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Bebop Spoken There

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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Today Thursday July 19

Afternoon

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Road, Holystone NE27 0DA. Tel: 266 6173. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Maine St. Jazzmen - Sunniside Social Club, Holywell Lane, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5NJ. 8:30pm. Free.

Alexys de Alfaro: Guitar Dreams with Coco Vega - Prohibition Bar, Arch 3, Brandling Street, Gateshead NE8 2BA. Doors 7:00pm. A ‘jar on the bar’ gig. Guitar & percussion.

Alter Ego - St James’ & St Basil’s Church, Fenham Hall Drive, Newcastle NE4 9EJ. 7:30pm. £10.00.

Jesse Bannister Quartet - Jazz Café, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 8:00pm. £10.00. (£8.00. concs.). JNE.

Northern Monkey Brass Band - Jubilee Park, Spennymoor DL16. 6:00-9:00pm. Free. Big BRASS Bash (Durham Brass Festival).

New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees TS18 4AW. 8:30pm.

Tees Hot Club w. Donna Hewitt (alto); Josh Bentham (tenor); Dave Archbaid (keys) - Dormans Club, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Tel: 01642 823813. 9pm. Free.

Jazz Jam - Fire Station, High Street West, Sunderland SR1 3DT. Tel: 0191 594 7241. 8pm. Free.

Billy's Buskers: Plug in and Play - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 7:00pm. Free.

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

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Northern Monkey Brass Band @ The British Science Festival.

Graham Hardy (trumpet), Alastair Lord (trumpet), Sue Ferris (tenor saxophone), David Grey (trombone), Don Fairley (trombone), Phil Rosier (tuba), Brendan Murphy (bass drum, Nik Alevroyiannis (snare drum) + assorted university student boffins.
(Review by Russell)
The 2013 British Science Festival has taken over Newcastle city centre this last week or so. The closing outdoor event at Grey’s Monument involved university science students and an endangered species – the Northern Monkey Brass Band. The boffins conducted experiments (the Northern Monkeys weren't harmed) with the participation of budding school student scientists and curious passers-by.
Laboratory (home made) instruments (musical as opposed to scientific) were handed out. Blown, they resembled the annoying vu vu zela (FIFA 2010 World Cup) and the equally annoying kazoo. The purpose? Hmmm, something to do with sound waves and vibrations (cue the Northern Monkeys’ take on the Beach Boys’ Good Vibrations). Sue Ferris’  tenor blew, Alastair Lord’s trumpet shook Earl Grey’s Monument to its foundations and David Grey’s trombone sent the tumbleweed tumbling down Grey Street.
The Northern Monkeys are the A-Team at an event like this; percussionist Brendan Murphy led a conga dance, rhythm partner Nik Alevroyiannis kept it bang on and tuba star Phil Rosier funked this way then that. Veteran ‘bone man Don Fairley enjoyed it all and Monkey in Chief Graham Hardy couldn't have been happier with the street crowd response. The band packed-up quickly, no monkeying around, and dashed off to Matfen for a gig in Matfen Church. If you’re in that neck of the woods - up in the trees or wherever – call in and hear the great Northern Monkey Brass Band.   
Russell.

2 comments :

Mark said...

They were fabulous in Matfen too - hopefully bits of the performance will find their way onto our website and youtube in the next day or two.

Lance said...

Keep us informed Mark.

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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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