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Bebop Spoken There

Howard Riley: “When I started out playing jazz back in the late 50s, early 60s, if you wanted a gig you had to learn some standards.” – (Jazz Journal April 2017)

Eric Harland: “I love swing and I’m always going to swing but I also know that you can take a hip-hop groove and improvise with that just like you would with a swing pattern.” – (Jazz Journal April 2017)

Today Sunday April 30

All Day.
Darlington Jazz Festival - details.
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International Jazz Day - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. From 2pm 'til late. Free - details.
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Strictly Smokin' Small Band - Gateshead Beer and Music Festival - Gateshead RFC, Eastwood Gdns., Low Fell NE9 5UB. £12 admission to beer festival. Band play 1:45pm - 2:35pm.
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Afternoon.
Joel Byrne McCullough - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 12:30pm. Free.
Blues @ The Bay - Tanner Smith's 17-19 South Parade, Whitley Bay NE26 2RE, 0191 2525941. 4pm. Free. Blues jam w. Scott Wall & Charlie Philp.
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Musicians Unlimited - Park Hotel, Park Rd., Hartlepool TS26 9HU. 01249 233126.1pm. Free.
Evening
Nick Ross Orchestra (Glenn Miller) - Forum Theatre, Queensway, Billingham. 7:30pm. £22 (£20.50 conc.).
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

CD Review: Minimal Klezmer - OY OIOI

Francesco Socal (clts); Roberto Durante (pno/mel/objects); Martin Teshome (cello).
(Review by Lance).
My knowledge of Klezmer music could be written in two words with the latter word being "all". Now, such are the all encompassing  tentacles of this music we call jazz, with the landing of this disc on my doormat, I'm expected to be an expert on yet another of the jazz fringes! 
In actual fact, Klezmer is probably less of a fringer than so much contemporary improv is!
Maybe I've been softened up by hearing a local band, The Baghdaddies, who perform a tangent of this music to perfection, so my initial reluctance is somewhat tempered and, in truth, upon repeated hearings I love it!
The rhythms are pulsating, a cross between Hungarian Csárdás and Hot Club Swing, and I defy anyone not to dance around the room to these infectious tracks. 
Bei Mir Bist Du Schon was a big favourite during the swing era but neither Benny Goodman, The Andrews Sisters nor any of the others who had hit records with the tune laid down a version like this - amazing!
I'm still not sure it's jazz but who cares about names? this is joyous, danceable, improvised music.
Minimal Klezmer's OY OIOI is available from Janus Sounds Limited.
Lance.

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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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