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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.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Martha Wainwright and Sam Amidon @ Sage Summertyne Americana Festival. July 20

 Martha Wainwright (vocals, guitar).
(Review by Ann Alex)
What an entertainer this lady is!  Even if she didn't sing, she could make a living as a comedienne, telling tall tales.  She had level 1 of Hall One laughing all the way, with tales of how the songs came to be written, comments about why her hair was wayward (problems with the hairdryer).  Approximate quote  ‘I used to write songs about being unloved and unhappy, now I write songs about being loved and unhappy; my husband takes no notice anyway!’  
The songs were mainly about relationships, sung expressively in a voice sometimes sweet and somewhat cute, sometimes strongly dramatic, with skilled guitar played with aplomb.  Not jazz, but songs definitely from the stable of the McGarrigle/ Loudon Wainwright families, contemporary folk.  I didn't catch the names of all the songs, but those I did identify included Can You Believe It; Four Black Sheep (written for a competition); Radio Star; This Life.
The more serious songs paid tribute to the memory of the singer’s mother, Kate McGarrigle, for instance the torch song I Am A Diamond, an unpublished song about the ocean, and a song about the environment Prosperine. The concert ended with a lovely rendition of La Vie En Rose, sung without any amplification, as a statement in favour of saving the country’s energy.
Sam Amidon (vocals, guitar, fiddle, banjo); Chris Valalayo? (drums, bass guitar, piano, electronic effects)
The performance had  begun with traditional and contemporary folk songs from this duo which made for pleasant listening with mostly good musicianship, except for (to my ears anyway) a few jarring effects from the violin and electronics.  But a good concert all round. 
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.
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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