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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.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Djangologie @ The Lit & Phil. September 12

Mick Shoulder (contrabasse), Emma Fisk (violon), James Birkett (guitare) & Giles Strong (guitare rythmique)
(Review by Russell).
Monsieur M.Shoulder ‘Sur contrabasse et les announces inutiles.’ So said the programme notes written by the man himself. Francophile Djangologist Mick Shoulder is getting into all things Django in a big way. Impenetrable notes, incomprehensible announcements (in pigeon French), whatever next…berets? Come to think of it, a beret-wearing fan took his seat in a packed-out Lit and Phil, no doubt leaving his bicycle outside, onions drying out under a strong September sun.
The man Django kick-started the one hour set in the salon-setting of the Loftus Room as Minor Swing proved a major hit. James Birkett took the opening solo to huge applause and at the tune’s conclusion the decibel count went off the scale. So much so it prompted Shoulder to advise everyone to calm down as there was one hour’s worth of this stuff! An original Shoulder composition – Blues for DR – began with a lazy swing feel (a vocalist could have stepped-up) until the quartet switched gear with yet more dazzling playing. A second Django number (one of only two in the programme) , the classic Swing 39, made this a gig to die for. Ma Premiere Guitare (comp. Brousolle and Distel) followed, as did the old warhorse China Boy. Monsieur Shoulder’s Cigano Bolero heard master rhythm maker Giles Strong at his best and a new one from the bandleader – Silapa Swing – is sure to take its place as a regular in the pad.
Is Mademoiselle Emma Fisk the best Hot Club violinist on the planet? You bet she is! If there is anyone better I’ll give you a fiver of LL’s money. Dark Eyes is one helluva way to end a gig and Djangologie know how to go out on a high. They flew so high – soloists and ensemble. Monsieur Birkett played the impossible and Mademoiselle Fisk kept LL’s fiver safe. Grab your beret and head down to the Globe on Railway Street in Newcastle’s West End on Saturday 4th October to hear the band again. £9.00. admission and as a bonus you get a Lindy jazz dance set from those who can dance (as opposed to those who think they can but can’t). Très bon!          
AND THEY’RE AT THE CHERRY TREE TONIGHT! (Monday Sept. 15) Allez Vite! 
Russell.

1 comment :

  1. Great comments and a great band.

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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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