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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, November 25, 2013

CD review: Tianna Hall and Chris Cortez: Noel

Tianna Hall (vocals); Chris Cortez (guitar, additional vocals); Anthony Sapp (bass); Paul English (piano); Tom Cummings (vibes, drums); Dennis Dotson (trumpet);  Woody Witt (tenor sax, clarinet); Warren Sneed (alto sax, flute); Thomas Hulten (Trombones); Joel Fulgham, Memo Rezo (drums, various tracks)
(Review by Ann Alex)
Christmas has come to BSH, in the form of sweet-voiced Tianna Hall and the band, doing well known Christmas songs in a jazz style which pleasantly avoids the sentimental trap of some Christmas music, thank goodness.  
Nine Noel favourites, well played, some carols with intriguing hints of the riffs you sang in church as a child, if church music can be said to have riffs.  The Angels (Angels From The Realms Of Glory); A Child Is Born/Christmas Time Is Here; Santa Claus Is Coming To Town; The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire); We Three Kings; God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen; Oh Come, Oh Come Emmanuel; Santa Baby; and What Are You Doing New year’s Eve?
This would be a lovely CD to play at your Christmas party, but also authentic solid jazz for listening.
For instance, A Child Is Born is sung with reverence, the piano flows, the tenor sax solos well; Santa Claus Is Coming To Town with just jazz guitar accompaniment and a duet with fun scat; We Three Kings bring gifts of an effective guitar solo and a 4-note riff, repetitions of ‘travelling far’ and ‘orient are’; God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen is an instrumental with a tricky guitar solo; and Santa Baby is done sexily, with a ‘calling’ voice and winsome guitar, so how could Santa resist?  Plenty solos throughout for horns and brass, so what’s not to like?  It’s hard to believe that this was all recorded in Houston in the heat of August, well in time for Christmas shopping!
Released November 26 on the Blue Bamboo Music label.
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.
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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