Café (next to High Level Bridge). An Oxjam Gateshead Bridges Quarter event. Multi bill, multi venue.

Beth Macari - Prohibition Bar, Brandling Street, Gateshead NE8 2BA. 6:30pm. Tickets: £5.00. in advance from Arch 16 Café (next to High Level Bridge). An Oxjam Gateshead Bridges Quarter event. Multi bill, multi venue.

Sting - Bamburgh Castle. 7:15pm. Tickets: £250.00. & £150.00. Acoustic. Charity gig.

Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7pm.

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

Friday, October 20, 2017

Vasy's Back in Town and so is Nigel Price...

The ever-popular saxman Vasilis Xenopoulos began his barnstorming tour of the northeast this lunchtime in tandem with pianist Paul Edis at the Lit and Phil in Newcastle. 
Tonight, the duo, augmented with top UK guitarist Nigel Price, Paul Susans on bass and Russ Morgan on drums, they play the Opus 4 Club in Darlington. 
Tomorrow night, sans Edis, they play Eyemouth and come Sunday they're at Blaydon Jazz Club - Mick Shoulder plays bass on this one.
Russell will be reporting all of the gigs apart from Eyemouth (passport expired) so watch this space.
Jerry was at today's lunchtime session and sent these photos as a taster to the Lit and Phil review.
Lance.

CD Launch: Oli Rockberger - Sovereign. Press release

(Press release)
Pianist, vocalist, songwriter and producer Oli Rockberger’s fourth studio release, Sovereign (his first for the Whirlwind label and following on from his self-release Old Habits), takes its title from the viewpoints of transition, growth and independence. The music for this album came together from a decision to return to his native London after sixteen years in the United States where, following successful graduation from Berklee College of Music attended as a Full Tuition Scholarship recipient, his hugely formative New York career developed as sideman to big-name jazz instrumentalists including Randy Brecker, Will Lee (with Steve Gadd) and Nathan East, to working alongside acclaimed singer-songwriters Carly Simon, Jesse Harris and John Mayer. Now based in the UK capital, Rockberger continues to work internationally as an in-demand sideman, with recent collaborations including Becca Stevens, Richard Spaven, Fridolijn and Louis Cole, in addition to his ongoing work with acclaimed UK songstress Laura Mvula, as a member of her touring band (keys/vocals). 

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Glowrogues @ Empty Shop - October 18

Sam Healey (alto), ? (tenor), Aaron Diaz (trumpet & electronics), Ben Watte (keys), Dan Brew (guitar), Jamie Brewster (bass) & Jim Molyneux (drums)
(Review by Russell)
Dance the Story is one of the tunes on Manchester-based Glowrogues’ debut download album Live at Jazz Plus Presents. The seven-piece band is touring its new ‘product’ on a word-of-mouth, social media whirlwind tour, and, at Durham’s Empty Shop, band and audience danced the night away. At this gig Glowrogues’ record label had a very local connection. Founders Charles and Chris knew all about the venue having recently graduated from Durham University. Now London-based, their Jazz Plus Presents business partnership inked in a Durham date on Glowrogues’ autumn tour.

CD Review: Eddie Daniels & Roger Kellaway - Just Friends

(The press release says as much, and more, about this album than I could ever come up with. Nevertheless, I go along with every word. Daniels has long been my favourite modern clarinet player of the post-De Franco era and, unlike the clarinet men who preceded him, he was one mighty tenor player too. However, its clarinet all the way here and an object lesson for anyone who thinks that modern clarinet, played with technique is passé. Maybe it is as these tracks were recorded in 1988! – Lance).

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

A Dixieland Day in the Dales

Guitarist Ron Hampton of Tees Hot Club fame has asked me to mention a trad gig coming up in Leyburn, North Yorkshire.
The Frisco Bay Hot Stompers are crossing the Pennines to play the Bolton Arms Hotel in Leyburn, North Yorkshire which is interesting for a few reasons.
The personnel includes Tom Derbyshire on bass (pictured) who, many years ago, was part of the Jim Vincent Trio with the late Marshall Walker on drums. He also, I believe, played in a college band with the late Bill Shaw. I also did a gig with him many many years ago - too long ago to remember. The last time I saw Tom was either at Marshall's funeral or when he did a dep gig with the Maine Street Jazzmen at Rosie's in South Shields. 
So much for the reminiscences!

And the band played on… Jazz Café Jam Session – October 17

(Review by Russell)
The Jazz Café’s jam session is rapidly approaching legendary status. The Pink Lane venue across the road from Newcastle Central Station is the place to be at eight o’clock (earlier if you want to sit down as seats are at a premium) every first and third Tuesday in the month. The house band is an A-list affair and the many sitters-in invariably bring their A-game to the party.
This October 17 renewal attracted a dizzying list of participants. The house trio – James Harrison foregoing the Caff’s upright piano in favour of his own keyboard, Paul Grainger on double bass and drummer Russ Morgan – set off on the right track with Yardbird Suite. Harrison likes to keep things moving (ideal at a jam session) and Mambo Inn did just that featuring a Russ Morgan solo followed by Harrison’s accomplished intro to everyone’s favourite tune – Secret Love.

The Jazz Cafe presents: 6TEEN54 Featuring José Gonçalves Thursday October 26

This last-minute addition to the programme features a quintet including Thomas Dixon (saxophones) and Jamie Jingles (guitar) from our monthly resident band ‘Bearpark,’ Inês Gonçalves (piano) from the Sage Gateshead jazz degree course, Ben Fitzgerald (drums) and José Gonçalves (electric bass), a special star guest from Portugal, the father of the band’s pianist making a flying visit to the city.
José Gonçalves founded the RIFF school of jazz at Aveiro whose students won 1st place at the prestigious São Luiz Jazz festival. As a musician, he performs on both electric and double bass in a number of genres with artists including Oscar Graça, Alexandre Coelho, Fernando Rodrigues, José Martinho and many others.

The band will be performing an array of fresh original tunes by José Gonçalves, Thomas Dixon and Inês Gonçalves and some modern interpretations of standards.
Dave Clarke
Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW.  October 26, 8pm. £3.

CD Review: Andrew Linham Jazz Orchestra - Weapons of Mass Distraction

Call me old-fashioned, not just because I love the moonlight, but because I tend to go along with (most of the time) Duke's maxim that it don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing. 
From the opening bars of Screaming Ab Dabs I knew that, even without any do-wah-do-wah- do wahs, this had that swing.
21st-century swing that is - timeless swing. The rhythms may not be the chug chug chug of long ago but the essential pulse is there irrespective of the meter. As the man once said, "If you gotta ask..."
Sharking in the Chalet (don't ask!) has a TV cop show feel about it with some fine piano from Tom Millar, fluent soprano from Tommy Andrews and an ensemble licensed to kill.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Clark Tracey to play fundraising concert for the National Jazz Archive as a tribute to Stan Tracey

(We rarely publicise events out of the area but, when it involves the NJA - an organisation we hold dear - we sometimes make an exception as is the case here. Award-winning drummer Clark Tracey is bringing his quartet to play a fundraising concert for the National Jazz Archive on 24 November in Walthamstow, North East London, an event worth supporting for those of our readers within stomping distance of the venue so, without apology, the press release is below - Lance). 
Press release.
To celebrate what would have been Stan Tracey’s 90th year, Clark Tracey has written the definitive biography of his father (The Godfather of British Jazz), being published by Equinox Publishing. The concert will be part of the book’s launch and will feature Stan’s music and well-known jazz standards. Stan was an important British jazz pianist and composer whose distinguished career spanned six decades.
Clark Tracey is one of the UK's premier jazz men with an international career as an outstanding composer, arranger and drummer. He has won Best Drummer in various awards five times, including the British Jazz Awards in 2016 and 2017.

Preview: This Sunday at Hoochie Coochie.

The occasional jazzy Sunday afternoon slots at Hoochie are rapidly approaching legendary status. Jason Isaacs Big Band,  the Strictly Smokin' Big Band and Gerry Richardson's Big Idea are, themselves, already legends in their own right and the audiences are fully aware of this. Last Sunday, Hoochie was packed out for SSBB - a gig that had the added incentive of featured guest Joe Stilgoe. This coming Sunday, Gerry Richardson's Big Idea return with an even bigger incentive - it's FREE!

Three million and counting!











(Report by Russell/Cartoons by the late Bill Shaw.)
Bebop Spoken Here’s regular contributor Ken Drew (words and photography) has had his eye on the BSH hit counter. It has now clocked up a clicktastic (Ken’s term!) THREE MILLION hits!!! Ken suggested that this milestone should not go without comment. 
Lance Liddle, BSH Editor in Chief,  musician (retired) and lifelong jazz fan had the idea of putting a few thoughts online about the local (north east of England) jazz scene, perhaps wondering if anyone would read, let alone respond to, them.

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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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