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Buddy Guy: "My mother said, 'You got flowers for me, give 'em to me now, because I'm not going to smell them when you put 'em on the casket'." - (DownBeat September 2018).

Marty Ashby: "I asked him what his gig was and he said 'I put the scores on the music stands'. I said, 'That's a gig?' And I realised there were four floors of guys like him, who supported some of the finest musicians in the world. But I was a jazz musician, and I was used to playing with some of the finest musicians in the world in front of the New York Public Library for tips. That's when I realised that jazz didn't have the same support system as classical music. - (DownBeat September 2018).

Today Thursday August 16

Afternoon

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Road, Holystone NE27 0DA. Tel: 0191 266 6173. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

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

Bop 3 - St John’s Hall, Snod’s Edge, Shotley Bridge DH8 9TJ. 7:30pm. £15.00. Tickets from 07766 037893. First night of two. Trio - Snake Davis, Helen Watson & Dave Bowie.

Indigo Jazz Voices - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £5.00. Vocalists acc. by Joel Brown, Paul Grainger & Rob Walker.

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

Tees Hot Club w. Kevin Eland (tpt); Donna Hewitt (sax); Graham Thompson (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.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Enhance Your Jazz Skills With African Percussion

(By Ann Alex)
You too could sound like Hannabiell and Midnight Blue (at least a bit!) if you took up African Percussion, which is a course offered by Sage Gateshead in Gateshead Old Town Hall (GOTH) on Wednesday afternoons, as part of the Silver Programme.  I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the first 2 weeks of term 2, when we’ve been playing African hand drums, which are known as Djembes.  These drums are from West Africa and come in various sizes, so every drum is pitched slightly different. Djembes produces 3 different tones, according to whether you play with the fingertips on the rim; with all the fingers further in; or with the whole hand in the middle of the drum.
We've learned a tune from Bukina Faso, which involves the group being divided into 3 parts, each part playing a different rhythm.  There’s a regular groove, a tricky counter rhythm and a slower rhythm which imitates a train, rim rim RIM, in IN in in in.  Perhaps readers can imagine the thrill of playing in rhythm whilst listening to the other drums.  If you close your eyes you could take yourself to the heart of Africa but without the heat.  There’s also a song to go with this, but so far we’ve found it impossible to do both drum and song at the same time.  If you think this sounds easy, just try it at home!  Unless, of course, you’re a jazz drummer and if that’s the case you’ll find it easy, that is if you can sing.
We’ve also done a piece called Zimbabwe, where the song is an integral part of the piece.  This is easy to remember as alternate hands are used.  Every word of 1 syllable is played on the rim and words of more than 1 syllable (eg Zimbabwe) are played in the middle.  Easy Peasy so far, but then it turns out that there are about 4 other parts to the tune!
There are also hand bells in sets of 2 which are larger and louder than the agogo bells used in Samba drumming.  We’ve yet to tackle those.  But I’m sure all this is great for practising rhythms and teamwork in time for the next jazz jam.
Ann Alex

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