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Bebop Spoken There

Piers Paul Read: "Bruce Reynolds and Biggs shared an interest in Sex, Jazz and Hemingway." - (The Train Robbers by Piers Paul Read, Coronet Books 1979.)

George Shearing: "Speaking about Johann Sebastian Bach I think he'd be a real jazzer if he were alive today. I mean any man who has two wives, twenty kids, gets kicked out of the church for being too harmonically radical and drinks beer can't be all wrong can he?" - (Crescendo March 1984.)

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Today Thursday July 19

Afternoon

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Road, Holystone NE27 0DA. Tel: 266 6173. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Maine St. Jazzmen - Sunniside Social Club, Holywell Lane, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5NJ. 8:30pm. Free.

Alexys de Alfaro: Guitar Dreams with Coco Vega - Prohibition Bar, Arch 3, Brandling Street, Gateshead NE8 2BA. Doors 7:00pm. A ‘jar on the bar’ gig. Guitar & percussion.

Alter Ego - St James’ & St Basil’s Church, Fenham Hall Drive, Newcastle NE4 9EJ. 7:30pm. £10.00.

Jesse Bannister Quartet - Jazz Café, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 8:00pm. £10.00. (£8.00. concs.). JNE.

Northern Monkey Brass Band - Jubilee Park, Spennymoor DL16. 6:00-9:00pm. Free. Big BRASS Bash (Durham Brass Festival).

New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees TS18 4AW. 8:30pm.

Tees Hot Club w. Donna Hewitt (alto); Josh Bentham (tenor); Dave Archbaid (keys) - Dormans Club, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Tel: 01642 823813. 9pm. Free.

Jazz Jam - Fire Station, High Street West, Sunderland SR1 3DT. Tel: 0191 594 7241. 8pm. Free.

Billy's Buskers: Plug in and Play - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 7:00pm. Free.

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

Wednesday, July 08, 2015

Mette Rasmussen and Chris Corsano @ the Lit and Phil - July 6.

Mette Rasmussen Saxophone & Chris Corsano Percussion
The Long Lonesome Go - Paul Taylor: Keyboards, Christian Alderson: Drums and Percussion, Jason Etherington: Bass
Posset – Joe Posset.
(Review by Steve H).
Jazz North East’s  ‘Women Making Music’  series was brought to a magnificent conclusion with this ninth and final gig of the season. In the atmospheric surroundings of the  Literary and Philosophical Society’s library the night swung from near disaster to absolute triumph. Rasmussen’s and Corsano’s lunchtime flight from Brussels to Newcastle had been cancelled meaning the earliest that they would arrive in Newcastle was 9:25 at night. However, rather than pull the gig, the JNE crew, at the drop of a hat or at least at the end of a phone, managed to improvise a treble bill to more than satisfy the good sized audience.
First up was Joe Posset who performed a short set of what could be described as improvised radio hammery.  A desk full of what appeared to be old style electronic devices (dictaphones, cassette players, strange boxes) were manipulated to produce a cacophony of strange interactive sounds. If you imagine 15 radios all playing concurrently but all playing at different frequencies you might get the picture.
Next up were local trio The Long Lonesome Go who produced a very fine set of improvised music - swirling keyboards, bass and percussion created a whirlpool of hypnotic and interesting sounds which at times reminded me of Miles Davis in his electronic period. Definitely a band I will be looking out for in the future.
Amazingly, the headliners'  flight landed on time and JNE’s own version of Lewis Hamilton (Bill Bream)  was despatched to chauffeur the duo to the Lit and Phil  as fast as speeding restrictions would allow him. Our Lewis may have to start looking over his shoulder because at 10:15  the triumvirate of driver and musicians had entered the building. Without time to hardly catch their breath but with time for a quick wardrobe change and set up Rasmusssen and Corsano  began to play what was to be the most wonderful finale to the Women Making Music concert series. Right from the off the dynamic duo gave as good as they got putting aside any tiredness and frustrations they must have been suffering from after their arduous journey. American Corsano produced fascinating sounds on percussion with the aid of all sorts of implements from his tool bag including a saw and an amazing homemade slide clarinet. If there is a more enjoyable sax player around at the moment than Norwegian based Danish sax player Rasmussen then I would like to hear them.  Her playing was creative ,exhilarating, exciting, fascinating and yet still sensitive. As a pairing the duo really managed to exploit the special acoustics that the library provides. After playing for almost an hour, despite their horrendous day, they were still able to indulge the audience with a much appreciated encore.   
It seems fitting at this point to thank Wes Stephenson, Paul Bream and the rest of Jazz North East for this marvellous initiative. Nine completely varied gigs showcasing the talent of contemporary female jazz performers in composition, arrangement and  performance utilizing a vast range of instruments including the 3 T’s Trombone, Trumpet and my new favourite jazz instrument  the Theremin. The size of the audiences for these gigs seems to a have been well above the average for this genre of music and I have seen many new faces in attendance. Hopefully everyone will have taken something from the experience and we can look forward to similar inspiring projects in the not too distant future.
Steve H.

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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.
The idea of this blog is for you to share your thoughts and pass on your comments on discs, gigs, jazz - music in general. If you've been to a gig/concert or heard a CD that knocked you sideways please share your views with us. Tell us about your favourites, your memories, your dislikes.
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.)
Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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