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Bebop Spoken There

Don Rendell: "It was about the time that the organ-type piano attachment - the clavioline - was invented. And the poster billing at one place where we played up north announced proudly, but erroneously: "The Johnny Dankworth Seven, featuring Frank Holder and the cleolaine" " - (www.jazzprofessional.com, December 2001).

Mary Lou Williams: “...it was discovered I possessed perfect pitch. Rumour of this oddity spread throughout the school, and pupils would drop pots and pans and other loud objects, asking 'What note, Mary?' (Melody Maker, 1954).

Today Friday May 25

Afternoon

Rendezvous Jazz - Monkseaton Arms, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. Tel: 0191 251 3928. 1:00pm. Free.

Swing Manouche - Bishop Auckland Town Hall, Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL14 7NP. Tel: 03000 269 524. 1:00pm. £5.00.

Evening

Jerron ‘Blind Boy’ Paxton - Sage Gateshead. 7:45pm. £15.30. NRFH. Solo blues, multi-instrumentalist, influences include Fats Waller & Blind Lemon Jefferson.

Shatner’s Bassoon - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8:00pm. £8 (£6 in advance).

Hand to Mouth (Lindsay Hannon & Bradley Johnston) - Vicolo: Live in the Lane, Tyneside Cinema, Pilgrim Street, Newcastle NE1 6QG. 8:00pm. Free.

Baghdaddies - Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay NE26 1BG. 6:00pm. Online booking: £10.00. + £1.37 booking fee. The Whitley Bay Carnival ‘Big Ball’ featuring debut of the Baghdaddies’ big band line-up.

Nick Pride & the Pimptones - Cumberland Arms, James Place Street, Byker, Newcastle NE6 1LD. Tel: 0191 265 6151. 6:00pm. Free.

Swamp Hoppers - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

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.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Krzysztof Urbanski @ The Bridge

Krzysztof Urbanski (alt/pno); John Pope (bs); Dave McKeague (dms).
(Review by Lance.)
Back in the 1960s a Polish modern jazz quartet led by Zbigniew Namyslowski played a memorable session at the old New Orleans Club on Forth Banks. That was a night that subsequently became legendary and the class of the Polish jazzmen can be heard on the very rare LP recorded around that time - Lola.
Despite this and since then, Polish jazz musicians haven't been at the top of my listening lists.
Tonight all that changed! Tonight may well also become the stuff of legend!
Krzysztof Urbanski, a Polish tenor/alto man, blew some wonderful music that thrilled the pathetically under-subscribed room. What's wrong with you guys/gals who call yourself fans? This was sax playing at its best and you missed it! 
Why weren't you all there?
However, 'Tis Autumn in Newcastle and I'm sure the excuses will be made...
So what you lot missed was the  big, pure sound and the awesome technique that led into On Green Dolphin St. The blues tribute to Billie Holiday that sounded a little like Goodbye. Tenor playing of the first order.
All The Things You Are and the most wonderful version of Sophisticated Lady this side of Ellington were just some of the numbers that helped to make this the night that it was. Urbanski also blew some sizzling alto that fanned the flames and kept the fire burning.
Behind him, John Pope was his usual tower of strength shouldering the burden of providing the harmonic foundation admirably and full marks to Splinter for providing him with the facility to host tonight's session. On drums, McKeague,  a little tentative at first, did what was necessary and the overall feel amongst the few listeners present was one of sheer enjoyment.
This young Polish saxman, who is currently based in Thirsk, is surely going places!
Tremendous !
Lance.

1 comment :

Lance said...

I left the Bridge on a high last night but was soon on a low when I tripped and fell over a raised paving stone! A visit to A and E this morning revealed nothing broken - still bloody painful though.

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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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Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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