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Bebop Spoken There

Randy Brecker: "It's still a thrill for me today to stand out front of a big band as the soloist and hear all that sound going on behind you. It brings the best out of me" - (DownBeat June 2019).

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2019 Parliamentary Jazz Awards

The voting is open between now and May 31 to enable site visitors to nominate their choices in the various categories of this year's APPJAG awards which can be done here.
BSH was very proud to be nominated and to win the 2018 Media Award and hope we can have your support again this year.

Today Wednesday May 22

Afternoon

Jazz

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free admission.

Julija Jacenaite & Alan Law - Jazz Café, Newcastle Arts Centre, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SG. Tel: 0191 261 5618. 2:00pm. Free. Café Mezzanine (first floor, access via crafts shop).

Evening

Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £1.00.

Blues

Moonshine Sessions - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 8:30pm. Free.

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

Saturday, July 06, 2013

Mingus Oh Yeah

Hanging around South Shields Market today - I'm an inveterate hanger around of markets - I came across a CD - Mingus Oh Yeah. I shrugged, I've had it on vinyl for years and wasn't really bothered about duplicating it on CD. However, when I noticed there was a previously unreleased 24 minute  interview with Mingus by Atlantic guiro Nesumi Ertegun the three quid tag looked a bargain - and it was!
For those, unfamiliar with the disc Mingus Oh Yeah has the bass player on piano singing and playing some blues inspired originals. Booker Ervin, Roland Kirk, Jimmy Knepper and Danny Richmond are in there along with Doug Watkins who merely has to play bass in a Mingus led band - no pressure!
However, the interview is where my £3 went solid gold...
It's a fantastic insight into the mind of the man (and not an f word in sight) as he recalls his early days playing with Kid Ory, Louis, Hamp, T-Bone Walker and memories of others such as Blanton and Red Callender.
There are also some great Bebop Spoken There type quotes -
"If it can't be played by the composer he shouldn't give it to anyone else to play."
"If you make a mistake, remember it and next time make it part of the music."
A giant in every sense of the word.
Lance.
PS: Upon reflection I think this was possibly the first "Free" music I ever heard - I liked it. However, in retrospect, I realise it wasn't really free it just pushed the boundaries a little bit further.



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