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Bebop Spoken There

Oscar Peterson: "I find most pianists use too many notes in a chord. They double up an awful lot" - (Crescendo May 1963).

Benny Green (British): "...there was a whole race of men who used to stand in front of their bands, waving their arms, pretending to conduct ... Many of the bandleaders we had worked for had been either crooks or imposters ... " - (Crescendo March 1963).

Today Saturday September 22

Afternoon

Festival of Thrift - Kirkleatham, Redcar, Cleveland TS10 5NW. 10:00am. Line-up

Evening

Emma Fisk & James Birkett - St Cuthbert’s Church, 5 Woodside, Shadforth, Co. Durham DH6 1LD. 7:30pm £10.00 (u16 free) includes finger buffet, BYOB.

Ruby Turner - ARC, Dovecot Street, Stockton on Tees TS18 1LL. Tel: 01642 525199. 8:00pm. £20.00. + £2.00. b/f.

The Hookahs - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

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

Friday, June 06, 2014

Mercedes Menz in Top Gear @ ICMuS Preview. June 5

Musicians from the International Centre for Music Studies (aka the music department) at Newcastle University took advantage of a glorious summer’s day to promote next week’s ICMuS Summer Music Festival with a series of performances on an outdoor stage set up outside Armstrong Building (conveniently next to the bar in the Students’ Union).
An ad hoc jazz quintet – Mercedes Menz – assembled under an awning to escape a baking sun, a pleasant change to sheltering from the rain! Led by a final year soon-to-graduate reeds player by the name of Mercedes Philips, the ensemble name couldn’t be more appropriate! Her all-male band mates (keyboards, guitar, double bass and drums) study across the spectrum – classical, folk, jazz – and with the stress of exams behind them they played without a care in the world. Oh, to be a student!
The ICMuS Summer Festival runs from June 9-13. All performances are in King’s Hall with free admission to lunchtime sessions (1:00 pm). Admission to evening concerts (7:30 pm) will be by payment at the door.
For further information visit www.icmusmusicfestival.co.uk  
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.
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