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Bebop Spoken There

Dave Gelly: “From 1 January 1920, when prohibition was imposed in the US, people didn’t stop drinking, they just stopped drinking legally.” – (Jazz Journal October 2017).

Regina Carter: “When I was a teenager, I would daydream about going out on a date and dancing to Ella’s music.” (Down Beat October 2017).

Today Tuesday November 21

Afternoon

Classic Swing - The Ship, Front St., Monkseaton NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free. New weekly mainstream session. 2 mins from Monkseaton metro.
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Evening

Jam session - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 0191 222 9882. 8:00pm Free. Session led by Mark Williams.

Omar Sosa + Seckou Keita - Sage Gateshead, St Mary’s Square, Gateshead NE8 2JR. 0191 443 4666. 8:00pm. £21.80. Sage Two.

Gypsy Jazz Jam - Prohibition Bar, Arch 3, Brandling Street, Gateshead NE8 2BA. Doors 7:00pm. Free. ‘No audience as such – everyone is a player/musician or a gypsy!’

Charles Gordon - Vermont Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle NE1 1RQ. 0191 233 1010. 10:00pm. Free.

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

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Improvisers Workshop @ Jazz Café - February 10

Andy Champion (bass); Wes Stephenson (drums); Alan Law (keys); Jeff Smith and 2 others (saxes); Simon Stephenson (guitar); Rees ? (Welsh poet); ? (trumpet); Zoe Gilby, Ann Alexander, Julie ? (vocals) - Apologies to people I’ve missed out or misnamed
(Review by Ann Alex).
The atmosphere in the upstairs room is quite different from that downstairs.  Downstairs is light and minimalist but upstairs is dark, spacious, with a partly curtained central area, suitable both for romantic meetings or something more edgy, depending on your mood.  And this entertaining session provided both types of music. 
I entered to banging drums and much sound which later changed to Andy bowing the bass as if it was a giant cello, a very pleasing sound.  Andy organised various groups of players during the first half, including Zoe doing uninhibited vocalisation together with himself hitting the bass with hammers; then Julie performing whispering types of sounds with Alan playing lyrically on keys.  It’s all to do with listening and responding to the others, and sometimes having the courage to change the direction of the music.
For the second half we were placed in duos of like instruments and this produced interesting and sometimes beautiful sounds, especially from the keys and, surprisingly, a lovely bell- like tone from the drummer.  Interest was added by Rees who passionately recited (in Welsh I think) to musical accompaniment. We female vocalists were a threesome, with sounds and words, something about gardens and the devil.  The listeners seemed to enjoy it anyway.
The proceedings were rounded off with everyone in for a free for all, but with rules about not playing at the same time as your partner.
Then we all went home to normal life, but perhaps having been made to consider what music actually is, and how did it all start anyway? 
Ann Alex    

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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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