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Bebop Spoken There

Jackie McLean: “I can't understand British audiences. In Britain there doesn't seem to be any curiosity." (Melody Maker, April 1, 1961).

Charles Mingus: "It seems to me that if our records were not issued in Britain, the British cats would have to think for themselves" (Jazz News, July 26th 1961)

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Today Wednesday July 26

Afternoon
Vieux Carre Jazzmen - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
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Evening.
Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. £1. 8pm.
Jo Harrop & Joel Byrne McCullough - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 2AE. 7:30pm. No cover charge. 7:30pm. 0191 2399924
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Three Days and Counting to the Big Band Event of the Year!

(Preview by Russell)
Friday evening (March 6) sees the launch of the twelfth annual Great North Big Band Jazz Festival at Sunderland University Student Union. The three day event is staged at North Shore on Charles Street near the National Glass Centre. Big bands travel from all four corners of the UK to engage in friendly, but intense, competition. The standard of musicianship is extremely high across the board – schools, youth and senior sections.
Friday evening features the adjudicators and tutors’ house band – Mick Donnelly (tenor) and Paul Jones (alto) working with pianist Stuart Collingwood, bassist Neil Harland and  Adrian Tilbrook (drums) in a one-set performance. Their audience will include many of the north east’s most promising young musicians. Once the big boys have had a blow it will be over to the Young Turks to show what they can do following many months keen rehearsal sessions under the baton of festival director Bill Watson.    
Saturday and Sunday (March 7 & 8) require stamina. Festival organisers and a battalion of unpaid helpers will get little sleep over the weekend. Festival goers have it easy. Turn up, take a seat and listen hour after hour to top class big bands. The North Shore catering and bar staff will happily serve you with a pint of beer, a glass of wine (tea or coffee for the tee-total) and the staples of any self-respecting student establishment – curry, chips, chilli con carne, chips, burger and chips and, just in case you fancy some, chips!
Car parking is available. Better still, take the Metro to St Peter’s, walk through the underpass and head downriver. North Shore, on the Sir Tom Cowie Campus, is approximately five minutes’ walk. Admission is £8.00.. Make a day of it, the Great North Big Band Jazz Festival is one of the events of the year.        
Russell.

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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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