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Bebop Spoken There

Artie Shaw: “I'm not interested in giving people what they want--I'm interested in making music.” – (DownBeat October 15, 1939).

Jason Marsalis: “There's so many places that this music can go and there's a lot yet to be discovered.'” – (DownBeat April 2018)

Today Saturday March 17


Rat Pack - Live from Las Vegas @ Sunderland Empire, High St West, Sunderland SR1 3EX. 2:30pm. Featuring Rat Pack Big Band & Burrelli Sisters.


KOAN 7 - the Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:00pm. £5.00. (£4.00. concs). ‘Form and Space’ ‘An evening of free improvisation and original composition’. Line-up includes John Pope (solo improvised set).

Rat Pack - Live from Las Vegas @ Sunderland Empire, High St West, Sunderland SR1 3EX. 7:30pm. Featuring Rat Pack Big Band & Burrelli Sisters.

Boys of Brass - Brandling Villa, Haddricks Mill Road, South Gosforth, Newcastle NE3 1QL. 9:00pm. Free.

Ben Cipolla - Great Broughton Village Hall, Ingleby Road, Great Broughton, Cleveland TS9 7ER. 7:30pm. Tickets: £12.50 from 01642 712176.

Gilded Thieves - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

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

Sunday, May 02, 2010

Nick Pride & the Pimptones - Splinter @ The Bridge.

Nick Pride (gtr/vcl), David Wilde (ten/fl), Keith Nicholson (tpt), Chris Hibbard (tmb), Ian Pattinson (bs), Oz Cassidy (dms).
This is just about as tight a band as you'll find in a long day's stomp. What you see is what you get - precision playing covering many genré but, whether it be Soul, Funk, Hip-hop, Blues or Reggae there is a jazz groove running through like the lettering in a stick of Whitley Bay Rock ('n Roll).
The 'Pimps aren't a band dependent on virtuoso soloists rattling off a 1000 choruses whilst saying 'look at me aren't I clever?' They're a band that lets the power of the ensembles and the closely knit arrangements do the talking.
Having said that, there were moments to remember such as David Wilde's flute playing and his tenor solos totally immersed into whatever idiom. Keith and Chris (depping for Alex Leathard) had fewer solos but blew good on what they had. Drummer Cassidy drove the band like as though there were no tomorrow and maybe there isn't but Pattinson the bass had his feet firmly entrenched in today providing the melodic pulse that said bass doesn't have to be boring.
Leader Nick kept the whole shebang together playing guitar masterfully, singing minimally and spieling microphonically.
Everybody should have been dancing and I did notice Zoe (Gilby) shaking it about a bit and even Paul Bream waggled his ears!
Another good night and another good crowd.
Next week the Sonny Simmons 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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