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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 3: Zoe Gilby Quartet - June 25

Zoe Gilby (vocals); Mark Williams (guitar); Andy Champion (bass); Richard Brown (drums)
(Review by Ann Alex - photo by Jerry Edis.)
This part of the gig impressed mightily from the start.  Love For Sale intoned Zoe, with feeling, bringing out the whole meaning, about a woman with a ruined life, not an easy song to put across.  And Zoe looked stunning in a short blue dress patterned with red roses and white colours (bought in China, many a woman in the audience must have wondered?)  
The musicians were right ‘on the money’, as my bebop colleagues say, but we expect no less from these three. The band’s next album is out soon, but tonight we were to hear mainly songs from the 2 previous CD’s, such as Song For You, a love song without the drums, a band not afraid to take a risk.  Then came a delightful version of Nice Work If You Can Get It, with just voice and bass, lots of tricky verbalising and scat and a long coda of repeated ‘how do you do it’.
Next came an original, showing that Zoe and Andy are no mean songwriters. On The Edge, about a woman stalker, with Richard providing an ominous steady drumbeat; and Monk’s Straight No Chaser, from the singing of Carmen Mcrae, Zoe’s favourite singer, with a scat chorus where our singer just about turns herself into a saxophone.  There followed two more original songs, a song of lost love Your Words (quote ‘why does this fire feel so cold’) and a delightful jazz waltz Eleanor, a love song for Andy’s young daughter.  And to close the concert romantically, a track from the new album(Twelve Stories), a song called Marrakesh, ‘the red city’ where Andy and Zoe spent their honeymoon, wandering the chaotic streets and markets, so the song gives a graphic list of the sights and sounds and even the food.  The band was superb for this number, with Andy opening with an Arabic-type tune, and then the whole band going eastern, and yet a quiet fading-out ending.  All held together with friendly chat from Zoe, a fitting finale to an excellent evening.    
Ann Alex.

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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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