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Bebop Spoken There

Benny Green [the British one]: "George Webb is no more qualified to pass judgement on bop than I am to offer opinions on Einstein's Theory of Relativity." - (Melody Maker July 30. 1949, From Colin Aitchison's amazing collection).
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Lou Donaldson: “Ornette told me one time, he said, ‘Lou, you need to play some of this free music.’ I said, ‘Uh-uh, I don’t do that. I like to get paid.’” – (Jazz Times June 2015).

Today Tuesday June 30

Afternoon.
ADVANCED JAZZ GUITAR (Tutor James Birkett)- The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 5pm. £15.
Fortnightly course - It's today!
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STRONGER JAZZ VOICES (Tutor Zoe Gilby) - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 5pm. £15.
Fortnightly course - Back July 7
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RENDEZVOUS JAZZ - Red Lion, 1 Front St., Earsdon NE25 9JU. 1pm. 0191 2532318.
New trad venue - monthly - Back July 14.
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Evening.
CHARLES GORDON/KEN HEWITT DUO - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Newcastle. 7.30-10pm. Free.
Regular Tuesday night with Charles on keys, Ken on ten/sop. Note earlier start.
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GAVIN LEE's DIXIELAND JAZZ BAND - New Inn, 29 Church St., Durham. DH1 3DN. 9pm. Free.
Gavin's bands are always interesting and this is well worth the trip.
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PLAY MORE JAZZ - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7.30pm. £15.
Weekly workshop.
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MAINE ST. JAZZMEN - British Legion, West Jesmond (nr. Metro Station). 8:30pm. £5.
Now a monthly session (again!) - Tonight's the night!
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MOONLIGHT SAVING TIME - Jazz Café, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5SG. 8pm.
"Schmazz @ The Café" - quintet with voice used instrumentally.
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JAZZ MACHINE - Queen's Head, Victoria Cresc., Cullercoats. 7.30pm (?).
Pepe and crew venture forth...
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JAM SESSION - Jazz Café, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5SG. 8pm. Free.
Come and jam with Mark Williams, Paul Grainger & Paul Wight. First and third Tuesdays - Back July 7.
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CUSTOMS HOUSE BIG BAND - New Crown Hotel, Mowbray Rd., South Shields. 7.30pm. Free.
Open rehearsal/concert by top big band. The beer's good and the band even better! Monthly - Back July 7.
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HENRY'S SWING CLUB - Brandling Villa, South Gosforth. 8.30pm. Free.
Monthly Blues - Back July 7.
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IAN BOSWORTH - Dorman's Club, Oxford Rd., Middlesbrough. 9pm. Free.
New first Tuesday in the month gig with guitarist Ian and band. Back July 7.
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IMPROV WORKSHOP- Jazz Café, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5SG. 8pm. Free.
Monthly. Back July 14.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Djangologie @ The Cherry Tree

Emma Fisk (vln); James Birkett, Giles Strong (gtr); Mick Shoulder (bs.)
(Review by Lance)
Djangologie, one of Jazz North's 12 bands selected as Northern Line Ambassadors, gave Cherry Tree diners a taste of why they have been given this accolade with a varied program of Hot Club classics, newer numbers and some original compositions. Indeed some of the band's originals sounded more original than the original if you follow my drift. I didn't catch many of the announcements, partly because they came over slightly muffled and partly because I was too engrossed in my Game Ravioli, Fricassee of Cabbage and Peas, Truffle Consomme - a dish, like Djangologie, deserving of a Bistro in Montmartre.
I don't claim to have heard all the British Django bands - I sometimes think there are more in the UK than in France - but, of the ones I've heard this ensemble takes some beating.
James Birkett - super soloist - Giles Strong doing on one guitar what the Hot Club did with two (rhythm guitars) and Emma, surely her middle name is Stephanie! Mick Shoulder's bass provided the firm harmonic foundation and the overall effect is on a par with my Pan Fried Bistro Rump Steak, Frites, Garden Salad and Mustard. This was delicious and not a stirrup or a saddle in sight...
To finish, it was Lemon Tart, Fresh Rasberries, Raspberry Sorbet and The Sheik of Araby..
Lance.

1 comment :

  1. Although I had heard the various band members in different combinations before, this was the first time I had heard Djangologie, and they were great. As a long time Djangonista, I have always been a fan of Hot Club music and any chance to hear it is not to be missed. James Birkett played electrifying acoustic solos and both he and Giles Strong produced that Hot Club rhythmic drive which Emma Fisk soloed above very eloquently. Like Lance I had the game ravioli and steak aux frites as it seemed appropriate to the music but being a cheese eating jazz monkey, I had the cheese board (which was excellent). And just a word for the serving staff who do an excellent job without interfering in the enjoyment of the music. Tres bien and merci beaucoup.
    JC

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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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