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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.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Alan Glen Trio @ The Chillingham. August 29

Alan Glen (piano), John Pope (double bass) & Paul Wight (drums)
(Review by Russell).
The doyen of north east piano players had been away from the scene for too long. This rare public performance by Alan Glen was one of those ‘I was there’ occasions. Glen is a man of few words – ‘One, two, three…’ is about as much as he has to say. His jazz piano playing does the talking, then some! Regular bassist John Pope forged a new partnership with drummer Paul Wight and one wondered how things would work out. Just grand I’d say! The set list is always five star material and a treat of modern jazz piano playing was in store. Love For Sale, Stella by Starlight, Autumn Leaves familiar tunes all, yet the sprightly tempi produced something extra special confirming that Glen has lost nothing in terms of ideas and their rapid execution.
An exquisite ballad – What’s New? – provided some relief for the bass and drums pairing. I won’t say they were flagging but they were working hard to keep up with the senior man in the outfit – only joking lads! All Blues, Time After Time, great tunes just kept coming, one after another. Jazz fans in the north east of England are fortunate to have so many top class pianists on their doorstep, Alan Glen is right up there with the best of them.
Wednesday night at the Chillingham is, of course, Dave Weisser’s night. Take it to the Bridge has been running for so many years few can remember when it all started. No matter, Weisser has kept on gigging when many a session has fallen by the wayside. The band, currently enjoying the ‘seasonal’ services of ex-pat electric bassist Ray Truscott and the busy Paul Wight (drums), picked a few tunes from a bulging pad to play two sets either side of Alan Glen’s master class.
Girl Talk (with Ben Sidran’s re-written politically correct lyrics) and Green Bossa served as a hors d’oeuvres. Later, coffee and biscuits Monk style; Well You Needn’t (I’m pleased to say they did), put veteran keyboards player Barrie Ascroft in the spotlight and the Main Man, Dave Weisser (trumpet, flugelhorn and vocals) hit the heights on Falling in Love with Love and for an encore scaled those heights with an excellent vocal on The Lady is a Tramp.

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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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