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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.

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

Monday, July 22, 2013

Rare Croker @ Summertyne Americana. July 21

(Review by Russell)
We don’t see much of Brendan Croker on Tyneside these days. This solo outing on the Jumpin’ Hot’s Americana stage was an all too rare appearance.  Sage Gateshead bustled  with seemingly half of Tyneside on site. Stetsons, the ten gallon variety, sold at a fiver a time. I’ve heard of ‘disposable income’ but really! Cowgals in cowboy boots, wannabee cowboys in sandals. Yes, Geordie Cowboy dresses to impress! Face-painted offspring, running around, having a wonderful time, the ‘little darlings’.

Concentration at a premium, the man from Yorkshire, Brendan Croker, took to the stage. A short set drew upon diverse material; Miss Otis Regrets, a couple of Jesse Fuller numbers (Croker said they had lived with him for a long time), an original tune or two and a bizarre highlight – The Trail of the Lonesome Pine (sans Laurel and Hardy dance routine)! Next time, next time…hear Croker close-up in a small club, the chances are the Stetsons will be absent.
Wandering home past the Bridge Hotel Tilly Billy was in final rehearsal for tonight’s drum fest. Drum heads should be out in force. Alternatives can be had at Blaydon Jazz Club (Keith Stephen’s Hot Club Trio) or take in more Americana at Sage Gateshead.    


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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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