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Bebop Spoken There

Howard Riley: “When I started out playing jazz back in the late 50s, early 60s, if you wanted a gig you had to learn some standards.” – (Jazz Journal April 2017)

Eric Harland: “I love swing and I’m always going to swing but I also know that you can take a hip-hop groove and improvise with that just like you would with a swing pattern.” – (Jazz Journal April 2017)

Today Saturday April 29

Afternoon

1pm: Dean Stockdale Trio. 2:30pm: Abbie Finn Quartet 4pm: Rick Laughlin Trio - Quakerhouse, Mechanics’ Yard, Darlington DL3 7QF. 01325 245052. 1:00-5:00pm. Free (donations).

Evening

Dave O’Higgins with Durham Alumni Big Band - Majestic Theatre, Bondgate, Darlington DL3 7JT. Support set by Durham County Youth Big Band (7:15pm). £12.00. (+ concs).

Late night jam session - Quakerhouse, Mechanics’ Yard, Darlington DL3 7QF. 01325 245052.10:30pm. Free.

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Ruby Turner - Alnwick Playhouse. 7:30pm. £21.00. & £20.00.

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Fever & Friends - Customs House, Mill Dam, South Shields NE333 3NG. 7:30pm. £12.00. 0191 454234.

Bradley Johnston (solo guitar) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 7:30pm. No cover charge.

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

Friday, February 13, 2015

Mini-Workshop with Zoe Rahman @ Newcastle University - Feb. 12

(Review/photo by Ken Drew).
Prior to the evening concert,  an afternoon mini-workshop proved to be an insightful session aimed mainly at students but also attracting a much wider audience. After the briefest of intros which included some personal background, Zoe launched into a fiery 5 minutes solo to get everyone’s attention, and in the process, revealed 3 sticky notes at the top end of the Bechstein.
Not withstanding, all the participants were brought in to tap/hum/sing/whatever/ the basic riff aand harmony of the complex solo we’d heard. Many brought their own instruments which brought the jamming element of the workshop to life!   And a lucky few enjoyed a brief spell jamming with Zoe – young performers in the making and feeling inspired.  Listening is essential when improvising,  hence we were told to close our eyes and imagine what we would play (yes it makes a big difference!). Once a simple rhythm was established Zoe pointed to each of us in turn to contribute a bar of ‘something / anything’ – ‘jazz hands’  being my forte.  Throughout the session there were many of Zoe’s thoughts on approaching and performing improvisation which were very insightful.  All in all, a hugely enjoyable session in the company of a maestro.
Ken D.

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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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