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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.

Monday, November 15, 2010

VOTNJO - Simply The Best!

John Warren (cond/comp/arr), Stan Sulzmann (ten/comp/arr), Graham Hardy, Shaun Eland, Gary Nicholas, Jonny Dunn (tpts), Alex Leathard, Chris Hibbard, Keith Norris, Caroline Norris (tmbs). Andy Bennett (alt/clt), Rod Mason (alt), Graeme Wilson (ten), Sue Ferris (ten/flt), Niall Armstrong (bar).
Paul Edis (pno), Andy Champion (bs), Mark Williams (gtr), Adrian Tilbrook (dms).
If a Splinter gig never gets any better than this then I won't complain. If you missed it well that's your misfortune and I'm sure that those who packed out the Bridge will never stop telling you about it.
Difficult to single out any one piece or person but, for me, the killer moment was Stan Sulzmann playing Ruby My Dear. The Monk tune seemed to dig down into my soul as Sulzmann explored it from top to bottom - inside and out - every which way. Sumptuous, I wanted everyone I loved to be called Ruby.
Should also mention Jonny Dunn's trumpet work - really impressive new kid on the block.
The band were on top form skating through the arrangements as though they were Noddy's first Lesson!
Believe you me they weren't! John Warren deserves to be ranked alongside Gil Evans and Stan's weren't bad either!
Incredible charts brilliantly executed by a fantastic band - what else can I say?
PS: If there was a downside it was the noisy party sitting at the front - they spoiled it for everyone - themselves included if they but knew it!

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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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