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Bebop Spoken There

Paul Desmond (As recalled by Marian McPartland): "I went up to him [Dave Brubeck] and said, 'Man, like Wigsville! You really grooved me with those nutty changes.' And Brubeck replied, 'White man speak with forked tongue.'" – (Down Beat February 1998).

Charles Brown "They tell me that everything you get after 70 is grace" - (Down Beat February 1998).

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Today Friday August 26

Afternoon
Rendezvous Jazz - Monkseaton Arms, Whitley Bay NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free. 0191 2513928.
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Tall Ships, Bandstand, Blyth. 12 noon, 2:00pm Free.
Anth Purdy (swing guitar) - Tall Ships, Beach, Blyth. 3:30pm Free.
Ushaw Durham Jazz Festival inaugural event. Full details at: www.ushaw.org.
Beth Macari - Bill Quay Beer & Music Festival, Bill Quay Cricket Club, Hall Terrace, Gateshead. Tel: 0191 438 2922. 4:00pm. £5.00. Macari & others
Evening
Nick Pride Trio - Tall Ships, Dun Cow Stage, Blyth. 6pm Free.
Anthony Stringer ‘An Evening of Swing’ - The Glass Yard, National Glass Centre, Liberty Way, Sunderland. SR6 0GL. Tel: 0191 515 5555. 7:30pm. £27.50. Three course meal & welcome drink.
Ruth Lambert/Stu Collingwood - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle NE1 1RQ. 6pm Free. 0191 2331010.
Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington. 7:00pm.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Latin Jazz Groove @ Hoochie Coochie - August 26

Debra Milne (vcl); Steve Summers (ten/sop/fl/perc); Alan Law (keys); Bradley Johnson (gtr); Katy Trigger (bs gtr); Mark Robertson (dms).
(Review by Lance).
A formidable line-up! After an impressive instrumental opener, Ms. Milne managed to convey a suggestion of Brazil with Antonio Carlos Jobim's Wave, although the weather outside was more related to the rain forests of that country. This really is a weekend for Latinos with Havana Club 5 at Bar Loco on Saturday and the Argentinian Tango Jazz Quartet at The Globe on Monday.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

The Bookcase











Living on the west side of Newcastle I visit Carlisle quite frequently and my first point of call is always “The Bookcase” on Castle Street. Aside from the huge selection of second-hand books over several floors and at least two interconnected buildings the main attraction is the vast number of second-hand jazz albums both on CD and vinyl.
I have no idea how many there are but every style and artist involved in Jazz seems to be represented. Everything is indexed so if you are looking for “Big Band Music” say or “Sonny Rollins” there it is. So much better than buying blind off the web! The pictures give a better idea but don’t really do it justice.
Well worth a trip along the A69!
 More info.
Peter Ninnim.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

All Aboard the Tall Ships!

Up to thirty tall ships will visit Blyth over the August bank holiday weekend (Friday 26 – Monday 29). The Port of Blyth is to host the North Sea Tall Ships Regatta. Hundreds of thousands of visitors are expected to converge on the south Northumberland port to view up close – and in some cases board – some of the biggest vessels in their class. Food and drink, stalls, nightly firework displays and live music are all part of the celebrations.
Jazz will play its part during the weekend ranging from the Dixieland jazz of the Vieux Carré Jazzmen to the Charlie Christian inspired ‘swing jazz guitar’ of local Blyth Valley guitarist Anth Purdy to the biggest of big bands, the Tyne Valley Big Band. See the right-hand column gig list for day-by-day details. It’s all free! 
Russell 
(I Cover the Waterfront).     

'Louis'- An Appreciation by JC.

Cormac Larkin put it very nicely in his tribute to Louis Stewart in The Irish Times when he said: "He had the distinction - accorded only to the very greatest jazz musicians - of being referred to by his first name only: to his fellow musicians, and to his many devoted fans, he was known simply as 'Louis'."
I first heard Louis Stewart play in 1970 in a rundown parish hall in Foxrock, a suburb of South Dublin. I was a young teenager involved in the local folk club where the usual musical fare up to that time was folk singers and ballad groups and 'local artists'. However, a couple of the club organisers were great jazz fans and had invited him to come and play one Sunday evening. It was a revelation. I was used to gentle acoustic instruments and had never heard an electric guitar live before and, at such close quarters, the effect was staggeringly powerful.

Remembering Louis Stewart (January 5, 1944 - August 20, 2016)

I was fortunate to meet Louis in the late 1970s as I had admired his jazz guitar artistry for many years.  Up to that time, with the exception of Pete Chilver and Dave Goldberg, the UK had not produced a jazz guitarist to match the leading USA jazz guitarists.  Louis, however, proved to be more than a match for the transatlantic masters.  He was a natural jazz musician and greatly admired by audiences all over the world. 

RIP Derek Smith (August 17, 1931 - August 2016)


London-born, long-time American resident, pianist  Derek Smith passed away circa August 21.
Prior to moving to New York Smith was a member of the Johnny Dankworth Orchestra as well as being an integral part of trumpet player Kenny Baker's legendary Dozen with whom he broadcast and recorded with on many occasions.
In America, he quickly became established working with top musicians in a variety of genres.
Read what the New York Times Classified Obituary had to say:
SMITH--Derek,Renowned jazz pianist, husband, father and grandfather. Originally from England, he began his career at the age of 14 on VE Day. In 1957 he immigrated to the United States, building a career that spanned seven decades. His immense talent earned the respect and admiration of everyone who knew him. Playing with every big name in show business, and performing with every major player on the jazz scene, he will be remembered as one of the jazz greats.
Derek Smith was 85. Sadly missed.
Lance.
Shiny Stockings.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

CD Review: Music Soup - Cut To The Chase

Evgenia Karlafti (org/pno/vcls); Nestor Dimopoulos (gtr/vcl); Vagelis Kotzabasis (dms); Dimitris Papadopoulos (tpt); Dimitri Vassilakis (ten); Antonis Andreou (tmb) + Anastasis Gouliaris (dms - 1 track).
(Review by Lance).
In the UK we tend to think that Grecian jazz began and ended with the redoubtable Vasilis Xenopoulos. However, back in Athens, this CD indicates that there is jazz of Olympian standard going on in Vasi's home country.

Tees Hot Club becomes Thames Hot Club for one night only!


Those intrepid torch bearers of the Django legacy, the Tees Hot Club, take their Maccas down to the mecca of Djangolism in this country on Sunday, August 28.
The venue? - Le Quecumber, situated in deepest Battersea. (Details).
THC comprises Ian Bosworth, Keith Wilson, Ron Hampton (gtrs); Paul Dickerson (bs); Tim Lamb (perc). Gus Smith will be doing les chanson and Ray Dales will blow alto and wear a hat, no doubt sounding as cool as a ...
If you're in town on Sunday, this should be as good a place as any to round off your visit to the local dogs home.
Lance.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Not a Good Week For Guitarists who played with George Shearing - RIP Toots Thielemans

Hot on the heels of the death of Louis Stewart two days ago comes the news that guitarist/harmonica virtuoso Toots Thielemans passed away earlier today.
Both men were members of the various  George Shearing Quintets at one time or another. Belgian-born Thielemans, after 5 years with Shearing, became better known as a jazz harmonica player and was featured on many albums both jazz and otherwise. I read he played the theme music on Sesame Street and a lot of blockbuster movies.  
I remember him most for that lovely, perhaps the best ever, jazz waltz - Bluesette. I'd like to think that every band in the world, on their next gig, plays Bluesette in memory of this great musician who died today aged 94.*
Sadly missed.
Obituary.
Bluesette.
2005 interview.
Lance.
* Let me know if you played Bluesette on your next gig.

Paul Edis Trio (and a surprise visitor!) @ Blaydon Jazz Club. August 21

Paul Edis (piano), Andy Champion (double bass) & Russ Morgan (drums) + Roly Veitch (guitar)
(Review by Russell/photos courtesy of Roly Veitch.)
The Paul Edis Trio at Blaydon Jazz Club. A grand occasion. Club promoter Roly Veitch accepting an invitation to join the trio on a couple of numbers. A grand occasion. Jazz at the Black Bull. A grand occasion. Such was the exceptional quality of the music anyone could be forgiven for thinking they were at the legendary Newport Jazz Festival (clue).

Ilkley Jazz Festival. August 19-21

(Review by Steve Tulip.)
Please accept my apologies for anybody missed or names misspelt or mistook. Any errors are entirely mine.
Organiser Mark Beirne Smith told me there were two hundred people listening to live Jazz in Ilkley on Friday night. This was when the festival began for us and had a distinctly French storytelling theme.
We spent the early part of the evening in French restaurant Monkmans listening to one Emma Fisk introducing a selection of Joe Venuti/ Eddie Lang music accompanied, as ever, by the mythical gypsy guitar of James Birkett.
Sparks never fail to fly when you put these two giants of north east music together and tonight was no exception. I’m reliably told, by Dr Birkett, that the set was essentially the same one Lance reviewed at the Newcastle Jazz Café a few weeks back, with Someone to Watch Over Me the highpoint for me, Emma wringing every last ounce of emotion from her violin.
The audience were attentive and appreciative but comfortably chattering during the music, which suited the setting perfectly. 

James Peacock @ The Vermont Hotel. August 21

James Peacock (piano)
(Review by Russell)
Walking by the Vermont Hotel, it seemed like a good idea to call in to catch some of James Peacock’s solo piano set. The establishment’s Sunday afternoon piano slot has become a fixture, and a welcome one at that. Some of the best pianists around play on Sundays at the hotel, so, if you’re stuck for somewhere to go on a weekend you could visit the Vermont for teas and cakes, a glass of wine or perhaps a pint of the exclusive house beer brewed by Wylam Brewery.

More Quotes

Simon Spillett dug up a few more quotes for us:
"Listening to Benny [Goodman] talking about the clarinet was like listening to a surgeon get hung up on a scalpel."
Artie Shaw, quoted in the sleeve notes to Benny Goodman: The Complete Capitol Trios
"What I do is very superficial and very obvious. What I do takes about five minutes to figure out. How much more useful would it be to spend time analysing a Charlie Parker solo?"
David Sanborn, Jazz FM magazine 1991

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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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