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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.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Join in and make music at Sage Gateshead

(Press release)
Sage Gateshead’s music making and learning programme invites you to join in and make music with them – the Autumn term starts Monday 22 September and with more activities on offer than ever before, you’re sure to find something that’s right for you.
The Adult Programme provides a range of vocal and instrumental classes, whether you’re starting from scratch or reigniting your passion for singing or playing.
New for the 2014/15 Adult Programme - the Harmonize choir is the perfect introduction to music from around the world, discover jazz, pop and gospel music with Old Town Voices or join the Adult Rock Band and explore rock, pop and soul through the decades from 50s rock ‘n’ roll to modern pop hits.
Programme favourite, In the Groove, is for aspiring rock and pop singers - learn fun and funky arrangements of well known pop, rock and chart classics and even perform with visiting artists at Sage Gateshead throughout the year.
If you prefer folk music, then Folkworks Tuesday is the perfect place to start or to develop your vocal, instrumental, and percussive dance skills. All classes take place on Tuesday evening and create a welcoming community of folk musicians of all ability levels. There are a range of new folk classes for 2014/15 including the Folk Choir which features guest tuition from Eliza Carthy.
The Silver Programme provides a range of vocal and instrumental classes for people over 50 in a relaxed, friendly and supportive environment. Whether you’re an absolute beginner or an experienced player it’s a brilliant way to meet great people and make great music. 
Whether you’re interested in singing classic and contemporary rock & pop songs, blues, jazz & gospel music or Broadway classics, there are a range of singing classes to choose from. There are also informal singing groups taking place throughout the region, as well as at Sage Gateshead, and with no experience necessary this is a good starting point if you’re not sure which singing style is for you.
For instrumentalists, why not join the Silver Skiffle Band  - a traditional skiffle band playing 20s-30s blues plus American and English folk songs, or learn basic mandolin, banjo and ukulele skills in roots/folk bandBeginner Bluegrass or even join a Mandolin Orchestra.
New for the 2014/15 Silver Programme - join the Classic Rock group and be part of a rock and pop band covering classic songs; Or join the Silver Sax group and gain experience of playing saxophone with others.
Susanna Wolfe, Head of Lifelong Learning at Sage Gateshead said: Whether you want to sing or play an instrument, whether you’re an experienced musician or an absolute beginner, there’s something for everyone at Sage Gateshead
Autumn term begins Monday 22 September. For a full list of classes please visit Classes take place at Sage Gateshead and Gateshead Old Town Hall. Silver Singers take places in various locations in the region. Classes can be booked in person at Sage Gateshead, by phone on 0191 443 4661 or online at

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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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