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Bebop Spoken There

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 08, 2013

Zoe Gilby Trio @ The Lit and Phil

Zoe Gilby (vcl); Andy Champion (bs); Mark Williams (gtr).
(Review by Lance.)
This was a class gig - they even had programmes. Don't see that very often apart from, say, at the Albert Hall. However, this was the Literary and Philosophical Society and they know how put on a Recital - particularly when Paul Edis is at the helm.
It was a well attended event requiring extra seats to be drafted in. To get artists of the calibre of the above three for a quid each is a mega bargain.
They were worth more - considerably more.

Zoe's program was, by and large, a tried and tested one but, like all good jazzers, the tunes may have been familiar but the interpretation was rarely predictable. . 
Of the Zoe/Andy originals, as always, my favourite was Midnight Bell. the song inspired by Patrick Hamilton's Twenty Thousand Streets Under The Sky. Surprisingly, bearing in mind we were in the Literary and Philosophical Society, when Zoe asked if any one was familiar with Patrick Hamilton's work there was no response!
However, I digress, getting back to the music Zoe looked and sounded great - she seems to get better each time around - the air in Finland must have purified her vocal chords - or should it be the other way around for a jazz singer? Andy and Mark displayed the mastery of their instrument that we've come to expect and the 60 minute set simply flew by.
What a lovely way to spend an hour on a Friday lunchtime - and the bottled ale is only £2.50!
Next in the series is on March 8 and features the Paul Edis Trio.
PS: Jazz North East present Alister Spence Trio with Raymond MacDonald plus Trevor Watts and Veryan Weston tonight at the Lit and Phil. Details in today's listings.

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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.
The idea of this blog is for you to share your thoughts and pass on your comments on discs, gigs, jazz - music in general. If you've been to a gig/concert or heard a CD that knocked you sideways please share your views with us. Tell us about your favourites, your memories, your dislikes.
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.)
Contact: I look forward to hearing from you.