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Pete Christlieb: "He [Gene Ammons] drank. I mean I can drink with the best of them, but I could never hang with this cat." – (Down Beat February 1998).

Charles Brown "They tell me that everything you get after 70 is grace" - (Down Beat February 1998).

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Today Wednesday August 24

Afternoon.
Vieux Carre Jazzmen - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
Evening.
Take it to the Bridge (jazz workshop/jam) - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8pm. £1.
Dave Rae’s Levee Ramblers - Springwell Village Hall, Fell Rd., Gateshead NE9 7RP. 0191 4162630. 9pm. £2.
Alice Grace Quartet - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Newcastle NE2 2AE. 7:15pm. No cover charge.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

All Aboard the Tall Ships!

Up to thirty tall ships will visit Blyth over the August bank holiday weekend (Friday 26 – Monday 29). The Port of Blyth is to host the North Sea Tall Ships Regatta. Hundreds of thousands of visitors are expected to converge on the south Northumberland port to view up close – and in some cases board – some of the biggest vessels in their class. Food and drink, stalls, nightly firework displays and live music are all part of the celebrations.
Jazz will play its part during the weekend ranging from the Dixieland jazz of the Vieux Carré Jazzmen to the Charlie Christian inspired ‘swing jazz guitar’ of local Blyth Valley guitarist Anth Purdy to the biggest of big bands, the Tyne Valley Big Band. See the right-hand column gig list for day-by-day details. It’s all free! 
Russell 
(I Cover the Waterfront).     

'Louis'- An Appreciation by JC.

Cormac Larkin put it very nicely in his tribute to Louis Stewart in The Irish Times when he said: "He had the distinction - accorded only to the very greatest jazz musicians - of being referred to by his first name only: to his fellow musicians, and to his many devoted fans, he was known simply as 'Louis'."
I first heard Louis Stewart play in 1970 in a rundown parish hall in Foxrock, a suburb of South Dublin. I was a young teenager involved in the local folk club where the usual musical fare up to that time was folk singers and ballad groups and 'local artists'. However, a couple of the club organisers were great jazz fans and had invited him to come and play one Sunday evening. It was a revelation. I was used to gentle acoustic instruments and had never heard an electric guitar live before and, at such close quarters, the effect was staggeringly powerful.

Remembering Louis Stewart (January 5, 1944 - August 20, 2016)

I was fortunate to meet Louis in the late 1970s as I had admired his jazz guitar artistry for many years.  Up to that time, with the exception of Pete Chilver and Dave Goldberg, the UK had not produced a jazz guitarist to match the leading USA jazz guitarists.  Louis, however, proved to be more than a match for the transatlantic masters.  He was a natural jazz musician and greatly admired by audiences all over the world. 

RIP Derek Smith (August 17, 1931 - August 2016)


London-born, long-time American resident, pianist  Derek Smith passed away circa August 21.
Prior to moving to New York Smith was a member of the Johnny Dankworth Orchestra as well as being an integral part of trumpet player Kenny Baker's legendary Dozen with whom he broadcast and recorded with on many occasions.
In America, he quickly became established working with top musicians in a variety of genres.
Read what the New York Times Classified Obituary had to say:
SMITH--Derek,Renowned jazz pianist, husband, father and grandfather. Originally from England, he began his career at the age of 14 on VE Day. In 1957 he immigrated to the United States, building a career that spanned seven decades. His immense talent earned the respect and admiration of everyone who knew him. Playing with every big name in show business, and performing with every major player on the jazz scene, he will be remembered as one of the jazz greats.
Derek Smith was 85. Sadly missed.
Lance.
Shiny Stockings.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

CD Review: Music Soup - Cut To The Chase

Evgenia Karlafti (org/pno/vcls); Nestor Dimopoulos (gtr/vcl); Vagelis Kotzabasis (dms); Dimitris Papadopoulos (tpt); Dimitri Vassilakis (ten); Antonis Andreou (tmb) + Anastasis Gouliaris (dms - 1 track).
(Review by Lance).
In the UK we tend to think that Grecian jazz began and ended with the redoubtable Vasilis Xenopoulis. However, back in Athens, this CD indicates that there is jazz of Olympian standard going on in Vasi's home country.

Tees Hot Club becomes Thames Hot Club for one night only!


Those intrepid torch bearers of the Django legacy, the Tees Hot Club, take their Maccas down to the mecca of Djangolism in this country on Sunday, August 28.
The venue? - Le Quecumber, situated in deepest Battersea. (Details).
THC comprises Ian Bosworth, Keith Wilson, Ron Hampton (gtrs); Paul Dickerson (bs); Tim Lamb (perc). Gus Smith will be doing les chanson and Ray Dales will blow alto and wear a hat, no doubt sounding as cool as a ...
If you're in town on Sunday, this should be as good a place as any to round off your visit to the local dogs home.
Lance.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Not a Good Week For Guitarists who played with George Shearing - RIP Toots Thielemans

Hot on the heels of the death of Louis Stewart two days ago comes the news that guitarist/harmonica virtuoso Toots Thielemans passed away earlier today.
Both men were members of the various  George Shearing Quintets at one time or another. Belgian-born Thielemans, after 5 years with Shearing, became better known as a jazz harmonica player and was featured on many albums both jazz and otherwise. I read he played the theme music on Sesame Street and a lot of blockbuster movies.  
I remember him most for that lovely, perhaps the best ever, jazz waltz - Bluesette. I'd like to think that every band in the world, on their next gig, plays Bluesette in memory of this great musician who died today aged 94.*
Sadly missed.
Obituary.
Bluesette.
2005 interview.
Lance.
* Let me know if you played Bluesette on your next gig.

Paul Edis Trio (and a surprise visitor!) @ Blaydon Jazz Club. August 21

Paul Edis (piano), Andy Champion (double bass) & Russ Morgan (drums) + Roly Veitch (guitar)
(Review by Russell/photos courtesy of Roly Veitch.)
The Paul Edis Trio at Blaydon Jazz Club. A grand occasion. Club promoter Roly Veitch accepting an invitation to join the trio on a couple of numbers. A grand occasion. Jazz at the Black Bull. A grand occasion. Such was the exceptional quality of the music anyone could be forgiven for thinking they were at the legendary Newport Jazz Festival (clue).

Ilkley Jazz Festival. August 19-21

(Review by Steve Tulip.)
Please accept my apologies for anybody missed or names misspelt or mistook. Any errors are entirely mine.
Organiser Mark Beirne Smith told me there were two hundred people listening to live Jazz in Ilkley on Friday night. This was when the festival began for us and had a distinctly French storytelling theme.
We spent the early part of the evening in French restaurant Monkmans listening to one Emma Fisk introducing a selection of Joe Venuti/ Eddie Lang music accompanied, as ever, by the mythical gypsy guitar of James Birkett.
Sparks never fail to fly when you put these two giants of north east music together and tonight was no exception. I’m reliably told, by Dr Birkett, that the set was essentially the same one Lance reviewed at the Newcastle Jazz Café a few weeks back, with Someone to Watch Over Me the highpoint for me, Emma wringing every last ounce of emotion from her violin.
The audience were attentive and appreciative but comfortably chattering during the music, which suited the setting perfectly. 

James Peacock @ The Vermont Hotel. August 21

James Peacock (piano)
(Review by Russell)
Walking by the Vermont Hotel, it seemed like a good idea to call in to catch some of James Peacock’s solo piano set. The establishment’s Sunday afternoon piano slot has become a fixture, and a welcome one at that. Some of the best pianists around play on Sundays at the hotel, so, if you’re stuck for somewhere to go on a weekend you could visit the Vermont for teas and cakes, a glass of wine or perhaps a pint of the exclusive house beer brewed by Wylam Brewery.

More Quotes

Simon Spillett dug up a few more quotes for us:
"Listening to Benny [Goodman] talking about the clarinet was like listening to a surgeon get hung up on a scalpel."
Artie Shaw, quoted in the sleeve notes to Benny Goodman: The Complete Capitol Trios
"What I do is very superficial and very obvious. What I do takes about five minutes to figure out. How much more useful would it be to spend time analysing a Charlie Parker solo?"
David Sanborn, Jazz FM magazine 1991

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Claire Kelly with Pete Gilligan @ The Globe: August 20

Claire Kelly (vocals); Pete Gilligan (piano).
(Review by Ann Alex/photo courtesy of Dave Parker).
And the BSH gold medal doesn’t go to Claire Kelly.  Lance will burst into tears when he reads that Claire rounded off her excellent performance with (yes!) Summertime. The audience of 6 or so soon became many, as Claire’s friends and admirers flocked in, so that by the end of the gig it was rather lively with a couple dancing at the front and shouts of encouragement from the audience. Pete had assisted with choosing the set list, so Claire was singing some numbers she’d not sung for a few years but you wouldn’t have guessed. Ms Kelly is soon to return to her current home in Thailand, a shame for us but Thailand’s gain, as she’s up there with the best of our ‘local’ women singers.

Painting a Picture at Ushaw

(Preview by Russell/images by Dave Barden)
Dave Barden will be working at this week’s Ushaw Durham Jazz Festival. The Hexham-based artist will be on site getting an up-close view of the musicians, making preparatory sketches and taking photographs with the final results to emerge from his studio base at a later date. The former Head of Fine Art at the then Newcastle Polytechnic has had a life-long interest in music. Jazz, blues and other popular genres continue to attract the artist’s attention and it will be fascinating to observe Barden working up close to his subject.

Strictly Soakin’ Big Band @ The Tyne Bar. August 20

(Review by Russell).
Summertime down by the Ouseburn. You can bet your bottom dollar the weather will be ‘interesting’. Michael Lamb’s roaring big band played its annual outdoor gig at the Tyne Bar and, as sure as Glenn Miller is missing, the good old British weather turned-up right on cue. Clothes pegs at the ready, the Maling Street wind tunnel would surely do its best.
Make that ‘worst’. Rain, of the torrential variety, arrived ahead of the band. A raincoat, a beanie, a baseball cap…and that was the band! The audience? It would take more than an unseasonal downpour of Noah’s Flood proportions to keep them away. Wind, rain, beer, and a fantastic big band, your typical Saturday afternoon down by the river.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

RIP Louis Stewart

Just heard the sad news that Irish guitarist Louis Stewart died earlier today aged 72.
Probably Ireland's greatest ever jazz guitarist Louis Stewart was world class and I have fond memories of hearing him at Newcastle's Corner House in 1981.
More later.
Lance.
Obituary.

Christmas comes but twice a year - It could only happen in America!

My dear friend Lydia Diel, out there in New Jersey, sent me this brief report on a gig by the Ocean Grove Summer Band that she'd went to last Thursday at  the Ocean Grove Pavilion on the Jersey Shore. 
Sounds like it was a hoot!
Let Lydia tell it:

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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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