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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.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Sage Summertyne Americana Festival 2013; Fri July 19 to Sun July 21

The Mavericks Hall 1 Friday July 19
Raul Malo (lead vocals, guitar) Eddie Perez (guitar) Jerry Dale McFadden (keys)  Paul Deakin (drums);Other instruments are guitars, trumpet, sax, accordion, bass, and various percussion.  Sorry, didn't catch the names of the musicians.
(Review by Ann Alex)
Not a jazz band, but music influenced by country, 1950’s pop, Tex-Mex, Latin and Cajun.  Three tiers of Hall 1 were full of very enthusiastic fans of all ages who lapped it up, clapped along and stood to move around to the music.  The band was very rousingly led by Malo.  The keyboards player was ultra extravert, dancing as he played and jumping about.  The bass player stood out because of his mode of dress, all in black except for a golden cross, and white jacket and top hat.   
This band had a big hit with Dance The Night Away, which readers must surely have heard on the radio.  Tonight they were playing mainly songs from their latest album In Time.  Numbers included Born To Be Blue; You Don’t Have To Love Me, Just Pretend; Mr Lonely; Dance In The Moonlight. Not sure if all these titles are correct, but you get the idea, mostly love songs.  The first encore was just Malo with guitar, doing a moving version of Here Comes The Sun, then the band returned with generous further encores because of audience demand, so they continued with numbers such as Guantenamera and Twist And Shout, BSH left at this point, so for all I know, they could be playing yet to an appreciative audience!      
The Reception
Earlier, we were treat to a press reception with a difference.  Instead of nibbles of vol au vents, salmon and sausages on sticks, we were offered genuine Americana food – jambalaya and corn bread, as mentioned in the songs.  Jambalaya is rather like a spicy chicken risotto and the corn bread had pieces of sweetcorn, a delicious flavour.  Yummy!
After s short introduction from Ros Rigby, up stepped Raul Malo of The Mavericks with his guitar, playing a spirited rendition of Blue Bayou.  And not one singer but two, as we also had a Johnny Cash song from Jon Langford (Mekons, Waco Brothers).  There is a free exhibition of Langford’s paintings in the Sage this weekend, well worth seeing.  The paintings are of American music giants such as Hank Williams, and are for sale.
Free Outdoor Stage.
Meanwhile, back at the ranch - or rather the Free Outdoor Stage - more cooking with Rob Heron and the Tea Pad Orchestra, Big Red and the Grinners and a number of country bands. 
Oh, and of course, Matthew E. White and the McCrary Sisters were over in Hall 2 - like at the International Jazz Festival there is just so so much going on.
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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