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Bebop Spoken There

Randy Brecker: "It's still a thrill for me today to stand out front of a big band as the soloist and hear all that sound going on behind you. It brings the best out of me" - (DownBeat June 2019).

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2019 Parliamentary Jazz Awards

The voting is open between now and May 31 to enable site visitors to nominate their choices in the various categories of this year's APPJAG awards which can be done here.
BSH was very proud to be nominated and to win the 2018 Media Award and hope we can have your support again this year.

Today Wednesday May 22

Afternoon

Jazz

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free admission.

Julija Jacenaite & Alan Law - Jazz Café, Newcastle Arts Centre, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SG. Tel: 0191 261 5618. 2:00pm. Free. Café Mezzanine (first floor, access via crafts shop).

Evening

Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £1.00.

Blues

Moonshine Sessions - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 8:30pm. Free.

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

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

Tomorrow Night - a reminder from JNE

Jazz North East presents
GREG ABATE with the PAUL EDIS TRIO
Greg Abate (saxes); Paul Edis (piano); Mick Shoulder (bass); Adam Sinclair (drums)
Wednesday 6th November | 8.00pm
Literary & Philosophical Society | 23 Westgate Road | Newcastle NE1 1SE
Tickets £10.00 | £8.00 concessions from 0191 232 0192
Contrary to the impression that 'Jazz Alert' may have occasionally given, I love bebop. But I've tried not to let my musical tastes to atrophy around 1960, and I'm not enthusiastic about slavish recreations of the style from which so much exciting music has subsequently evolved.
But "slavish recreation" is not a charge that could be levelled at American saxophonist Greg Abate, who on his two previous visits to Tyneside has delivered what the Penguin Guide to Jazz calls "top-notch bebop played with enthusiasm and without waste". His understanding of the musical language is profound and passionate, but he uses that language to spin entirely original jazz narratives without any of the self conscious retro trappings that you get with some other contemporary bop adherents. This is excellent music, excellently played, and really what more could you ask?
Travelling soloists like Abate are rather at the mercy of local support, and over the years I've heard some horror stories about wooden rhythm sections acting more as a drag than as an inspiration. But the Paul Edis Trio backed Greg at his first Tyneside gig, and he subsequently told his agent that it was the best group he'd worked with anywhere in the UK. It's a superb musical marriage - I urge you not to miss it.   
Paul Bream.

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