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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 Sunday March 18


Musicians Unlimited - Park Inn, Park Road, Hartlepool TS26 9HU. Tel: 01429 233126. 12 noon. Free.

Jason Isaacs & the Ambassadors of Swing - Hoochie Coochie, Pilgrim Street, Newcastle NE1 6SF. Tel: 0191 222 0130. 5:30pm (doors 4:00pm). £16.00.

Revolutionaires - Tyne Bar, Maling St, Newcastle NE6 1LP. 3pm. Free.

Somethin’ Blue - Vesuvio, 3a Houndgate, Darlington DL1 5RL. 5:00pm. Tel: 01325 788564. Matt Case (saxophone) & Mike Hepple (guitar).


POSTPONED DUE TO WEATHER! Zoë Gilby Quartet - Black Bull, Bridge Street, Blaydon NE21 4JJ. 8:00pm. £5.00. Rescheduled August 19.

Alter Ego - The Globe, 11 Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £5.00.

Bradley Johnston - The Fire Station, High Street West, Sunderland SR1 3DT. Tel: 0191 594 7241. 6:00pm. Free. New weekly residency.

Gypsy Dave Smith - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

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

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

North East Jazz Celebration Part 2 – The Original Unit. June 25

Stefan Walcott (piano), Neil Newton (double bass & electric bass) & David Carnegie (drums)
(Review by Russell - photo by Jerry Edis).
The evening’s celebrations continued with the eagerly awaited return of drummer David Carnegie. Having lived in the north east for a number of years studying and working, Carnegie went home to Barbados a couple of years ago. It was quite something to see him on stage at Sage Gateshead in the company of band mates Stefan Walcott (piano) and bassist Neil Newton.
The likeable Barbadian received the warmest of welcomes and the trio’s debut CD Present Day suggested their set could be a 5* performance (using Downbeat’s star-rating system that is a rave review). The eponymous Present Day (comp. Carnegie) and Stefan Walcott’s Sunshine Roxy immediately confirmed the pedigree of all three musicians.
Neil Newton played five string electric bass and double bass (the latter on loan from Andy Champion). Possessing effortless technique, Newton played the coolest of grooves of which many an aspiring bass player could but dream. Pianist Walcott, leader of the 1688 Orchestra (a big band and steel pan group in Barbados), proved to be a revelation. Dazzling, joyous piano playing flowed from his finger tips. He reminded one of…what’s his name? Then, that was…? This was Stefan Walcott, a swinging piano player embracing the life-affirming qualities of Dr Billy Taylor and the real-deal blues mastery reminiscent of Junior Mance or Ray Bryant.
Carnegie’s neo-soul jam - Post Modern Revisionist Soul (Reimagined) - put the drummer in the spotlight. Drummers of the north east - you should have been there; in the pocket drumming, flick-of-the-switch turbo charge, simply brilliant. Monk’s standard Well You Needn’t crackled, the trio as one. Hum the tune. Go home happy. Ah, there was more. Neil Newton’s Untied free-wheeled around Hall Two. Award these boys five stars. They had the lot - Caribbean calypso, Tito Puente dance grooves, sanctifying Steinway blues, reggae rhythm, bop to free. A memorable occasion.  

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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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