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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 Tuesday March 20


Classic Swing - The Ship, Front St., Monkseaton NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free.


Jam session - Jazz Café, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 8:00pm. Free.

Jazz Blowers’ Easter Concert - Hurworth Grange Community Centre, Hurworth Road, Hurworth Place, Darlington DL2 2BN. 7:00pm. £5.00. Concert in the Hadwin Lounge.

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

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

What I Did Instead of Going to see Sons of Brubeck @ The Sage. Jazz 625 BBC4

Dave Brubeck Quartet: Dave Brubeck (piano); Paul Desmond (sax); Eugene Wright (bass); Joe Morello (drums); Introduced by Steve Race. I was prevented from going to The Sage concert, so this was the next best thing. The programme took me right back to childhood. As a little girl who knew no jazz, I remember being enthralled by the catchiness of the tune Take Five. Dave Brubeck has popular appeal for all sorts of people, even little girls of 10, which may explain why some jazz afficionados turn up their noses. They are missing out. The black and white film from 1964 and the young serious-looking audience created quite a worthy atmosphere, but the music was sheer fun. The quartet played a piece composed by Brubeck’s brother Howard, with the usual wonderful piano from Dave. I thought I heard shades of Getting to Know You from The King and I. Was I imagining this? This was followed by The Wright Groove, with lightly brushed drums and a lively bass solo during which Wright retuned a string whilst playing it. Nice one! Then came the classic Take Five, with more piano and less drums than on the Time Out album. Sounds of the Loop, which portrayed the percussive sounds of Chicago, was brilliant. I’ll swear the piano was pounding out street and traffic noises. Then came the drum solo, fast and furious, so that the drumsticks became a visual blur which sounded like killer bees invading the Chicago streets. Steve Race was on hand to ask Brubeck about his composition methods. Brubeck explained that he often thinks up tunes in his head, then tries them out on piano, and he prefers ‘heard music’ to music being written down. What other answer did Race expect from a jazz musician? It works well, as I love Brubeck’s strong tunes with their unusual timings and endless opportunities for improvisation. That’s what attracted me as a little girl, though I couldn’t have put it into words at the time. A good half hour’s television. Ann Alex.

1 comment :

Lance said...

Thanks Ann. Excellent as ever.
There's more Brubeck to come over the next few days on both Radio and TV check your schedules.

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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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