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Bebop Spoken There

Dave Gelly: “From 1 January 1920, when prohibition was imposed in the US, people didn’t stop drinking, they just stopped drinking legally.” – (Jazz Journal October 2017).

Regina Carter: “When I was a teenager, I would daydream about going out on a date and dancing to Ella’s music.” (Down Beat October 2017).

Today Thursday November 23

Afternoon
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Rd., nr. Newcastle NE27 0DA. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening.
Maine Street Jazzmen - Potter’s Wheel, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5EE.

Group Theory - The Globe. 7:30pm. £5.00. Superb Durham University quartet. Dan Garel (alto), Tom Burgess (guitar), Dylan Purches (double bass) & Tristan Bacon (drums).

BABMUS - Jazz Café, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8:00pm. £3.00. (£2.00. concs.).

TBA – Railway, Wellington St., Gateshead. 8pm.

Tees Hot Club w. Kevin Eland (trumpet); Josh Bentham (sax); Ted Pearce (keys) - Dorman’s, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. 9:00pm. Free.

Skidoo 52: The Joint Is Jumpin’ - Boldron Village Hall, County Durham DL12 9RN. 01833 638210. 7:30pm. £9.00. adult, £20.00. family.

New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton TS18 4AW. 8:30pm.01642 678129.

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

Sunday, October 06, 2013

Denys Baptiste: Now is the Time...Let Freedom Ring. Sage Gateshead October 5.

Denys Baptiste (ten); Nat Facey (alt); Nathaniel Cross (tmb); Mark ? (tpt); Omar Puente (vln); ? (pno); Gary Crosby (bs); Satin Singh (perc.); Roy Jones (dms); Harry Brown (md) + second violin and 2 cellos and the In Groove Voices led by Sharon Durant.
(Review and photo of Denys Baptiste by Lance).
This was a concert of deep social significance - a celebration of Martin Luther King's famous 1963 speech - I have a dream.
Hall One should have been full to the rafters! As it happened the assemblage could have fitted into Hall Two with room to spare. Why this concert should have been ignored by most of the North East Jazz cognoscenti remains a mystery to me. Perhaps if the personnel had been released in advance it may have drawn more punters. Still, I can always tell those who "played the wag" about it and make them green with envy when I describe Facey's alto solos, Puentes' fiddling, Cross on trombone, the percussionists and, of course, Baptiste himself on tenor.
However, this wasn't just a blowing session, although the solos were outstanding. This was a masterful merge of composition and soloists which may ultimately be comparable with the extended works of Ellington, Mingus or Gil Evans. I say "ultimately" as on this, the first performance, there were rough edges which will no doubt be ironed out as the tour progresses. Even so, warts and all, this was a prodigious undertaking. The screen behind the band showed relevant projected images - back of the bus, police brutality, whites only, Ku Klux Klan interspersed with the words of King - a shocking reminder of American society in the 1950's and 60s - a culture that still lingers on. and not just in America. This country isn't any better even today. We maybe don't segregate by signs but I bet there is not one person reading this who doesn't know someone, and I mean a friend or neighbour, who isn't openly racist.
A special mention of the locally based In Groove Voices who, led by Sharon Durant, provided some pivotal moments in the program. My apologies for not catching all the band names - each one deserved to be acknowledged. Perhaps future dates could include an info sheet?
Lance.

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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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