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Camille Thurman: "Their [Tia Fuller & Mimi Jones] advice? If you're going to sing and play, be great at both or don't bother." - (DownBeat November 2018).

Greg Fishman: "I've loved playing music since I was 12, practising 8 hours a day, because I loved doing it every minute." - (DownBeat November 2018.)

Today Wednesday October 17

Afternoon

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, 11 Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8:00pm. £1.00.

Community Hall New Orleans Band - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:30pm £3.00.

Moonshine Sessions - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson Street, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 8:30pm. Free.

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

Monday, November 21, 2011

Enescu re-Imagined @ The Sage.

Tony Malaby (saxophones); Ralph Alessi (trumpet); Lucian Ban (piano); Mat Maneri (viola); Albrecht Maurer (violin); Drew Gress (bass); Mark Ferber (drums); Badal Roy (tabla).
This Jazz North East/Sage promotion intrigued me. I knew nothing of the Romanian composer until this week and wondered how his works would morph into the jazz genre.If it was going to happen the above guys would make it but I had reservations...
Prior to the concert I reflected on life and the arts. There was an exhibition going on with lots of people and lots of paintings. The guests were drinking wine and eating nibbles but few seemed to be looking at the actual paintings - even fewer were listening to Charles Gordon who was playing some wonderful jazz piano - to me his notes painted a 1000 pictures.
Anyhow,,, back to Bucharest.
It took me a long time to get into the music although it did create a desire to hear the original material in classical form.
The players obviously had love and affection for the work of Enescu and, gradually, that feeling emerged..
The soloists were respectful of the melodies and didn't create too much anarchy and indeed, at times, a little more anarchy would have been welcome!. .
And guess what? I came away, respecting, admiring and wanting to know more about Enescu whom Yehudi Menuhin described as the composer of the next century!
Lance.

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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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Lance (Who wishes it to be known that he is not responsible for postings other than his own and that he's not always responsible for them.)
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