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Bebop Spoken There

Tim Berne: "My guys improvise. They're not going to do something just because it works, or it worked the night before." - (Downbeat December 2004.)

Barry McRae: “Arguments about the importance or even the necessity for improvisation in jazz are never likely to be resolved.” – (Jazz Journal December 1992)

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Today Tuesday January 24

Afternoon.
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Evening.
Charles Gordon (solo piano) - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Newcastle. 10pm - midnight. Free.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Going Dutch @ The Lit & Phil (evening session) - January 22

(Review by Steve H/photo courtesy of Ken Drew)
The evening comprised of 3 sets; each with one established act and one brand new grouping.  Kicking off the first set was a quartet featuring Ab Baars on Sax, Olie Brice on bass, Jasper Stadhouders on guitar and Martin Von Duynhoven on drums who produced an interesting improvised piece. Kaya Drakslar then performed an amazing contemporary, improvised offering on the grand piano which began with what appeared to be the sound of church bells ringing and ended with the amplified rustling of paper blowing in a gale. On inspection of the piano afterward, one could see how things had been set up with the inside of the piano covered in bells, magnets, pegs, paper etc. The performance was quite mesmerising and hypnotic and was warmly appreciated by all present.

Dutch Treat @ The Jazz Cafe January 21.

(Review by Steve H/photo courtesy of Ken Drew).
Not since AZ Alkmaar played a UEFA Cup tie at St James Park in 2007 had so many Dutch players assembled in Newcastle. The assembled 11 consisted of 9 musicians who practise their trade in the Netherlands accompanied by 2 guest players from the UK - bass player Ollie Brice and Newcastle’s very own Faye MacCalman. Saturday night’s team at the Jazz Cafe would have proved a match for anybody. Billed somewhat erroneously as a revival of the music of Sean Bergin and Chris McGregor,(exiles from apartheid South Africa who settled respectively in Amsterdam and London) this gig was a fantastic taster for Jazz North East’s ‘Going Dutch’ all dayer at the Lit and Phil the following day. 

Monday, January 23, 2017

Memorabilia


Vintage wartime programs from Colin Aitchison. Note the presence of Art Pepper on the Swing Shop Bill. He mentions the concert in his autobiography Straight Life.
Fascinating!
Lance.



Budtet @ The Globe Jazz Bar - January 21

Stuart Finden (tenor sax), Fiona Finden (vocal, soprano sax), Jude Murphy (vocal, alto sax), Lin Lee Wong (piano), Jim Crinson (bass), Eric Stutt (drums).+ Dave Weisser (cornet/vocal).
(Review by Steve T/photos courtesy of Stu Finden). 
If Friday night was about 'serious' Jazz, tonight's Jazz Coop gig was about having fun. That's not intended as a derogatory statement, alongside the standard quintet, imbibing and Chinese food, having fun is one of my favourite things.
The  Message and Stu’s Bloos led to Four on Sixa Wes Montgomery piece with lyrics by Fiona Finden, who sang and played un-straightened soprano sax.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

CD Review:Tommy Smith Youth Jazz Orchestra - Efferevescence

Youth Jazz Orchestra no longer conjures up images of well-intentioned youngsters vainly attempting to emulate their peers. Quite the contrary. Like NYJO and many of the bands who will compete in this year's Sunderland Big Band Festival (March 3-5 at Chester le Street) the YJOs are of a standard where they can hold their own with just about any of the more seasoned performers. This is due, of course, to the ability of some of those seasoned performers to pass on their wisdom to the emerging talents. In the case of the TSYJO there can be few better equipped to bring out the best in a band than Tommy Smith. Equally at home with the internationally acclaimed Scottish National Jazz Orchestra, or a small band, or a symphony orchestra, Smith can do the business. On this third album by the TSYJO tribute is paid to some vintage numbers and some fresh interpretations of more contemporary jazz classics.

Graeme Wilson Quintet @ Opus 4, Travellers Rest, Darlington January 20.

Noel Dennis (trumpet, flugelhorn), Graeme Wilson (tenor sax), Paul Edis (piano), Mick Shoulder (bass), Adam Sinclair (drums).
(Review by Steve T)
That great Modern Jazz warhorse, from bebop pioneers Bird and Diz and Bird and Miles, through Miles and Trane and Miles and Wayne and a timely return to Darlo with Noel and Graeme. To these ears, nothing in Jazz can quite match the standard quintet.
An enthusiastic crowd of around thirty knew these musicians well but were almost entirely the senior male end, which is a shame cos a relative youngster and a relatively young couple turned up and clearly got it. Another chap told me his missus was supposed to come but then couldn't, which is a shame cos you know she'd have got it too. Hasn't anybody told the young people of Darlo that Jazz is cool again, like it ever wasn't?

Saturday, January 21, 2017

RIP Terry Cryer

The death of photographer Terry Cryer on January 15 serves as a sharp reminder of the importance of photographs, not only in jazz but in anything. We have our albums and suitcases full of them but, will the digital images captured on mobile phones be retained for posterity? I remember the delight I felt when I discovered some black and white negs, up in the loft, from various jazz concerts in the 1980s that I thought had been lost forever. That they hadn't stood the test of time as I'd have liked them to is neither here nor there. At least I still had them.

Triggerlawross @ The Jazz Café. Jan 20 - and a wedding...

Alan Law (piano), Katy Trigger (bass) & Matti Ross (drums)
A third successive Friday evening gig at Newcastle’s Jazz Café to attract an attentive full house.  The trio’s name suggests a lumbering beast, perhaps grazing on swampland vegetation, a king beast ruling the primordial roost. Triggerlawross is/are pianist Alan Law, eschewing the upright, favouring his keyboard, face-on to in-the-pocket bassist Katy Trigger and tight-ass drummer Matti Ross.
Several musicians were in the house checking out this developing project. Original material – the names of which seemingly of little importance to the trio – focused upon the groove. A constantly changing soundscape, eye contact determining a change in tempi, Trigger laying down killer riffs, Ross inventing patterns, discarding one for another, then another, Law finding choice chords and taking off on improvisatory flights…this Triggerlawross could fly!

Friday, January 20, 2017

Washington and Donald Swing

Here's the update on the music for Donald and Melania's first dance at the inauguration ball.
The opening number is said to going to be My Way. When the Sinatra family was asked if that would be okay, Nancy Sinatra replied (I'm told) 'Sure, just remember the first line' - And now, the end is near...
Abe Lincoln.

CD Review: Miguel Zenon - Tipico

Miguel Zenon (alto); Luis Perdomo (piano); Hand Glawischnig (bass); Henry Cole (drums).
(Review by Lance).
One hell of an alto player! This was my first thought as Zenon soared through the changes of the opener - Academia. A tune, seemingly, inspired by his tutorial role at the New England Conservatory. After hearing this, his students will either change direction and become librarians on Rhode Island or, with much diligence, eventually, become headliners at Birdland.

CD Review: Audrey Silver - Very Early

Audrey Silver (vocals); Bruce Barth (piano); Paul Beaudry (bass); Lewis Nash (drums); Alex Pope Norris (trumpet); Gary Versace (accordion); Ron Affif (guitar); Tom Beckham (vibes)
(Review by Ann Alex)
One of the best things about this enjoyable CD is the interesting choice of songs. I haven’t previously come across any of them on a jazz CD: there are 2 by Audrey Silver herself, songs by Sting, Declan O’Rourke, a song in French, 2 songs with lyrics by poets, and also 2 songs from musicals which aren’t usually done by jazz singers (Surrey With The Fringe On Top and Getting To Know You). And the style is unmistakably jazzlike, vocals with clear diction in a pleasing alto voice and lots of space for instrumental soloing. Not so much once through the chorus, then solos, but rather a piano and vocal lead, followed by the other instruments contributing at various parts of the songs. The accordion, guitar, trumpet and vibes are not on every track, but are used wisely where appropriate. 

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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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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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