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Dewey Redman: "When Trane came to Bop City in San Francisco and told me he liked the way I played, I stayed high off that forever." - (Downbeat June 1980.)

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Nick Brignola: “I got to talk to John Coltrane before he was John Coltrane!” – (Jazz Journal April 1991)

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Today Monday January 16

Afternoon.
Jazz in the Afternoon - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
Evening.
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Thursday, March 12, 2015

Improvisers’ Workshop: Jazz Cafe: Tuesday March 10

Andy Champion (bass); Wes Stephenson and Another (drums); Alan Laws and Another (keys); Stewart Finden, Fiona Finden, Karen Rann and Two Others (saxes); Two Others (guitars);  Another (Flute); Zoe Gilby, Julie Allen, Ann Alex (vocals).
(Review by Ann Alex).
I must apologise to anyone whose name I didn’t know or who hasn’t been mentioned, but it was an improvisation workshop after all, so I think I can improvise with the names. It could be worse, I could have called you Mickey Mouse or Donald Duck. (I used to work in a certain local museum and according to the visitors’ book, those two characters came to the museum regularly!)
Once again, this workshop was very ably led by Andy Champion and a good and musically adventurous time was had by all.  Various sets of musicians performed during the first set.  For the second set, Andy let each vocalist lead a piece, choosing their own musicians.  There were quite a few listeners and one such man suggested that we should name each piece after it had been played – a good idea, and yet another way to involve everyone.
The first set included a pleasing piece on drums, bass, guitar, sax and flute, quite ethereal, no discernible pulse, ‘could be a film score’ as someone remarked. Very relaxing to listen to.  Then came Zoe and bass, guitar, drums, very uninhibited vocals, breaths, sighs, mewing cries, and then a hint of Spanish guitar, but all quiet at the end.  After a lively ‘mash’ (Andy’s description), the Findens and others came up with a more straight ahead jazz item.
The second set began with a poem which Fiona had written for International Women’s Day, accompanied by Zoe, drums, keys and bass.  Julie chose to vocalise with sax, drums and guitar, and vocalise is the word, as Julie does a skilful line in breathy, tongue-clicking, rhythmic sounds.  Yours truly dragooned keys, two guitars, flute and a spoon on the drums, for accompaniment to a little song with lots of Latin type riffs to the words ‘chick a boom’.
We ended with another mash, 12 musicians on the stage, I detected something of the sound of an extended circus type band, and it became very together, then ended quietly.
Well done to us all, we‘re back in normal life now so far as I can tell.
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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