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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.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Take it to the Bridge @ The Chillingham. July 10

Dave Weissser (trumpet & vocals), Peter Hepplewhite (clarinet), Rachel Rickman (alto saxophone), Barrie Ascroft (keyboards), Ray Truscott (electric bass), Norman Redhead (drums), Matthew MacKellar (drums)
(Review by Russell)
With the advertised attraction Mike Papapavlou absent, it was a case of wait and see who turned-up at Dave Weisser’s weekly workshop. The mainstays were there, of course – Dave Weisser, Barrie Ascroft and Norman Redhead – and the frequently gigging Ray Truscott took his turn in the bass chair. Add altoist Rachel Rickman and the keen clarinet of Peter Hepplewhite (himself something of a regular at the weekly session at the Chilli) and we had the makings of a good night. A pint of Workie Ticket at hand, let’s go!
Rickman and Hepplewhite were first to delve into the pad and out came All Blues (top vocal from trumpeter Weisser). The same again from Weisser on All Right Okay You Win. DW informed the audience that the arrangement (arr.G.Elliott) was given to him by the late Kay Rouselle. The north east of England is surely a treasure trove of musicians, composers and arrangers!
A Mose Allison blues, followed by some West Coast Gerry Mulligan (Walking Shoes) in the East End of Toon (bass and drums solo spots) then in walked Freddie Freeloader (Truscott flying across the frets, the veteran Ascroft right there). Fourteen years old, drummer Matthew MacKellar (a student of Geoff Armstrong), hit the traps with spot-on patterns on a rollercoaster Caravan and his rhythm partner Truscott shone once more. 
The interval; a raffle ticket, another one from the always-tip-top Mordue Brewery, a chat with Matthew and Mackellar Snr. and time – Weisser Time – was moving on. Second set…Blue Bossa (military medium drumming from MacKellar), Ascroft and Truscott trading and a round of ‘fours’. The drum stool vacated by MacKellar the senior man – Norman Redhead – took over and played it just right on Round Midnight, solos all and the piano, bass and drums trio grabbed a few bars.
Dave Weissers’s weekly workshop would go on ‘til round midnight such is his enthusiasm for the music. Band mates and audience alike informed DW it was around five minutes to eleven. The indefatigable Weisser reluctantly called time with Blues For Duane. A good night at the Chilli.   

1 comment :

Jude (on F/b) said...

Dave rather liked being called indefatigable!

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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.
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