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Bebop Spoken There

Grant Green Jr.: "One thing that most people--especially jazz cats--don't realise is that all of your jazz standards were once pop standards" - DownBeat July 2018).

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Bobby Sanabria: "Tito Puente was not a very tall man, but when he played the timbales he was a giant among men." - DownBeat July 2018).

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Today Sunday June 17

Afternoon

Musicians Unlimited - Park Inn, Park Road, Hartlepool TS26 9HU. Tel: 01429 233126. 1pm. Free.

Get in the Band rehearsal - Sage Gateshead, St Mary’s Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR. Tel: 0191 443 4666. 10:00am-6:00pm. First of two rehearsals under the direction of Chris Sharkey (second rehearsal Thurs 21 June, 6:00-10.00.pm) culminating in three performances in a day on Sat 23 June - 1) Great North Museum (Hancock Museum), 2) Central Station, 3) Sage Gateshead. Times TBC. Free but ticketed.

Big Gig in the Park: Durham Music Service Ensembles - South Park, Parkside, Darlington DL1 5TG. 12 noon.

Alice Grace & Ben Helm - Bonbar, Fenkle Street, Newcastle NE1 5XU. 1:30pm. Diners’ gig.

Somethin’ Blue - Vesuvio, 3a Houndgate, Darlington DL1 5RL. 5:00pm. Tel: 01325 788564. Matt Case (saxophone) & Mike Hepple (guitar).

Sour Mash Trio - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 3:00pm. Free.

Evening

Mark Williams & Joel Byrne-McCullough - Black Bull, Bridge Street, Blaydon NE21 4JJ. 8:00pm. £5.00.

Jazz Jam - Head of Steam, Reform Place, Durham DH1 4RZ. 7:30pm. Free. Durham University Jazz Society. Last one before the Summer recess.

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

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Improvisation & Ear Training Workshop @ The Lit & Phil. June 30

(Investigative Journalism…)
A clarinet, an alto or three, tenor, whistle and voice, the range of instrumentalists in attendance at Paul Edis’ latest workshop session at the Lit & Phil, Newcastle. A note book (a scrap of paper) and pen (purloined from Paddy Power), yes, this is Gumshoe Bebop filing copy to Bebop Spoken Here’s news desk. What the Head Honcho (LL)   will make of it is anyone’s guess.
Determined to get to the bottom of this ‘ear training’ business, BSH’s gumshoe wasn’t going to take any nonsense from anyone. Taking a look at their mugshots, yes, you’ve guessed it…it was the usual suspects. Dr Edis entered the room carrying an unfamiliar instrument case. The guy’s a piano player, right? What’s the matter with the piano? He plays the piano, right? So, what’s going on? Nothing gets by Gumshoe Bebop. An alto. Are you kidding? You’re a piano player, no fooling. It was an alto saxophone. Nothing gets by Gumshoe Bebop…the alto player was stuck in traffic.
Tonight said Edis, we’ll look at ‘rhythm and meter’ (slow down, ‘rhythm’ takes a bit of spelling). A metronome ticked and tocked, not a real metronome, you understand, but a WyeiPhone, ticking and tocking. A lot of clapping started, some clapping in their own time. Things were subdivided into three semi quavers, Handel’s Passacaglia intervened and it didn’t help matters when there was talk of 12/8 and 9/8, triplets and a rhythmic pattern, the hemiola. For further reading turn to Wikipedia. A student wielding a liquorice  stick gave it a go. Some time later the student stopped saying: Is that wrong? No, it’s far too good! Edis was impressed.              
More talk of beat displacement, the Dorian mode and a blues scale. The students were making notes, extensive notes. Hey! Free pens at Paddy Power. Gumshoe Bebop was about to ask the wise guy at the front where the sax player was when the piano player – can you believe it, the piano player! – blew the alto. Some things just ain’t fair. It was almost time to hit the street, the janitor wanted to lock up and head over to the joint across the road, grab a beer and watch the football.
This improvisation lark is a funny business. As for training your ear, it don’t come easy.  All this ‘one, two, three’ business, crotchets and quavers…you gotta have a degree in Applied Mathematics!
Gumshoe Bebop

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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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