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Bebop Spoken There

Peter Vacher: “The Hopbine [public house] is a Tesco Express now, having been reinvented successively as Desi Dons, Bootsy Brogans, the Dog and Duck and, before that, the Chequered Flag.” – (Jazzwise October 2017)

Kyle Eastwood: “Naturally I listened to pop music when I was a kid – I’d spend two hours a day hearing it on the school bus! – but the very first music I heard in the house and the first concerts I went to were jazz.” – (Jazzwise October 2017)

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Today Monday October 23

Afternoon.
Jazz in the Afternoon - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
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Classic Swing - Marquis of Granby, Streetgate, Sunniside NE16 5ES. 0191 4880954. 1pm. Free. Bob Wade (trumpet); Olive Rudd (vocal) and other familiar faces.
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Evening.

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

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Mark Williams Trio @ The Empty Shop, Durham - October 19

Mark Williams (guitar), Paul Susans (bass guitar), Russ Morgan (drums).
(Review by Steve T)
No doubt, to the disappointment of our fearless editor, my visit to Empty Shop was accompanied by a severe bout of freshers/man flu (which kept me away the previous night), so my review is slight, but I didn't want the occasion to go unmarked.
No doubt he'll be thrilled that I've still found a few words to target a couple of things currently causing such enormous harm to music.
A slow start by Empty Shop standards but by the interval the chairs were pretty much occupied with almost thirty, including a large group of newbies (no doubt responsible for my ailment), who didn't know the protocol of clapping for each and every solo, and no bad thing either.

Monday, October 23, 2017

BABMUS Presents @ Jazz Café - October 19

(Review by Dave C)
Described on the Jazz Cafe website as “a twice-monthly platform for young, straight-ahead jazz musicians” hosted by Bearpark, with an implied exclusive concentration on standards, October’s ‘BABMUS Presents’ gig in the venue’s upstairs room on Thursday 19th pretty much up-ended the advance description.
For a start, the social media publicity for the event billed it as an early Halloween celebration and sure enough, the arriving crowd was greeted by the sight and the slightly singed odour of traditional pumpkins. Not to be outdone, Pam on the door handed out complementary lollies and came close to running out when no less than 40 people turned up.

XPQ @ Blaydon Jazz Club - October 22














Vasilis Xenopoulos (tenor saxophone), Nigel Price (guitar), Paul Edis (piano), Mick Shoulder (double bass) & Russ Morgan (drums)
(Review by Russell/Photos courtesy of Roly V & Jerry E)
They came from all points – Cumbria, County Durham, Tynedale, and hot foot from a star-studded Big Idea gig at Hoochie Coochie. The Black Bull bulged at the seams…Vasi X was back in town! A full house was all but assured thanks to Vasilis Xenopoulos’ hugely successful previous visits, and,  long before the advertised start time of eight o’clock, it became clear that this Blaydon Jazz Club gig would indeed attract a capacity audience.

Preview: Clouts’ Quartet Grooves into Eyemouth

(Press Release/Photo ©Lucas Aliaga-Hurt-1)
Pianist Philip Clouts celebrates his quartet’s tenth anniversary with a 13-date tour that includes a concert at Eyemouth Hippodrome, just eight miles over the border into Scotland, on Saturday, October 28 at 8pm.
Clouts formed the quartet – originally a trio – to create a more intimate contrast to the band he’d been working with since the turn of the millennium, the jazz and world-beat ensemble Zubop, which had expanded to a nine-piece through collaborations with Gambian master musicians Juldeh Camara and Njega Sohna.
After releasing his trio album, Direction South, he felt that he wanted to add another voice and so Carlos Lopez-Real from the F-IRE Collective joined on saxophone.

Sounding Tears @ Sage Gateshead October 21

Mat Maneri (viola); Evan Parker (soprano saxes); Lucian Ban (piano)
(Review by Steve H/Photo courtesy of Ken Drew)
There are some things frustrate me about Sage Gateshead - the parking is expensive, the beer is overpriced (and keg)  and the place has a certain officiousness about it (for example even for informal style gigs they can make you wait outside the auditorium until a number finishes). However, since it always succeeds in its primary objective of putting on world-class musical acts in great spaces with wonderful acoustics all the above can be forgiven.
Saturday night was a case in point with this international free jazz super trio. The only false note of the evening came before a quaver had even been sounded when Mat Maneri said ‘how good it was to be back in Newcastle’. ‘It’s Gateshead’ some of the tribal crowd hissed back at him.

Gerry Richardson's Big Idea @ Hoochie Coochie - October 22










Gerry (Crumax Keyboard/vocal); STING (guest vocalist); Garry Linsley (alto); Stuart Johnson(tenor); Sue Ferris.(Baritone/flute); Mark Webb (trumpet); Dave  Hignett,(trumpet); David Gray.(trombone); Rod Sinclair(guitar) Adam Sinclair (drums).
(Review by John T.) 
It’s been a while since I’d seen Gerry Richardson’s Big Idea so the Sunday afternoon gig at Hoochie drew my attention. Can’t believe that it was only their second performance at the venue. Considering it was a free gig there wasn’t exactly a full house for the 5pm kick off. It did fill up later on though as a special surprise artist was to perform in the second half. 
The first set started with Stone Church and Blues for Red followed by Ska Odyssey. Big Jazz Club in the Sky was next - a vocal for Gerry. African Sunset, Right On, The Turnaround Shuffle came next. The set finished with my favourite vocal from Gerry, Lady Day and John Coltrane.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

I Heard it on the Grapevine...














...that Sting sat in with Gerry Richardson and the Big Idea at Hoochie Coochie this afternoon. Anyone take notes, photos?
Lance
Check out video by Sophie Snowdon on F/b.

Take the Blue Train on Thursday













Gateshead Railway Club, which recently started hosting blues nights, is holding a 4 week Thursday night - see how it goes - series of jazz gigs. Organised by David Wares who also hosts a jazz program on Spark FM 107 which, I'm led to believe, recently had Debra Milne/Steve Glendinning playing live on the show and that the duo is scheduled for a follow-up Railway Club appearance.
First session is this Thursday - October 26 - and may feature David's own band, Thelonious Punk. The following week, David Keighley's Space Gong is billed to appear and, as David Wares has yet to book a band for November 9, by a process of elimination, it may well be Debbie and Steve for November 2. Bands interested in playing should contact David via Spark FM.
Lance.

CD Review: Michael Messer’s Mitra - Call of the Blues

Michael Messer (guitar & vocals), Manish Pingle (Mohan veena) & Gurdain Rayatt (tabla) + Richard Causon (piano & organ)
(Review by Russell)
British bluesman Michael Messer has played in numerous line-ups during a thirty plus year career.   
In 2013 Messer was invited to perform at a festival in Mumbai. It was during his visit he met Manish Pingle. They jammed together and Messer resolved that one day they would perform together on a stage in front of an audience. Messer recruited London-based Gurdain Rayatt and, in September of that year, the trio played a gig at the Troubadour Club in London. Mitra was born.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

XPQ @ Opus 4, Darlington - October 20

Vasilis Xenopoulos (tenor saxophone), Nigel Price (guitar), Paul Edis (piano), Paul Susans (double bass) & Russ Morgan (drums)
(Review by Russell)
A Friday night in mid-October sees all and sundry heading to the Traveller’s Rest in Cockerton. What’s the occasion? The annual visit of Vasilis Xenopoulos, that’s what! As they queued down the stairs, drinks in hand, a voice said: It’s a tenner tonight. Another replied: I’d pay thirty quid tonight. Such is Vasilis Xenopoulos’ reputation that an increase in the usual admission price didn’t deter the faithful.
An added attraction at this Darlington Opus 4 Jazz Club gig took the form of the brilliant guitarist Mr Nigel Price. Add in the best piano trio around – Messrs Paul Edis, Paul Susans and Russ Morgan – and it had all the makings of a memorable occasion. XPQ are Vasilis Xenopoulos, Nigel Price and, on this gig, the aforementioned A-list rhythm section.
On June 21st Xenopoulos and Price went into the studio to record material associated with several of the great saxophone/guitar partnerships in jazz history. The album Sidekicks (review to follow) is the result of their endeavours, and here at Opus 4 not only was the physical product (CD) available to buy hot off the press, the evening’s two sets featured cuts from it! 

Late News - '20s Jazz Night + Pie 'n' Pea Supper

The Vieux Carré Jazzmen are at Hepscott Village Hall tomorrow night (Sunday 22 October) 
Showtime is 8.45pm - tickets are £10 which includes a Pie 'n' Pea Supper. 
Contact: Anne Finlay on 01670 518888 or Lee Walker on 07713 439499
Brian.
Hepscott Village Hall, Morpeth, 
Northumberland NE61 6LN 


Vasilis Xenopoulos & Paul Edis @ The Lit & Phil - October 20

Vasilis Xenopoulos (tenor saxophone) & Paul Edis (piano)
(Review by Russell/photo courtesy of Jerry)
Vasilis Xenopoulos stepped off the train at Central Station and walked all of two minutes to the Lit and Phil. This was to be the first of two gigs in a day for London-based Xenopoulos. This reunion with friend pianist Paul Edis found the duo surrounded by audio-visual recording equipment. Their excellent 2016 album A Narrow Escape deserves to be heard by a wider audience and promoting the ‘product’ to interested parties won’t do any harm at all.

CD Review: Sherri Roberts - Anybody's Spring

Sherri Roberts (vocal); David Udolf (piano); Harvie S (bass); Akira Tana (drums); Sheryl Bailey (guitar).
(Review by Lance).
The seasons have provided fertile material for songwriters, often to the point of overkill with: Winter Wonderland, Autumn Leaves and Summertime being typical examples of good songs that have been flogged to death unlike Winter in Madrid (Ann Richards w. Kenton), Autumn Serenade and The Things We Did Last Summer which are all worthy of more exposure.
Spring, however, is a different kettle of fish - possibly because there are more of them [songs] - but, since Shakespeare's It Was a Lover and His Lass, Spring, like love, has ever been in the air and the airs on this album are 12 of the best sung by a lady who moved from theatre to song when she recognized that exploring the rich emotional life of a character through story can be done far more economically in a four-minute song than a two-hour play; that a well-written song is like a drama in miniature, distilled to its musical essence; and that singing, like acting, offers the means to externalize the deeper, internal self. She walked away from theatre and onto the bandstand, and hasn’t looked back since.
And I'm rather glad about that!

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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.)
Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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