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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 Sunday March 18


Musicians Unlimited - Park Inn, Park Road, Hartlepool TS26 9HU. Tel: 01429 233126. 12 noon. Free.

Jason Isaacs & the Ambassadors of Swing - Hoochie Coochie, Pilgrim Street, Newcastle NE1 6SF. Tel: 0191 222 0130. 5:30pm (doors 4:00pm). £16.00.

Revolutionaires - Tyne Bar, Maling St, Newcastle NE6 1LP. 3pm. Free.

Somethin’ Blue - Vesuvio, 3a Houndgate, Darlington DL1 5RL. 5:00pm. Tel: 01325 788564. Matt Case (saxophone) & Mike Hepple (guitar).


POSTPONED DUE TO WEATHER! Zoë Gilby Quartet - Black Bull, Bridge Street, Blaydon NE21 4JJ. 8:00pm. £5.00. Rescheduled August 19.

Alter Ego - The Globe, 11 Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £5.00.

Bradley Johnston - The Fire Station, High Street West, Sunderland SR1 3DT. Tel: 0191 594 7241. 6:00pm. Free. New weekly residency.

Gypsy Dave Smith - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

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

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Preview - Lewis Watson Quartet @ The Cherry Tree

I was meaning to leave a comment on Lewis Watson's last gig at the Cherry Tree but didn't get round to it. However, as I see he's appearing there again tomorrow night it's another great opportunity to hear a terrific player who is not gigging nearly enough.
Lance has described the last gig in detail but I must say I wondered how Lewis's robust and constantly inventive style would go down with an audience accustomed to the more standard (but very excellent) music usually provided by the GAS men and women at the CT. I needn't have worried. By the end of the evening couples were happily dancing what I would have called a slow smooch as Lewis was digging seriously low notes from beneath the floorboards of the restaurant in 'Body & Soul'.
They continued through the gloriously melodic 'Softly as in..' and were delightfully unperturbed as he segued into Bird's 'Now's the Time' (by special request). I did wonder if the dancers knew that the riff for this tune was turned into a raunchy rock and roll number about a dance called the 'Hucklebuck'. The chorus which explains how to do the dance ends:'Wriggle like a stick, wobble like a duck, That's what you do when you do the Hucklebuck'.

1 comment :

Lance said...

JC! I want to see you and your good lady doing the above actions even though it may mean the vice squad closing the place down!

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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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