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Bebop Spoken There

Jackie McLean: “I can't understand British audiences. In Britain there doesn't seem to be any curiosity." (Melody Maker, April 1, 1961).

Charles Mingus: "It seems to me that if our records were not issued in Britain, the British cats would have to think for themselves" (Jazz News, July 26th 1961)

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Today Saturday July 22

Afternoon
SummerTyne Americana Festival 2017 - Sage Gateshead. Day two of three. Details. From 12 noon all day.
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Evening
Steve Glendinning (solo guitar) - Cherry Tree, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 2AE. 7:30pm. No cover charge.
The Hookahs - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.
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Big Chris Barber Band - Alnwick Playhouse. 7:30pm. £21.50/£20.50.
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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: Recorded music from the Concourse and Other Matters

(By Ann Alex)
This was a most unusual GIJF as, for me, it didn’t begin until 2pm on Saturday with my first taste of performing free form jazz during the Pink Lane Jazz Coop workshop. An experience, terrifying but quite exciting.  But it needs to be done, not written about, so more of that later, in the review of the Roby Glod Trio.
A much underrated aspect of the GIJF is the recorded music played between concourse performances. Most people hear this only as background but I found that it’s worth more attention. I listened on Saturday evening as I did a stint at the Pink Lane Coop desk, encouraging people to buy shares towards the purchase of the Globe pub.  (Have you got yours yet?)  Most people were in Hall One with The Spring Quartet, while I was listening to mellow jazz piano with bass, an almost classical feel to the music.  The piano part wouldn’t have been out of place in a Romantic style early 20th century piano concerto. Then came a piece with Balinese cymbals and drums, overlaid with voices singing a riff and an insistent background beat, cut across by an electronic sound. After a break, we were back to more standard jazz, a smooth trumpet playing Paper Moon, followed by a catchy tune from piano, bass and trumpet, then the same instruments telling us it was ‘a lovely way to spend an evening.’  Some fast bebopish piano, then the chords of a double bass being tuned, back to the unmistakeable sounds of live music.  All this while chatting to people about the Coop, and helping a passing child to make a dice out of a square of paper.
I had wanted to see Courtney Pine (Saturday,10.30pm ,Hall Two) and also Glassonic (Friday, 10.45pm, NRFH) but both performances were too late for those of us who rely on public transport to get home. Programming must be tricky for such an event as GIJF, but I hope the Sage organisers will take note and remedy this sort of problem next year.  My only gripe.
Ann Alex

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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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