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Bebop Spoken There

Artie Shaw: “I'm not interested in giving people what they want--I'm interested in making music.” – (DownBeat October 15, 1939).

Jason Marsalis: “There's so many places that this music can go and there's a lot yet to be discovered.'” – (DownBeat April 2018)

Today Sunday March 18


Musicians Unlimited - Park Inn, Park Road, Hartlepool TS26 9HU. Tel: 01429 233126. 12 noon. Free.

Jason Isaacs & the Ambassadors of Swing - Hoochie Coochie, Pilgrim Street, Newcastle NE1 6SF. Tel: 0191 222 0130. 5:30pm (doors 4:00pm). £16.00.

Revolutionaires - Tyne Bar, Maling St, Newcastle NE6 1LP. 3pm. Free.

Somethin’ Blue - Vesuvio, 3a Houndgate, Darlington DL1 5RL. 5:00pm. Tel: 01325 788564. Matt Case (saxophone) & Mike Hepple (guitar).


POSTPONED DUE TO WEATHER! Zoë Gilby Quartet - Black Bull, Bridge Street, Blaydon NE21 4JJ. 8:00pm. £5.00. Rescheduled August 19.

Alter Ego - The Globe, 11 Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £5.00.

Bradley Johnston - The Fire Station, High Street West, Sunderland SR1 3DT. Tel: 0191 594 7241. 6:00pm. Free. New weekly residency.

Gypsy Dave Smith - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

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

Monday, July 30, 2012

Ray Dales w. The Jeremy McMurray Trio @ The Cherry Tree Restaurant

Ray Dales (alt); Jeremy McMurray (pno); Peter "Tubby" Ayton (bs); Mark Robertson (dms).
(Review by Lance.)
The Cherry Tree was very well booked tonight and the diners were in for both a gastronomical treat and a musical one too. What more could one ask for - don't answer that!
Ray Dales was minus his trade-mark hat tonight, opting for a rather flamboyant shirt that complemented his scintillating alto playing which had a piquancy comparable with my starter - Continental Charcuterie, Caponata and Grilled Ciabatta - which I ate to the tune of It Could Happen To You. Both went down a treat.
My Foolish Heart - is there a better ballad? Well of course there is but when you hear it you don't think so. Ray played with the passion such a song deserves and Jeremy too poured out his cardiacal imprudences with a sensitive solo.
My favourite Bavette Steak Fries, Garden Salad and Mustard coincided with my favourite bossa nova - Agua de Beber. Claire Kelly sang it on Saturday at the Jazz Café and now these guys were doing it - and doing it good.
They stayed in Latino Land for a couple of numbers that I didn't recognise, before a swinging Stella By Starlight and that most romantic of tunes, When Sunny Gets Blue, brought us up to half time and Elderflower Jelly with Rosewater Ice Cream.
The band sounded good with Ray and Jeremy on top form, Peter, who doesn't look that tubby, Ayton had moments to cherish whilst Mark behaved like all good drummers should behave in these situations - discreetly and sympathetically.
I only caught a couple of items in the second set but The Nearness of You was Jeremy at his balladic best whilst Dizzy's Manteca kept the 52nd St. flame burning. As I left Ray was blowing that Art Pepper/Frank Sinatra favourite Everything Happens To Me. I wanted to stay but The Metro beckoned, luring me into a hole in the ground - bit like Alice in Wonderland and, I must confess, our rapid transit system frequently has a few Mad Hatters aboard. Fortunately tonight wasn't one of those occasions so I was able to relax and reflect on an evening of good food and good music.

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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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