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T-Bone Walker: "In fact, there's a girl out there in California in a hospital right now because I was playing a blues that affected her so much that she lost control of herself and started crying, and she stood up and fell over backwards and fell on another table and injured her spine. That's the way the blues affects some people." - (Down Beat October 15, 1942).

Steve Wilson: “I originally wanted to be a drummer, but changed course when I heard Eddie Harris and Rahsaan Roland Kirk and Cannonball Adderley live when I was 9 or 10.” – (Down Beat November 2014).

Bebop Spoken There Archives.

Today Saturday November 22

Afternoon.
TEES VALLEY JAZZMEN - Devonport Hotel, Middleton One Row, nr. Darlington. 1.30pm.
Dixieland (or should that be "Darloland"?) at it's best.
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TBA - Darlington New Orleans Jazz Club - St. Augustine's, Larchfield Tce., Darlington DL3 7TG. 12.30pm. £10.
Monthly - Back Dec. 6.
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PLAY JAZZ WORKSHOP, Sage Gateshead. 2pm. £19/£17.
Players of all instruments and levels learn from the masters.Monthly - Back Dec. 6.
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Evening
PETER GILLIGAN/BRADLEY JOHNSTON - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1. 9pm. Free.
Fab duo. Great guitarist/swinging pianist.
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FOLK MEETS JAZZ- The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8pm (doors). Gig circa 8.30pm. £5.
NEWS FLASH! - The TWAIN to MEET!
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FUMI OKIJI's OLD TIME JAZZ BAND - Cotherstone Village Hall, Barnard Castle DL12 9PG. 7.30pm. £7.50 (£4 child/£20 family.) 01833 650827.
Is Cotherstone prepared for this cultural invasion? I hope so - they'll enjoy it. (Never get nowt like this in Hebburn!)
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LEVEE RAMBLERS NEW ORLEANS JAZZ BAND - Springwell Village Hall. 8pm. £5.
A 1920s Party night with buffet. More details in RH column.
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ALAN LAW (solo piano) - Cherry Tree, 9 Osborne Rd, Jesmond NE2 2AE. 0191 2399924. 7.30pm.
Quality food and music.
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JAZZ NIGHT - St George's Church Hall, St. George's Close, Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 2TF. 01912 811659. 7.30pm.
Hello Information, get me Jesus on the line... somewhat sparse on this one.
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RENDEZVOUS JAZZ - Sandpiper, Cullercoats. 8.30pm £3.
Monthly session featuring Maureen Hall and like-mindedstompers. Back Dec. 6

Thursday, February 28, 2013

CD Review: In The Country – Sunrise Sunset

Morten Qvenild (Piano); Roger Arntzen ; (Bass); Pal Hausken (Drums)
(Review by Steve).
 Nordic culture is currently enjoying a high profile through  the mediums of Films TV  and Literature. We should also add Nordic Jazz to this burgeoning  cultural  list Jan Garbarek and  Esbjorn Svensson  are perhaps the most established artists of  this genre but this Norwegian Trio ‘In the Country’ are a welcome addition to this growing artistic smorgasbord.
This album is recognisably  Northern European  minimalist, intense, almost modern classical at times able to evoke the Nordic landscape and all its elements..
The CD starts off in a sombre minimalist mode  with Birch Song  and  Derrick I was worried at first that I might be in one of those Norwegian days comprising of 24 hours of darkness. These early tracks however set one up nicely for the oddly named Stanley Park  which starts softly but then really begins to crank it up with some rousing ensemble work before ending  with  a mellow Jarrettesque  piano solo. The next track Silverspring is back to the  minimalist atmospheric style of the earlier  pieces. This is followed by Steelpants which could quite easily be part of a Star Trek soundtrack  with it’s Sci Fi feel. The Fluke a WhalesTail is a sensitive melodic piece which leads nicely into the title track  and for me highlight of the album Sunrise Sunset. The piece starts off slowly as one imagines the sun setting it then  drives furiously to an exhilarating  climax then once the sun has risen subsides returning to a relaxing coda of peace and tranquillity. The album concludes appropriately with December’s Song a dark moody piece signalling  that winter is well and truly with us.
All of this trio display great technique, subtly and sensitivity throughout and the experience is enhanced with the clever use of electronics to create effects such as wind waves and even the dawn chorus.
This may not be an album to party to (unless all your friends are Goths) but it’s certainly a great album to listen to whilst contemplating the world around us and its challenges awaiting.
In the Country - Sunrise Sunset is released on March 11, 2013. 
Steve.

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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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