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Frank Zappa: "There was so much acid during the '60s that it was very easy for large numbers of people to think they had seen God as soon as the Beatles went boom, boom, boom, you know?." - (DownBeat May 18, 1978). – (DownBeat May 18, 1978).

Ryan Keberle: “Don't be easy on yourself when it comes to playing with perfect intonation. All other instruments will be playing with close-to-perfect intonation; the same should be expected of trombonists.'” – (DownBeat April 2018)

Today Friday March 23


Rendezvous Jazz - Monkseaton Arms, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. Tel: 0191 251 3928. 1:00pm. Free.

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free.


Jiannis Pavlidis Trio - Jazz Café, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 9:00pm. £8.00. (£6.00. advance).

Hookahs - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

Five Men No Dog - Prohibition Bar, Arch 3, Brandling Street, Gateshead NE8 2BA. 8:00pm (doors 7:00pm). A ‘jar on the bar’ admission event.

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.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

And now - Mingus: The Movie! BBC 4 Prom 2017

(Review by Lance).
We'd heard it live on Radio 3 the previous night and knew what was coming - or did we? The audio experience was fantastic - the audio/video presentation simply out of this world. I doubt if the Royal Albert Hall has ever experienced a Prom quite like this one. At the back of the stage, the bust of Sir Henry Wood who founded the Proms back in 1895 looked slightly bemused although, it may be my imagination, but I swear that, come the finale, he had a twinkle in his eye.
How could he not? We all did. This was jazz, nay, music of the very highest order played by a precision orchestra under the baton of Jules Buckley. The soloists were less precise. They played with a wild, reckless abandon that belied their august surrounds.

Shabaka Hutchings took the bass clarinet into waters where few have dared to swim and emerged triumphantChristian Scott blew his Dizzy style horn, with the upturned bell, like the grandmaster that he is. The tone, big and round and fat. The ideas, fast and furious. Bart van Lier played trombone with verve and enthusiasm - an octave higher than most trombonists. He also blew bass trumpet and wasn't averse to some dancing steps as he played.
However, when it came to dancing, van Lier was a statue of stone compared to the pink-haired, pink -suited, baritone player Leo Pellegrino who strutted his stuff in a way that suggested he had some Dervish blood in his veins.
Although it was, absurd, camp, show-off stuff it didn't detract from his mastery of his instrument. He swung his ass off and brought the house down - wowee!
Kandace Springs added some glamour and a voice that, occasionally, reflected that of Cleo Laine at her peak.
The Metropole Orkest led by Buckley provided the perfect cushion for the soloists as well as having some big hitters of their own.
My pulse is still racing 12 hours later!
Jules Buckley (MD); Christian Scott (trumpet); Bart van Lier (trombone/bass trumpet); Shabaka Hutchings (bass clarinet); Leo Pellegrini (baritone); Kandace Springs (vocal) + Paul van der Feeo, Marc Scholten (sax/clarinet); Rik Mol (trumpet); Peter Tiehuis (guitar); Aram Kersbergen (bass); Hans Vrooman (piano); Martijn Vink (drums).

Boogie Stop Shuffle.
Celia ?
I X Love
Goodbye Pork Pie Hat.
11 BSWeird Nightmare.
Gunslinging Bird.
Fables of Faubus.
Sound of Love.
Hora de Cubitos.
God Must be a Boogie Man.
Dry Cleaner From Des Moines.
Better Git it in Your Soul.

1 comment :

Jude Murphy (on F/b) said...

Wasn't it amazing? Two fabulous alto soloists in that orchestra too

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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.
The idea of this blog is for you to share your thoughts and pass on your comments on discs, gigs, jazz - music in general. If you've been to a gig/concert or heard a CD that knocked you sideways please share your views with us. Tell us about your favourites, your memories, your dislikes.
Lance (Who wishes it to be known that he is not responsible for postings other than his own and that he's not always responsible for them.)
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