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Bebop Spoken There

Artie Shaw: “I'm not interested in giving people what they want--I'm interested in making music.” – (DownBeat October 15, 1939).

Jason Marsalis: “There's so many places that this music can go and there's a lot yet to be discovered.'” – (DownBeat April 2018)

Today Sunday March 18


Musicians Unlimited - Park Inn, Park Road, Hartlepool TS26 9HU. Tel: 01429 233126. 12 noon. Free.

Jason Isaacs & the Ambassadors of Swing - Hoochie Coochie, Pilgrim Street, Newcastle NE1 6SF. Tel: 0191 222 0130. 5:30pm (doors 4:00pm). £16.00.

Revolutionaires - Tyne Bar, Maling St, Newcastle NE6 1LP. 3pm. Free.

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


POSTPONED DUE TO WEATHER! Zoë Gilby Quartet - Black Bull, Bridge Street, Blaydon NE21 4JJ. 8:00pm. £5.00. Rescheduled August 19.

Alter Ego - The Globe, 11 Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £5.00.

Bradley Johnston - The Fire Station, High Street West, Sunderland SR1 3DT. Tel: 0191 594 7241. 6:00pm. Free. New weekly residency.

Gypsy Dave Smith - 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.

Sunday, August 03, 2014

Zoe Gilby and Mark Williams : Jazz Cafe: Saturday August 2

Zoe Gilby (voice); Mark Williams (guitar).
(Review by Ann).
This was billed in the Jazz Café leaflet as a different take on the Great American Songbook and it more than lived up to its description from the very first song, Don’t Get Around Much Any More right through to the last, a stomping blues, with a special appearance by Pete Gilligan on the house piano .In between we were treated to standards played as skilfully and entertainingly as we've come to expect from this hugely talented duo.

The songs flowed, the slow ballad, Good Morning Heartache; What Is This Thing Called Love, (as explained by Zoe, a spritely version with scat and a neat fast solo from Mark); God Bless The Child ( Zoe discussed what this song could actually mean, other answers on a postcard please).  There were songs less familiar, to me at any rate, Porter’s I Love You; and also It Never Entered My MindThat Old Black Magic was a gem, starting unaccompanied, then came some racy guitar playing - an upper tune and a bassline both at once, then sharp staccato jabs.
 The second half opened with a heartfelt Love For Sale, followed by Angel Eyes; Do It Again; Autumn Serenade; Black Coffee with a slinky solo.  Then came one of my favourites of the night, Secret Love, done firstly in the style of Doris Day, then a la Carmen McRae, the latter version showing imaginative humour, making me wish I’d seen McRae for myself.
Plenty of chances for Mark to strut his soloing skills and Zoe to do her very varied scat and, as I said, all rounded off with Pete, giving us a short sample of the sound of a speakeasy.  Great stuff.
Go to the Jazz Cafe to hear Zoe in 2 weeks time, on Friday August 15 for more Gasbook and original songs as well.
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.
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