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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 Saturday March 17


Rat Pack - Live from Las Vegas @ Sunderland Empire, High St West, Sunderland SR1 3EX. 2:30pm. Featuring Rat Pack Big Band & Burrelli Sisters.


KOAN 7 - the Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:00pm. £5.00. (£4.00. concs). ‘Form and Space’ ‘An evening of free improvisation and original composition’. Line-up includes John Pope (solo improvised set).

Rat Pack - Live from Las Vegas @ Sunderland Empire, High St West, Sunderland SR1 3EX. 7:30pm. Featuring Rat Pack Big Band & Burrelli Sisters.

Boys of Brass - Brandling Villa, Haddricks Mill Road, South Gosforth, Newcastle NE3 1QL. 9:00pm. Free.

Ben Cipolla - Great Broughton Village Hall, Ingleby Road, Great Broughton, Cleveland TS9 7ER. 7:30pm. Tickets: £12.50 from 01642 712176.

Gilded Thieves - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

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

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Early Morning Americana @ Sage Gateshead. July 20

(Review by Russell)
Saturday morning brought the massed ranks of the Suumertyne Gospel Choir to the concourse at Sage Gateshead led by Sharon Durant for a Gospel Brunch meeting with first time visitors to the UK, the fabulous McCrary Sisters. Four sisters, Ann, Deborah, Regina and Alfreda, the daughters of the late Rev Samuel McCrary, backed by an ace band (keyboards, guitar, bass and drums), gave a stunning display of gospel singing to a huge crowd hanging on their every word. Café, bars, stairs, balconies, every vantage point was taken. The McCrarys set about lifting us up. Rise up! Jesus is in the house! There’s a train a comin’. You get the picture. Lots of clapping (mostly in time), swaying (some wobbling) and much applause. The McCrary Sisters will be back, no doubt about it.
The Jumpin’ Hot outdoor stage got under way at noon. The place was packed. Deck chairs, picnic hampers, bottles of wine, bottles of beer. The King Bees from Tyneside, a young five piece band, are odds on to win Bebop Spoken Here’s Best Dressed at Americana Award. Immaculately turned out – suits, haircuts, a waistcoat or two, braces. The good news…these lads could play. Front man Scott Taylor (harmonica and vocals) looked the part. So much so he could have been behind the wheel of the gleaming ’56 Buick Special on show across the way with other vintage automobiles…Every woman I know, crazy ‘bout an automobile…Taylor’s frontline partner, guitarist Michael Littlefield, played it authentic blues-style and the piano, bass (double bass!) and drums boys snapped to it – namely Dominic Hornsby, Paul Emmett and Aidan Spink. The King Bees reached out across the Atlantic to their heroes in Chicago, Illinois and beyond. Little Walter (any self-respecting harp player goes to school on the man), Sonny Boy Williamson I, all classic stuff. Junior Wells’s take on Sonny Boy’s Early in the Morning typified the Tyneside lads’ approach. A band well worth checking out. The Summertyne Americana Festival continues, inside and out, at Sage Gateshead throughout the weekend.                 

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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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