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Bebop Spoken There

Danny Halperin: "Johnny Griffin is possibly the worst tenor saxophonist who has come to widespread public attention in the past decade." – (Jazz News, March 21, 1962).

Polly Gibbons: “If Billie [Holiday] had come up in the ’60s, she probably would have been a soul singer” – (Down Beat August 2017).

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Today Wednesday August 16

Afternoon
Vieux Carre Jazzmen - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
Maine Street Jazzmen - Tynemouth Metro Station, Station Tce., Tynemouth NE30 4RE. 1pm. Free.
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Evening.
New Orleans Jazz at the Village Hall - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Rd., Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:15pm. £3.
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Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. £1. 8pm.
Billy's Acoustic Blues - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free (weekly).
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Tees Hot Club - Cleveland Bay, 718 Yarm Rd., Eaglescliffe TS16 0JE. 9pm. Free.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Last of the summer jam @ The Jazz Café - August 1










(Review by Russell/Photos courtesy Mike Tilley [above]  & Russell [below])
They came out of the woodwork for this one. The last jam session of the summer encouraged all and sundry to turn out – musicians and audience. The Jazz Café’s popular twice monthly session was so busy that more than one aspiring participant didn’t get the nod. The house trio opened the evening’s entertainment at eight o’clock, played a couple of tunes, played a couple more and in a trice it was ten minutes to nine. Hopeful sitters-in were massing at the bar waiting to be called.
First up, veteran modernist Ian Forbes. Mr Forbes doesn’t hang around, if it looks like he’ll have to bide his time, he’s off into the night. Forbes shared Stolen Moments with Jazz Co-op guitarist Keith Barrett before giving way to Trinity-bound Abbie Finn, joined by folk fiddler Andy Lawrenson to play a few numbers including a swinging There Will Never Be Another You. Early Birder Ben Lawrence played some piano and former Early Bird guitarist, currently studying at Birmingham Conservatoire, Francis Tulip, upped the ante with some fiery bop-ish lines, as did the emerging piano talent that is Joel Brown. Matt MacKellar was in the house and duly took his turn, as did Debra Milne singing a couple including Señor Blues with Bradley Johnston having returned to the stand. ‘Showtime’ did what he always does – inject ‘oomph’ into the proceedings. Good on yer David Gray! The bar did good business, plenty of bodies in, and yet another drummer – looking not unlike a young Ginger Baker! – made his way through the throng to grab a piece of the action. Ben Fitzgerald the name, he’ll be back.

It was just about time, but not before a new face made his debut – Josh Eckert, guitar, fitted in well. Let’s hope he returns when the jam session resumes in September. Literally last but not least, from France, vocalist Sarah Linscott made a welcome contribution alongside a soprano sax cameo from Paul Gowland. Time please! See you all on Tuesday, September 5.                         
Russell.

Bradley Johnston (guitar), John Pope (double bass) & Paul Wight (drums) + Keith Barrett (guitar), Francis Tulip (guitar), Josh Eckert (guitar), Ben Lawrence (piano), Joel Brown (piano), Andy Lawrenson (violin), Paul Gowland (soprano saxophone), David Gray (trombone), Ian Forbes (drums), Abbie Finn (drums), Matthew MacKellar (drums), Ben Fitzgerald (drums), Debra Milne (vocals) & Sarah Linscott (vocals)     

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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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