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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.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Yarde & McCormack / Mitchell & Puente @ Gateshead Old Town Hall

Jason Yarde (alt/sop), Andrew McCormack (pno) / Robert Mitchell (pno), Omar Puente (vln/vcl).
A double duo bill that was somewhat different and quite unique inasmuch as it was a one off Jazz North East coup.
Both duos pursued their own furrows that wandered back and forth into Free, Neo-classical, improv often in the course of the same piece. Apart from Something's Coming from West Side Story and a brief snatch of Bach's Violin Concerto in D Minor both duos performed original material that gave grounds for majestic soprano playing and breath-taking alto from Jason. Andrew began with some piano string plucking fripperies before he got down to business at the keyboard. One could say 'this is a fine way to treat a Steinway' except the piano at Gateshead Old Town Hall is a Yamaha grand.
It was a good opening set.
Omar played power violin and, despite his initial grim visage, we found it belied the humour in his playing.
Robert didn't quite unleash the fire he ignited at Live Theatre or Cluny but, nevertheless, he did enough to let us know he is master of all he surveys piano-wise.
Overall though I think Omar got the nod tonight even if only because he enticed - nay ordered - the audience to their feet and had them clapping along in time (more or less) on the finale - a familiar sounding piece.
An interesting experiment.

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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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