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Bebop Spoken There

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.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Zoë Gilby & Andy Champion @ Empty Shop, Durham - Feb 15

Zoë Gilby (vocals) & Andy Champion (double bass)
(Review by Russell).
It was cold. See photo of Zoë and Andy togged-up. At one point, Andy considered playing with his gloves on! Durham’s Empty Shop was a tad cad. The bar was warm enough with the door closed and a heater working overtime. A bottle of Pavlov’s Dog (Yes, Master…), ‘hello’ to Carlo and co.

Empty Shop’s performance space was cold. A heater, fixed to the ceiling, going full blast, directed warm air down onto a vacant seat below. Your reviewer claimed the seat – someone had to. Mine! All Mine! This was a first gig at Durham’s quirky venue for the Zoë Gilby-Andy Champion duo. First impressions? They liked it. Everyone does. 

West Coast Blues then Graceland then Goodbye Pork Pie Hat: Vocalist Zoë referenced the Nancy Wilson take on Wes Montgomery (lyrics by Sascha Burland), recalled singing Paul Simon as a duo at a friend’s wedding, then Mingus’ salute to Lester Young. Three tunes in, the audience loved it.

Andy thought it time to brave shirt sleeve-order, Zoë wasn’t having any of it, for now. The Gershwin songbook offered Nice Work If You Can Get It, a tune in complete contrast, Nick Cave’s dark, sinister Red Right Hand found Zoë completely immersed in both lyric and performance, then on to another heavyweight musician, John Martin and Solid Air, his dedication to Nick Drake. Voice and bass duo partnerships aren’t exactly thick on the ground, and making the format work can’t be easy, but Zoë and Andy have established a concert standard programme and it works anywhere – be it an empty shop or concert hall.  

Our Love is Here to Stay, then some Kate Bush, then Monk – Straight No Chaser. The Monk held the audience rapt with virtuosic vocals and bass playing winning loud applause. Andy took his bass for a walk on A Weaver of Dreams and Zoë’s amazing vocal dexterity on Tom Waits’ Way Down in the Hole was (and is always) a highlight of their set. An enjoyable, if cold, evening.              

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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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