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Bebop Spoken There

Benny Green [the British one]: "George Webb is no more qualified to pass judgement on bop than I am to offer opinions on Einstein's Theory of Relativity." - (Melody Maker July 30. 1949, From Colin Aitchison's amazing collection).
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Lou Donaldson: “Ornette told me one time, he said, ‘Lou, you need to play some of this free music.’ I said, ‘Uh-uh, I don’t do that. I like to get paid.’” – (Jazz Times June 2015).

Today Tuesday June 30

Afternoon.
ADVANCED JAZZ GUITAR (Tutor James Birkett)- The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 5pm. £15.
Fortnightly course - It's today!
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STRONGER JAZZ VOICES (Tutor Zoe Gilby) - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 5pm. £15.
Fortnightly course - Back July 7
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RENDEZVOUS JAZZ - Red Lion, 1 Front St., Earsdon NE25 9JU. 1pm. 0191 2532318.
New trad venue - monthly - Back July 14.
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Evening.
CHARLES GORDON/KEN HEWITT DUO - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Newcastle. 7.30-10pm. Free.
Regular Tuesday night with Charles on keys, Ken on ten/sop. Note earlier start.
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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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MAINE ST. JAZZMEN - British Legion, West Jesmond (nr. Metro Station). 8:30pm. £5.
Now a monthly session (again!) - Tonight's the night!
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MOONLIGHT SAVING TIME - Jazz Café, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5SG. 8pm.
"Schmazz @ The Café" - quintet with voice used instrumentally.
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JAZZ MACHINE - Queen's Head, Victoria Cresc., Cullercoats. 7.30pm (?).
Pepe and crew venture forth...
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JAM SESSION - Jazz Café, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5SG. 8pm. Free.
Come and jam with Mark Williams, Paul Grainger & Paul Wight. First and third Tuesdays - Back July 7.
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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 - Back July 7.
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HENRY'S SWING CLUB - Brandling Villa, South Gosforth. 8.30pm. Free.
Monthly Blues - Back July 7.
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IAN BOSWORTH - Dorman's Club, Oxford Rd., Middlesbrough. 9pm. Free.
New first Tuesday in the month gig with guitarist Ian and band. Back July 7.
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IMPROV WORKSHOP- Jazz Café, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5SG. 8pm. Free.
Monthly. Back July 14.

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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