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Bebop Spoken There

Michael Feinstein: “Fred Astaire is my favorite singer. To me, he was the perfect interpreter of American popular song.” – (Jazz Times December 2014).

Bud Shank: “Once I saw California – that was it, I stayed.” – (Jazz Journal May 1991)

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Today Sunday February 26.

Afternoon.
Mark Williams (solo guitar) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 12:30pm. Free.
More Jam - Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 3pm. Free.
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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.
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Evening
Maine St. Jazzmen - Seaton Sluice Social Club, Collywell Bay Rd., Seaton Sluice NE26 4QZ. 8pm. £4.
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Shaun Henderson Band - Quakerhouse, Mechanics Yard, Darlington. 6pm. £5.
Jazz Jam - Empty Shop, 35c Framwellgate Bridge, Durham DH1 4SY. 7:30pm. Free.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

The WEA and all that Jazz

Remember when Lance read about jazz at the WEA (Workers’ Educational Association) in a brochure that he found on a bus?  Well he wasn’t imagining it, the WEA is putting on 2 jazz courses, starting on Thursday October 30, and running weekly for 7 weeks.  From 1-3pm there is a class called An Improvisation For Musicians. This is a universal approach suitable for any style, blues, rock, classical as well as jazz.  You need some facility with your instrument and a basic knowledge of chords, but you don’t need advanced music theory.
This takes place at the Unitarian Church Ellison Place, in the centre of Newcastle.  The tutor is no less than Steve Glendinning, ace jazz guitarist, well known in the local jazz world. (cost £40 or free to those on benefits).
The other 7 week course is the same day, same place, same price, but it is at the following time of 3-5pm.  This is Jazz Appreciation, tracing the development of jazz from its roots, and you don’t even need any previous knowledge of music, or to be a musician.  Sounds good to me!
To enrol for both or either course, see www.wea.org.uk or telephone the WEA office on 0191 2126100. 

1 comment :

  1. I remember the WMA (Workers Music Association) courses at Wortley Hall, Sheffield, in the 60's. My brother taught the Concert Band and there were other sections for BrassBand, Orchestra, Folk, Choirs anj 2 Jazz courses. The "beginners" was run by Owen Bryce and the "improves" by Eddie Harvey. Since they fell out when both played in George Webb's Dixielaners, and Eddie was excommunicated for modernist tendencies, it was quite amusing to watch the interplay.

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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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