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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.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Jazz Summit 2012

The good thing about this meeting was the number of people who showed up. The bad thing was those who didn't show. Apart from Mike Durham, Keith Crombie, Brian Bennett and the guys from Saltburn, I didn't see any of the more mainstream orientated promoters. Their input would have been valuable.
As it was, it was a constructive evening which, inevitably for an opener, ended up as a work in progress.
Paul Bream spoke well describing the achievements of the now no more Jazz Action, of Jazz North East, Schmazz and the future prospects for Jazz in the region.
Nigel Slee of the newly formed  Jazz North waxed eloquent on the future and how the North East, The North West, and Yorkshire would become one. Not everyone was convinced of this and the criteria that would be applied to select - say ten bands - to be funded and promoted and how they would be pigeon-holed style-wise. .In the chair, Chris Hodgkins, assured those present that all bands would be adjudged on merit irrespective of genre. (We shall see!)
Steve Crocker, of Seven Jazz, Leeds, reported on their success story and so the story ended - on a cliffhanger!
Afterwards the various factions intermingled, making full use of the bar, totally oblivious to what Zoe Gilby and Andy Champion were laying down. Let's be honest, the Basie Band wouldn't have been heard above the conversation!
However, once the chit-chat had settled at an acceptable level, Zoe came across beautifully - Our Love is Here To Stay brought the audience down to pin-drop acoustics and it was much appreciated by those with ears.
As I said earlier - a work in progress. Not so Zoe, she's a work progressing so fast Diana Krall is looking over shoulders! In fact Diana said to me the other day in The Jazz Café - "I'm sure glad Zoe doesn't play piano!"
Mind you this was a different Diana.
Lance.

2 comments :

Hil said...

I was surprised there were not more local young musicians interested enough to attend. Did they all have gigs on a Monday evening? Surely they wish to keep jazz alive in this area?
Then again you only have to look at Splinter on a Sunday evening. Some musicians and vocalists only ever show up for their own gigs.

Lance said...

You're touching on one of my sore points. There are so many fine young musicians coming out of the music schools and colleges yet, as you say, they never show up for other peoples gigs (an exception last night was Michael Lamb of the Strictly Smokin' Big Band.)
One wonders if they think that because they've been to college they know it all and can't learn anything from listening to jazzers who actually earn a crust from playing in clubs and bars?
Which brings me to another related area. How do we attract, not just the younger element, but the younger element from a working class, state school, background?

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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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