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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.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Whitley Bay Classic Jazz Party - Day 3, Sunday October 28.


(Review by Lance.)
Well, with the help of the Metro and the number 309 - and, of course, that Good Old Wagon the number 27 for the final leg of the return trip I made it.
The Whitley Bay Jazz Party is  something special and well worth the problems non-drivers or reluctant drivers (myself) sometimes face.
If the worst came to the worst I'd walk!
It's simply a wonderful, friendly weekend.
The sets I caught today were; Trumbology -  a wonderful tribute to Frankie Trumbauer, Miss Lil and Lady Blanche - Cecile McLorin Salvant remembering Lil Armstrong and Blanche Calloway, and Save it Pretty Mama - Bent Persson taking a look at the 1928 recordings Louis Armstrong made with Earl Hines.
This latter concert had the multi-faceted Martin Litton in the role of Earl Hines. On Saturday he was Mary Lou Williams and on Thursday Teddy Wilson. He was also himself at several other concerts! Persson and Enrico Tomasso shared the role of Louis.
Cecile didn't disappoint, laying down the same high quality that mesmerised us at The Sage on Thursday, but surprising me at least, by the number of fine, yet little known, tunes associated with both her chosen artists. From pianist Lil Armstrong came It's Murder, Bluer Than Blue, Just For a Thrill - perhaps the best known tune and one which has a well deserved place in many singer's repertoire - and Harlem on a Saturday Night. For this part of her set, Tomasso (cornet) and Jean-Francoise Bonnel (ten/clt), made up the front line whilst "down in the engine room" we had Martin Seck (pno); Malcolm Sked (bs/sousa); Nick Ward (dms) and of course Roly Veitch on guitar.
Blanche Calloway, sister of Cab, provided Cecile with a little known Cole Porter tune, I'm Getting Myself Ready For You followed by Misery, You Ain't Living Right, Blue Memories and Growling Dad. This part of  the statuesque lady's set saw the band augmented by Persson, the amazing young trombone player Alistair Allan and saxists Rene Hagmann and Thomas Winteler. The sound was good and the solos superb. As for the vocals - perfection!
Yesterday Josh Duffee was a Cottonpicker, today he was Chauncey Moorhouse clip-clopping along behind some Bix and Tram classics. Ostrich Walk from 1927 opened it up. Andy Schumm could have been born in Davenport so authentic was his Bixian solo (transcribed I guess but so what? Who's going to better it?) The three saxes - Michael McQuaid, Matthias Seuffert and Stéphane Gillot - had a lovely 3 alto chorus. Norman Field doubled on C melody sax and alto with Franz Sjostrom on bass sax. Duke Heitger augmented or replaced Schumm on some numbers, Kristoffer Kompen blew trombone like Miff Mole and Emma Fisk, compared elsewhere to Joe Venuti, was a one woman string section. Keith Nicholls (pno), Martin Wheatley (bjo/gtr) along with Duffee on drums made up the rhythm section and the whole shebang chugged along like a souped-up Stanley Steamer.
Way Down Yonder in New Orleans, Cryin' All Day, Turn on the Heat (vocal by Spats Langham), I'm Comin' Virginia, Three Blind Mice, Borneo (more Spats), Singin' The Blues and the wonderful Wringing and Twisting made this a most enjoyable set.
These concerts that I've looked at represent but the tip of a weekend that ran each day from noon, sometimes earlier, through to early hours jam sessions in the Victory Pub.
Mike and Patti Durham and their helpers certainly put on an inspired and impressive programme which explains why so many folk have already booked up for 2013!
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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