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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.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club - April 17

(Review/Photos by Russell).
Easter Monday. Cullercoats. A pint of Consett Brewery’s Last Tap…not quite. ‘It’s off, finished’ said the barman pulling a lifeless hand-pull on the bar at Cullercoats Crescent Club. Make it a pint of the Darwin Original. If it’s Monday lunchtime it must be Cullercoats Crescent Club. For as long as Jazz in the Afternoon regulars can remember it’s been this way. In the dark recesses of BSH’s (fading!) memory bank, Jazz in the Afternoon first made a jazz sound at the Wooden Doll pub perched high above North Shields Fish Quay. A change of venue perhaps, the session retains that much sought after commodity…a full house.

Prosaic as JITA may be, nevertheless it does what it says on the tin - the one marked JAZZ. A pint, or a coffee, a cheese toastie, what more could any jazz fan want? The house band – Brian Chester (piano and trombone), Derek Fleck (clarinet and tenor saxophone), John Carstairs Hallam (double bass) and Ollie Rillands (drums and vocals) – played a few opening numbers before inviting a few friends to join them. Just a Closer Walk with Thee to start proceedings. Derek Fleck, comfortably seated/slumped in front of the band, suggested it was an appropriate number considering the time of year. During the afternoon Fleck made, for the most part, inaudible announcements, content to blow some laid back tenor and clarinet.
First up to join the boys was the redoubtable Mr Lawrence McBriarty – a man who likes a pint, and a man who knows just about every tune in the book. Later McBriarty would be joined by pianist Mr Brian Chester, making it two trombones – safe in numbers – when welcoming the participation of a Cajun band. Your reviewer had been tipped the wink. Cajun? Folkie-ish, squeezebox stuff, penny whistle, acoustic guitar, lots of jigging about. If you think BSH’s reviewer travelled to Cullercoats to be, er…’entertained’ by a bunch of…

Back to the jazz…John Broddle sang I’ll See You in My Dreams. Excellent, the highlight of the day! Another highlight, always a highlight, the Queen of Cullercoats, Teresa Armstrong sang a couple of tunes – After You’ve Gone and Almost Like Being in Love. Trumpeter Miles Watson got up to hide behind a pillar as the band played Baby Won’t You Please Come Home, Roy Gibson took a spell. The wizard of the keyboards looked bemused – or was it amused? – as he accompanied the Cajun boys. The man at the back, Mr John Carstairs Hallam, took it all in his double bass stride. It should be noted that Ollie Rillands’ Route 66 routine had ‘em up dancing. One assumes the establishment has a valid licence for such goings on. Mr Harry Stephenson was in the house, and, in due course, he got up to blow a mean clarinet.
Jazz in the Afternoon, every Monday afternoon, 1:00pm, free admission, do purchase a raffle ticket
Russell.
Jazz in the Afternoon: Brian Chester (keyboards & trombone), Derek Fleck (clarinet & tenor), John Carstairs Hallam (double bass) & Ollie ’Route 66’ Rillands (drums & vocals) + guests – John Broddle (vocals), Teresa Armstrong (vocals), Lawrence McBriarty (trombone), Miles Watson (trumpet), Roy Gibson (keyboards), Harry Stephenson (clarinet) & the Cajun boys              

2 comments :

Anonymous said...

I WAS THERE, I DID NOT SEE YOU!!RAYMOND NEWTON

Lance said...

Russell is our undercover reporter. Blends into the background - despite his check shirt - making notes, taking photos, giving us the lowdown on the goings-on at the coast.
He could tell us more but the lawyers took out an injunction otherwise...

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