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Piers Paul Read: "Bruce Reynolds and Biggs shared an interest in Sex, Jazz and Hemingway." - (The Train Robbers by Piers Paul Read, Coronet Books 1979.)

George Shearing: "Speaking about Johann Sebastian Bach I think he'd be a real jazzer if he were alive today. I mean any man who has two wives, twenty kids, gets kicked out of the church for being too harmonically radical and drinks beer can't be all wrong can he?" - (Crescendo March 1984.)

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Lance

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Today Friday July 20

Happy Birthdays to - Brian Chester, Paul Grainger, Emma Frampton.
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Afternoon

Rendezvous Jazz - Monkseaton Arms, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. Tel: 0191 251 3928. 1:00pm. Free.

Greg Abate with Paul Edis (duo set) - Gala Theatre, Millennium Place, Durham DH1 1WA. Tel: 03000 266 600. 1:00pm. £5.00.

Little Mo Trio - SummerTyne Americana Festival, Sage Gateshead NE8 2JR. 3:00pm. Free. Jumpin’ Hot Club Stage (outdoor, Performance Square). Full Americana program.

Evening

Greg Abate with Paul Edis Trio - Jazz Café, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 8:00pm. £10.00. & £8.00. JNE.

Zoë Gilby & Alan Law: Beatles Bossa and Beyond - National Glass Centre, Liberty Way, Sunderland SR6 0GL. Tel: 0191 568 9700. 7:30pm. £27.50. (welcome drink, 3-course meal, booking essential).

Northern Monkey Brass Band - Town Park, Burn Lane, Newton Aycliffe DL5 4NP. 6:00-9:00pm. Free. Big BRASS Bash (Durham Brass Festival).

Big BRASS Bash - Town Park, Aycliffe. 6:00-9:00pm. Free. Durham Brass Festival.

Somethin’ Blue - Houndgate Townhouse, 11 Houndgate, Darlington DL1 5RF. 7:30pm. Matt Case (saxophone) & Mike Hepple (guitar). First Friday in month residency.

Lounge Lizards - St. Mary & St. Patrick's Church, Lambley (nr. Haltwhistle), Northumberland CA8 7LQ. 7:30pm. £5.

Stax Brothers - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7pm.

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

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Branford Marsalis/SNJO Scottish Tour Dates

The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra (SNJO) directed by Tommy Smith proudly presents The Music of Wayne Shorter with very special guest Branford Marsalis
Perth, Concert Hall............27th September 2013 at 7.30 pm
Mill Street Perth PH1 5HZ 01738 621031 Online Box Office
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Glasgow, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. 28th September 2013 at 7.30 pm 100 Renfrew St Glasgow G2 3DB 0141 332 4101 Online Box Office
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Edinburgh, Queen’s Hall.........29th September 2013 at 7.30 pm
85-89 Clerk St Edinburgh EH8 9JG 0131 668 2019 Online Box Office.
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(Photo by Palma Kolansky.)
This September, a confluence of the like-minded will converge in a series of Scottish concerts laden with the promise of beautiful, free-flowing jazz. Tommy Smith will astutely direct the quiet power of the SNJO through the music of Wayne Shorter, long recognized as one of the most expansive thinkers in jazz. They are joined on these dates by guest soloist, Branford Marsalis, who is widely admired as a meticulous
performer with a boldly independent train of thought.
All are capable independently of shaking our faith in what we think we know. Together, they will reclaim the term “going forward” from marketing-speak, and apply it to some of the most courageous and humane jazz music ever composed. Audiences can rightly anticipate a master-class in theory, design, execution and improvisation from award winning artists; but if anyone is going to emerge with a prize it will be the fortunate listeners in the auditoria.
Branford Marsalis needs no introduction to jazz fans who are already familiar with his family history and his remarkable career. Born into the Marsalis family that has blood ties to the heart of jazz in New Orleans, it has been his destiny (along with his father Ellis, and brothers Jason, Wynton and Delfeayo) to be a torch-bearer for this extraordinary music.
It’s a torch that lights the way into the realm of the classical and the giltzy twin empires of rock and pop. He first came to prominence with Art Blakey’s renowned Jazz Messengers, but he is also known for a long working association with Sting between 1985 and 1999. His own quartet is much feted for it’s rich, eclectic output, and a clutch of Grammys speaks to his abilities as composer. Since the turn of the millenium, he has cemented a deserved reputation as the saxophonist of choice for fresh, lyrical interpretations of classical music by composers such as Satie, Debussy, Ravel and Copland.
The task at hand is the presentation of Wayne Shorter’s range as a composer and includes works such as Footprints, Virgo, Yes or No and Speak No Evil. There ought to be little doubt that the arrangements for the SNJO will frame Shorter’s music in an affecting light. Theirs is a mission to educate, initiate and illuminate.
The craft of Branford Marsalis may be visible to anyone with a YouTube account, but it must surely be most truly felt in live performance. The music he will be playing with the SNJO has, on many occasions, been ahead of it’s time. Now it has found a home in the 21st century, and it’s ready to share it’s secrets and it’s delights.
Sponsors: Creative Scotland, Wallace Brass, Arts & Business Scotland, Amb:IT:ion, Scotland

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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.
The idea of this blog is for you to share your thoughts and pass on your comments on discs, gigs, jazz - music in general. If you've been to a gig/concert or heard a CD that knocked you sideways please share your views with us. Tell us about your favourites, your memories, your dislikes.
Lance (Who wishes it to be known that he is not responsible for postings other than his own and that he's not always responsible for them.)
Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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