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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.

Friday, September 28, 2012

Redemption Jazz @ Hoochie Coochie. Friday Sept. 27.

John Hall (ten); Jim Hall (keys); Keith Tulip (bs); Martin Wake (dms).
(Review by Lance.)
Redemption Jazz don't take prisoners - they go for the jugular from bar one. That they do it in a contemporary manner whilst still retaining the basic ingredients of jazz (and music) is very much to their credit. They swing, they get a groove going, at times the intensity is almost unbearable until they bring you down - sometimes you don't want to be brought down!
Think back to the Tommy Chase Quartet - remember them? you should because they relate to the all-time British band listings.
Not everyone will agree,  the Chase Quartet had it's detractors, just as I'm sure Redemption Jazz do - there can't be many if, indeed on tonight's performance, any!
Opening up with a piece by - did John Hall say the Harper Brothers? - the battering ram brigade took off with the unknighted John Hall displaying his prodigious tenor technique to great advantage. An original, Quando, not to be confused with the triplicated titled tune, kept the jazz funk latin mode moving and Uptight described this band perfectly - as tight a band as any I've heard lately.
Then came Free Lance - dedicated to yours truly it is certainly a tune I'll bear in mind for my funeral, glad I was wearing black and someone did ask me if the piece was depicting one of my dark moods?
There's a Question Mark, If (no not that If!) and Chick Corea's La Fiesta brought the set to a close. More fiery tenor and good piano from Jim Hall who didn't play guitar.
Manteca, Spain, El Loco, Cole-Trane and a blast on God Bless The Child that suggested that this particular child was about to be drowned in the bath were some of the numbers in the second set.
Tulip on bass and Wake on drums never flagged driving the quartet relentlessly along - rocking, swinging, grooving, taking it to the limit but never beyond. 
This band don't take no prisoners, this band.
Catch them again on Sunday at The Bridge Hotel.
Photos.
Lance.

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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.)
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