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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 Saturday March 17


Rat Pack - Live from Las Vegas @ Sunderland Empire, High St West, Sunderland SR1 3EX. 2:30pm. Featuring Rat Pack Big Band & Burrelli Sisters.


KOAN 7 - the Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:00pm. £5.00. (£4.00. concs). ‘Form and Space’ ‘An evening of free improvisation and original composition’. Line-up includes John Pope (solo improvised set).

Rat Pack - Live from Las Vegas @ Sunderland Empire, High St West, Sunderland SR1 3EX. 7:30pm. Featuring Rat Pack Big Band & Burrelli Sisters.

Boys of Brass - Brandling Villa, Haddricks Mill Road, South Gosforth, Newcastle NE3 1QL. 9:00pm. Free.

Ben Cipolla - Great Broughton Village Hall, Ingleby Road, Great Broughton, Cleveland TS9 7ER. 7:30pm. Tickets: £12.50 from 01642 712176.

Gilded Thieves - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

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st of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Book Review: Bebop Babies - Edward Allan Faine & Kristina Leahy Celich

This is a strange, 22 page, board book aimed at very young children. I personally think it's quite magnificent although I'm not sure what the children will make of it.
The subject matter ie Bird, Dizzy, Monk, Klook etc, are unlikely to mean much to the kids and, probably little more to all but the most jazz-enlightened of parents or teachers. Having said that, would I be expressing the same reservations had the "babies" been Beethoven, Bach, Handel or Mozart? I suppose not.
Whatever, Edward Allan Faine has to be commended for the presentation and the illustrations by Kristina Leahy Celich are first class.
To see more examples and further information visit - - after all us bopsters, young and old have to keep the flag flying.
Author Faine, who published his first, in his own words, jazz book for grown-ups, last year - Ellington at the White House 1969 - is publishing a follow up in January 2015 - The Best Gig in Town: Jazz at the White House 1969-1974. Maybe some day we'll get The Worst Gig in Town: Jazz at 10 Downing Street!

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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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