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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.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Compassionate Dictatorship at the Cluny

Tori Freestone (ten/sop), Jez Franks (gtr), Jasper Holby (bs), Ben Reynolds (dms).
The Cluny invariably reminds me of a Parisian jazz cellar, I don't know why. It's not a cellar, it's not in Paris and sometimes the jazz content is tenuous to say the least.
I'm pleased to say tonight wasn't one of those occasions. How could it be when the two major players, Tori and Jez, graduated from and now teach at Leeds College of Music? The standing of that seat of learning in the music world is beyond question and these two, along with Adam Hastings and the boys from Leeds in 'The Lad' last night, are amongst its most shining examples.
Tori and Jez both play in a contemporary manner without straying too far into uncharted waters. Indeed some of the finest moments came in what I took to be carefully rehearsed ensemble passages; if they weren't then they really are something else!
Jesper and Ben, despite being relatively subdued, nevertheless played their roles to perfection and all in all an enjoyable evening ensued with the highs outnumbering the lows. Come to think of it, there weren't any lows apart from a slight suggestion of blandness early on.
PS: I know why the Cluny reminds me of Paris - the first band I heard there was the Roger Beaujolais Quartet...

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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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