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Bebop Spoken There

Keith Jarrett: “I know if I went to jail and was only allowed to take one composer's music, I would probably take Bach's music.”(DownBeat June, 1984).
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Ramsey Lewis: “In Washington, D.C., we used to pass this hotel and people would say, “That’s were Ella Fitzgerald stays!” I thought, “One day I’m going to stay at that hotel” – and that [success with The In Crowd] allowed me to.” – (Down Beat April 2015).

Today Tuesday May 5

Afternoon.
ADVANCED JAZZ GUITAR - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 5pm. £15.
Fortnightly course - Back May 12.
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RENDEZVOUS JAZZ - Red Lion, 1 Front St., Earsdon NE25 9JU. 1pm. 0191 2532318.
New trad venue - monthly - Back on May 12.
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Evening.
CHARLES GORDON/KEN HEWITT DUO - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Newcastle. 9 (8.30pm?) - 11pm. Free.
New regular Tuesday night with Charles on keys, Ken on ten/sop.
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GAVIN LEE's DIXIELAND JAZZ BAND - New Inn, 29 Church St., Durham. DH1 3DN. 9pm. Free.
Gavin's bands are always interesting and this is well worth the trip.
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PLAY MORE JAZZ - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7.30pm. £15.
Weekly workshop.
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CUSTOMS HOUSE BIG BAND - New Crown Hotel, Mowbray Rd., South Shields. 7.30pm. Free.
Open rehearsal/concert by top big band. The beer's good and the band even better! Monthly - Tonight's the night!
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JAM SESSION - Jazz Café, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5SG. 8pm. Free.
Come and jam with Peter Gilligan, Paul Grainger & Paul Wight. First and third Tuesdays - Tonight's the night!
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HENRY'S SWING CLUB - Brandling Villa, South Gosforth. 8.30pm. Free.
Monthly Blues - Tonight's the night!
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MAINE ST. JAZZMEN - British Legion, West Jesmond (nr. Metro Station). 8:30pm. £5.
Now a monthly session (again!) Back on May 26
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IMPROV WORKSHOP- Jazz Café, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5SG. 8pm. Free.
Monthly. Back on Thursday May 14 - This month only.

Sunday, December 02, 2012

Jiannis Pavlidis Quintet @ The Bridge

Matt Anderson (ten); Jiannis Pavlidis (gtr); Declan Forde (keys); Sam Vicary (bs); Sam Gardner (dms).
Another less than full house which was unfortunate as the Jiannis Pavlidis Quintet is a band well worth checking out.
Pavlidis is an impressive guitarist and composer who can build it up before unleashing a solo that near blows your mind. Matt Anderson, I'm beginning to wonder if he lives in Leeds or Newcastle so frequently is he here! (He's back at Hoochie on Thursday). Matt blows tenor in a most deceptive way - he sort of lets it grow on you. A simple, almost elementary, chorus or two before gradually building and evolving into a kaleidoscopic cascade of notes and phrases that burst triumphantly then disappear from all but the ears of the listener.
Sam Gardner is a powerhouse behind the kit - in full flight he's like a contemporary Phil Seaman. On keys, Declan too is a formidable player aided and abetted by Vicary on bass.
A grand band playing accessible modern/contemporary music. Surely there are enough fans in and around Newcastle to at least half-fill the Bridge (capacity 110).
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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