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Bebop Spoken There

Alicia Hall Moran: “I would go to hear Jason's band play and I'd say "Y'all hot!" But they came out wearing these casual, saggy outfits, putting music out with these not-attractive outfits like they were going on interviews for jobs they didn't want.” – (DownBeat May 2018).

Shabaka Hutchings: “You have to get the funding to come here [New York], and then there's getting the proper visa to play, which costs more than we get paid.” – (DownBeat May 2018).

Today Thursday April 19

Afternoon

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Road, Holystone NE27 0DA. Tel: 266 6173. 1:00pm. Free.

Student Performances - King’s Hall, Armstrong Building, Queen Victoria Road, Newcastle University NE1 7RU. 4:00pm. Free admission. Performers include Ada Francis (voice); Simon Hirst (trombone) & Harry Still (drums).

Tees Valley Jazzmen - White Horse Hotel, Burtree Lane, Harrowgate Hill, Darlington DL1 3AD. Tel: 01325 463262. 1:30pm. Free.

Evening

Paul Edis Trio - St James’ & St Basil’s Church, Fenham, Newcastle NE4 9EJ. 7:30pm. £6.00.

Indigo Jazz Voices - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £5.00. Vocalists with Alan Law Trio.

Ada Francis & the Italic Quartet - Las Iguanas, Grey Street, Newcastle NE1 6AF. Tel: 0191 232 9729. 7:30pm. Fortnightly restaurant residency.

Maine St. Jazzmen - Sunniside Social Club, Holywell Lane, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5NJ. 8:30pm. Free.

The Strictly Smokin' Sessions - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8:15pm. £8 (£6 conc.). JNE. Small groups from SSBB.

New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees TS18 4AW. 8:30pm.

Tees Hot Club Guest Band Night w. Paul Donnelly Trio - Dorman’s Club, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Tel: 01642 823813. 9pm. Free. Donnelly (gtr); Stu Collingwood (keys); Paul Smith (dms).

Jazz Night - Musiclounge, 21 Yarm Lane, Stockton TS18 4DR. Doors 7:00pm.

Ubunye - Whorlton Village Hall, Barnard Castle DL12 8XD. 7:30pm. Tel: 01833 627253. £10.00. (£5.00. child, £25.00. family).

To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Riviera Quartet @ The Globe Jazz Bar - March 9

Pete Tanton (trumpet, flugelhorn); Mark Williams (guitar); John Pope (bass); Russ Morgan (drums)
(Review by Ann Alex/Photos Lance)
They were billed as a band doing bebop, blues and bossa, but I didn’t realise how stunningly well they performed those genres and that most of the tunes were originals. I should have guessed as I’ve seen these musicians in other bands, so the combination was superb. The flugelhorn gave a strong start to Tanton’s Barbados and the guitar quickly showed what he could do. There, There, There (Williams) followed, a rhythm changes based tune, in a tricky bebop style, with muted trumpet. And of course the drums and bass were no slouches either, right ‘on the money’ (I’m writing like Russell now), lively multi-handed drums and well-grounded bass, and 4 bar exchanges already, this early in the set. The bass alone began You Don’t Smile Anymore, the others eased in gently, the flugel playing the title phrase which could have been set to words, and the tune ended with a bass fade out. Flugel and guitar echoed each other during part of the next number, and the first set culminated in a bebop blast with short lines and intriguing gaps between them, as well as skilled guitar and drum solos.
The second set opened with To Heaven Overnight, which Pete dedicated to Lance as it was his birthday. Mention of heaven must surely have resonated with Lance, as he informed me that if Mark looked like Jesus, then Russ must surely be the devil incarnate by the way he was drumming, John was the Pope, of course, and Saint Peter was on flugel. Birthdays have a strange effect on people!
A landscape was the picture that sprung to mind from Mark Williams’ guitar introduction to whatever the next piece was called - ie with a wide spreading tone which reminded me of the countryside, a beautiful slow tune.
A Latin number followed, then a tune with flugel and guitar in call and response mode. The next item ended with bass and cymbals only, cut across by a few subtle guitar chords, very unusual. The Cat’s Reply, a newly arranged item, that involved lots of hand drumming, great stuff, and The Question Mark Blues, rounded off a great evening of music.  
If there is music like this on ‘The Riviera’. I’m booking my flight tomorrow! But, then again, no need to – they’re at the Caff on March 18!
Photos.
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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