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Bebop Spoken There

Jim Hall: "Won't play loud, can't play fast" - (From one of the great guitarist's business cards brought to our attention by Roly Veitch).

Joel Harrison: “It’s incredibly hard to play bebop on guitar, harder than on saxophone.” – (Jazz Times August 2015)

Sir Thomas Beecham: "Forget about the bars. Look at the phrases, please. Remember that bars are only the boxes in which the music is packed" - (Beecham Stories by Harold Atkins & Archie Newman. Robson Books, 1978).

Today Wednesday June 28

Afternoon.
Vieux Carre Jazzmen - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
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Evening.
Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. £1. 8pm.
Chris Sharkey Trio - Jazz Café. 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £5/Students free - voluntary donation.
Levee Ramblers NOJB - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:30pm. £3.00.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Playtime in Edinburgh

Jazz tourists from the Bebop Spoken Here constituency looking to pop over the border to Edinburgh for live music have another attraction to tempt them. The Playtime sessions began a regular Thursday series of adventures in new music at the Outhouse on March 22 and the response suggests that the team of musicians behind these informal presentations have found a winning recipe.
The ‘house band’ comprises four well-known players on the Scottish jazz scene – saxophonist Martin Kershaw, guitarist Graeme Stephen, bassist Mario Caribe and drummer Tom Bancroft – who are all familiar to Tyneside jazz audiences. Each musician brought new compositions to the first session, creating a variety of styles and moods from the pastoral to the funky, from romantic to free, urgent and swinging, and in the weeks ahead there will be chances to hear these new pieces again as well as more ‘world premieres’ and projects including Stephen’s soundtrack to the silent horror classic Nosferatu, which will be screened in situ.
In the Outhouse’s loft the musicians have a sympathetic venue with a warm atmosphere conducive to listening to their adventures. Situated in Broughton Street Lane, off the popular eating and drinking Broughton Street thoroughfare, the Outhouse is a ten-minute walk from Waverley Station and handy for bus links to the popular accommodation centres. The Outhouse also has a jazz history, with Barbara Morrison and Lillian Boutté among those who have staged performances there during the annual Fringe festival. All in all, it’s well worth the trip. For further information log onto www.playtime-music.com 
Rob Adams.
PS: Next one tonight! (8pm.)

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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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