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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.

Friday, September 12, 2014

The Collective @ Hoochie 9/11

Al Saxon (alt/fl); Tim Bloomer (gtr); Dominic Snaith (keys); Martyn Dixon (bs); Steven Barrass (dms).
(Review by Lance).
Dixon described this month's offering as "Acid Jazz" - I wasn't too sure about what he meant, me having grown up long before all these sub-divisions when jazz was either Trad or Modern or, as the Duke once put it,  Good or Bad.
Tonight was definitely in the former camp and the audience, of whom there were plenty, agreed.
I was particularly looking forward to hearing Al on sax even though the opening number featured Al on flute!
He didn't disappoint on that instrument either. Truly a master of musical metal.
Overall there were lots of repetitive phrases and tension building riffs with Dom and Tim digging in deep spurred on by MM and MD to create a groove that grabbed you by the testicular - yes they had a ball!
The most aptly titled number was Typhoon. This could have been subtitled Tornado - the storm was well and truly blown up!
Down on the floor the audience dug it almost as much as the 2 for 1 cocktails. Some even danced. It's good that so many young players today can hold their own in any company.
Catch them again next month (second Thursday - October 9).

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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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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.)
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