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Bebop Spoken There

Danny Gatton: "I was tired of playing in beer joints. I wanted to do something tangible like building cars. But once you do music it gets into your blood. You can get away from it for awhile but sooner or later it comes back to you." - (Down Beat April 1991).

Tal Farlow: "There were times when I would stop [playing guitar] and do sign painting." - (Downbeat December 5, 1963)

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Today Thursday August 24

Radio
Proms 2017, Radio 3: A Celebration of the life and music of Charles Mingus w. Jules Buckley & the Metropole Orkest f. Shabaka Hutchings; Christian Scott; Kandace Springs. 7:30pm.
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Afternoon
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Rd., nr. Newcastle NE27 0DA. 1:oopm. Free.
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Evening.
Maine Street Jazzmen - Potter's Wheel, Sunniside NE16 5EE. 8:30pm. Free.
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Jazz & Tapas w. Pocket Jazz Orchestra - No 60 ARC, Dovecote St., Stockton TS18 1LL. 7pm. £10.
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Ray Dales w. James Harrison Trio - Dormans, Oxford Rd., Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Free. 9pm. Guest band night.
New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton TS18 4AW. 8:30pm.01642 678129.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Monday, April 07, 2014

GIJF – Day Two. Marius Neset & Daniel Herskedal. April 5.

Marius Neset (tenor & soprano saxophones) & Daniel Herskedal (tuba)
(Review by Russell).
Two years ago Marius Neset was the hot ticket at the Gateshead International Jazz Festival. The Norwegian’s performance that day polarised opinion – unreservedly brilliant (the audience response ecstatic), others unmoved. At this year’s festival at Sage Gateshead Neset returned to work with tuba player Daniel Herskedal. The duo opened the show for the Spring Quartet.
Two figures on the vast stage in Hall One – Herskedal obscured from view behind a gleaming coil of brass plumbing – focused the attention. Neset, lean, agile, revealed another side to his playing. The firebrand of two years ago now subdued, the context very different; rhythm section absent, a vulnerable musical partner alongside. The opening number, a gentle Norwegian folk song, heard Neset fleet of finger on tenor, mindful of melody, conscious of Herskedal’s feather weight sound. The duo’s original compositions (Neset switching between tenor and soprano) were heard, so too other Nordic melodies and a folk tune from another continent – from the African jazz great Abdullah Ibrahim. Post performance opinion divided. Praise for Herskedal universal, Neset an acquired taste. The reeds man seemingly cannot win – firebrand showman or the considered filigree statement – that’s jazz. Neset’s Hall One appearance is sure to have won him a host of new fans, his duo with Herskedal sure to be an enduring partnership. Next time, which Neset will turn up? We shall see.      
Russell.    

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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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