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Bebop Spoken There

Alan Luff: “The general view is that Ella’s songbook recordings are the supreme exemplars of sophistication, fine diction and creative voice in the wide field of popular music.” – (Jazz Journal May 2017).

Steve Voce: “Most of us have been crashed into by cretins who walk along the road absorbed in the screens of their mobile phones.” – (Jazz Journal May 2017).

Today Wednesday May 24

Afternoon.
Vieux Carre Jazzmen - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
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Evening.
Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. £1. 8pm.
Levee Ramblers NOJB - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:30pm. £3.00.
Chris Sharkey Trio - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £5.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Improvisation Workshop: Jazz Cafe: October 14

Andy Champion (bass guitar); Wesley Stephenson (drums); Zoe Gilby (voice) and others as mentioned below.
(Review by Ann).
Yet another review written without the benefit of note-taking, but how can you take notes during an improvisation session, I ask you?  Just not the done thing. I thoroughly enjoyed this event, but I think it requires a different mindset, relaxed and open, to get the most from this sort of thing.  It started me thinking about what music is all about, and I believe there are elements of drama involved too, and the experience is visual as well.
It helps that the main organising (not really the right word) musicians mentioned above are very competent. Andy and Wes began, and were soon joined by a sax playing repeated riffs. Karen Rann on soprano sax then joined the duo, with what started off as odd notes but then developed into something bebopish.  The musical conversation flowed well, with each player listening carefully, the secret of this type of music.  The next piece was quite beautiful, with Alan Law on piano, soft gentle wispy sounds.  Zoe then joined the action, extending well beyond her usual scat, with yelps, cries, whispers, and this was the drama, a writer could construct a story from these sounds.  Or maybe others heard something different, the listener brings her/his own perceptions.  Then came the fun, in the shape of A.N. Other, who had a wonderful array of 3-stringed zither-like instruments which he’d made himself, complete with amplification.  He proceeded to play one of these as a heavy metal guitar.  He also had long penny whistles, but without the holes, works in progress.  I tried one which produced various notes according to how hard you blew. By the end of the session there were about 10 people who’d played and quite a few in the audience.  We all joined in for the last piece which was a bit of a free-for-all. I was using my coffee cup and saucer as percussion at the end and it sounded surprisingly ok.
Try it for yourself, and be prepared to join in.  Sorry about not knowing the names of everyone who played.
Ann Alex    

1 comment :

  1. wow what fun it sounds ! I never knew you were an exponent of the coffee-cup-and-saucer Ann ! :)

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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.
The idea of this blog is for you to share your thoughts and pass on your comments on discs, gigs, jazz - music in general. If you've been to a gig/concert or heard a CD that knocked you sideways please share your views with us. Tell us about your favourites, your memories, your dislikes.
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.)
Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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