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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 01, 2013

MuHaHa @ The Bridge Hotel. June 30

Brendan Murphy (tuned glass percussion), Graham Hardy (trumpet & flugelhorn) & Neil Harland (double bass)
(Review by Russell. Photos by Ken Drew).
Splinter @ the Bridge presented a world premiere! Brendan Murphy’s amazing glass constructions - water-filled bowls, bells, blocks - constituted a glistening, gleaming, crystal orchestra from which sounds rang and chimed to the echo. Trumpeter Graham Hardy adopted Miles’ modal mode, bassist Neil Harland mined a rich seam of grooves. Hypnotic, insinuating loops took cover in the dusk of the night air, a grapefruit-green spotlight illuminated Murphy’s Heath Robinson instrument. 
Improvised pieces, written compositions, reference points punctuated the performance; Moorish sketches of Miles and Gil, the Eastern drone rung from fragile vessels of glass, a bass line suggesting A Love Supreme. A highlight of the evening, a Harland blues, went down to the Delta in search of Buddy Bolden. Hardy’s muted trumpet called out and I swear the iconic figure visited the Bridge, in spirit, if not in body. The late Keith Morris - musician, teacher, promoter - was friend and mentor to the Mu Ha Ha three, so it was fitting his Scheherazade be played so beautifully on such an occasion. My Favourite Things drew to a close a unique evening in the upstairs room of the Bridge Hotel. Next week (Sunday 7 July) sees the welcome return of Alter Ego.
Photos (by Ken Drew).   

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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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