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Bebop Spoken There

Artie Shaw: “I'm not interested in giving people what they want--I'm interested in making music.” – (DownBeat October 15, 1939).

Jason Marsalis: “There's so many places that this music can go and there's a lot yet to be discovered.'” – (DownBeat April 2018)

Today Sunday March 18


Musicians Unlimited - Park Inn, Park Road, Hartlepool TS26 9HU. Tel: 01429 233126. 12 noon. Free.

Jason Isaacs & the Ambassadors of Swing - Hoochie Coochie, Pilgrim Street, Newcastle NE1 6SF. Tel: 0191 222 0130. 5:30pm (doors 4:00pm). £16.00.

Revolutionaires - Tyne Bar, Maling St, Newcastle NE6 1LP. 3pm. Free.

Somethin’ Blue - Vesuvio, 3a Houndgate, Darlington DL1 5RL. 5:00pm. Tel: 01325 788564. Matt Case (saxophone) & Mike Hepple (guitar).


POSTPONED DUE TO WEATHER! Zoë Gilby Quartet - Black Bull, Bridge Street, Blaydon NE21 4JJ. 8:00pm. £5.00. Rescheduled August 19.

Alter Ego - The Globe, 11 Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £5.00.

Bradley Johnston - The Fire Station, High Street West, Sunderland SR1 3DT. Tel: 0191 594 7241. 6:00pm. Free. New weekly residency.

Gypsy Dave Smith - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

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

Sunday, March 01, 2015

Redemption Jazz @ The Globe, Newcastle. Feb. 28

John Hall (ten); Jim Hall (pno); Keith Tulip (6 string bs gtr); Martin Wake (dms).
(Review by Lance).
Wham! Bang! Thank You Mam! The powerhouse that is Redemption Jazz take no prisoners - musical aggression is their forte, triple forte to be precise. They deal out excitement by the truckload and it is a rare bird who isn't carried along in the juggernaut's slipstream.
John Hall (not to be confused with his titled namesake) plays fast and furious, his body language that of a slugger, ducking and weaving as though controlled by some invisible strings, preparatory to landing the knockout blow - why play one note when ten will do? 
Jim Hall (not to be confused with his guitarist namesake who was active in spirit, if not in body, less than a mile away*) impressed in  a somewhat more restrained fashion, Keith Tulip made good use of all six strings and Martin Wake dazzled with intricate percussive patterns.
Mainly self penned compositions, including one dedicated to a local blogger, plus pieces by Coltrane and Corea  made for an evening of Jazz Rock, Fusion, Contemporary, call it what you may but do call again!
In the downstairs bar there was a headbanging band on stage and, for once, the contrast between the two floors wasn't as pronounced as usual!
* Over at the Jazz Café, Roly Veitch was playing a Jim Hall Model Sadowsky guitar.

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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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