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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.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

North East Jazz Celebration Part 2 – The Original Unit. June 25

Stefan Walcott (piano), Neil Newton (double bass & electric bass) & David Carnegie (drums)
(Review by Russell - photo by Jerry Edis).
The evening’s celebrations continued with the eagerly awaited return of drummer David Carnegie. Having lived in the north east for a number of years studying and working, Carnegie went home to Barbados a couple of years ago. It was quite something to see him on stage at Sage Gateshead in the company of band mates Stefan Walcott (piano) and bassist Neil Newton.
The likeable Barbadian received the warmest of welcomes and the trio’s debut CD Present Day suggested their set could be a 5* performance (using Downbeat’s star-rating system that is a rave review). The eponymous Present Day (comp. Carnegie) and Stefan Walcott’s Sunshine Roxy immediately confirmed the pedigree of all three musicians.
Neil Newton played five string electric bass and double bass (the latter on loan from Andy Champion). Possessing effortless technique, Newton played the coolest of grooves of which many an aspiring bass player could but dream. Pianist Walcott, leader of the 1688 Orchestra (a big band and steel pan group in Barbados), proved to be a revelation. Dazzling, joyous piano playing flowed from his finger tips. He reminded one of…what’s his name? Then, that was…? This was Stefan Walcott, a swinging piano player embracing the life-affirming qualities of Dr Billy Taylor and the real-deal blues mastery reminiscent of Junior Mance or Ray Bryant.
Carnegie’s neo-soul jam - Post Modern Revisionist Soul (Reimagined) - put the drummer in the spotlight. Drummers of the north east - you should have been there; in the pocket drumming, flick-of-the-switch turbo charge, simply brilliant. Monk’s standard Well You Needn’t crackled, the trio as one. Hum the tune. Go home happy. Ah, there was more. Neil Newton’s Untied free-wheeled around Hall Two. Award these boys five stars. They had the lot - Caribbean calypso, Tito Puente dance grooves, sanctifying Steinway blues, reggae rhythm, bop to free. A memorable occasion.  
Russell.                    

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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.
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