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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 Monday March 19


Jazz in the Afternoon - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free.

Higher Education & Research Presents: Future Grooves - Sage Gateshead. 12 noon. £5.00. Showcase performances by BMus & BA degree course students feat jazz & non-jazz sets.


Higher Education & Research Presents: Future Grooves - Sage Gateshead. 7:00pm. £5.00. Showcase performances by BMus & BA degree course students feat jazz & non-jazz sets.

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

Friday, February 01, 2013

CD Review: The Ken Hatfield Sextet - For Langston

Ken Hatfield (guitar, composer, arranger); Hilary Gardner (vocals); Jamie Baum (alto flute);  Hans Glawischnig (bass); Jeff Hirshfield (drums); Steven Kroon (percussion) Langston Hughes (1902-1967 lyrics).
(Review by Ann Alex)
Phew! This review has been done just in time for what would have been Langston Hughes birthday, which is February 1.  So what, you ask?  Well the CD is a celebration of Hughes’ poetry. His writing was part of what is known in the USA as the Harlem Renaissance, sometimes known as ‘Jazz Poetry’, verse evoking blues forms, easy to listen to, yet full of rich observations about love, life and politics.
Hatfield, the composer, has gathered superb musicians for this project, including Hilary Gardner, a skilled soprano using her voice as a jazz singer should, and Jamie Baum on alto flute, making an interesting change from the usual saxes and trumpets of the front line.
Tracks include an instrumental, Overture, with a distinctly urban sound, yet quirky as well; an amusing blues I Don’t Believe in Titles; (I quote)
        Do not call me doctor if I get a Phd
        Just keep on calling me sweetie, ‘cos that is good to me
        I don’t believe in titles when it comes to love’
This track has a good bass solo and a definite 1920’s blues feel.
Then there’s Lonely Nocturne, which is about coming home with no-one to welcome you, which manages to be sad yet playful; In Time of Silver Rain the flute imitates raindrops; Silent One, with a Latin beat and percussion solo of gently ringing cymbals; political songs, one about a dead soldier and another concerning youthful revolutionaries who have no doubts; Convent/Silence, an unusual song with soft continuous cymbals which cleverly give the effect of quietness and space.  The final track is a suitable ending, The Bells Toll Kindly, about dying to the sound of bells and remembering love, but not at all morbid. The general mood of the CD is optimistic, with lots of forward-moving tunes, and many short solos on flute and guitar.  Another disc I’m glad to have in my collection.
The Ken Hatfield Sextet: For Langston is released on February1, 2013 by Arthur Circle Music.
Ann Alex.

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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.
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