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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 Wednesday March 21


Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free admission.

Rod Sinclair & Tom Fletcher - The Vault, Hallgate, Hexham NE46 1XD. 2:00pm. £7.50.


Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8:00pm. £1.00

The Village Hall New Orleans Band - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:15pm £3.00.

Moonshine Sessions - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson Street, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 8:30pm. Free.

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

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Schmazz presents The Jonathan Silk Big Band

For at least the past couple of decades big jazz units have tended to fall into two camps - those that draw their inspiration from the Swing Era, with the various sections (reeds, trumpets, trombones) riffing in unison, and those that play more with the varied orchestral textures that can be achieved through different combinations of instruments.
The great thing about the Jonathan Silk band is that it straddles that divide. There's plenty of big band drive, as you might expect from an outfit led by a drummer, but Jonathan's extensive experience of writing for smaller groups is reflected in interesting juxtapositions that don't interrupt the flow of the music, but unfailingly lend it the sound of surprise. It's new and very tasty wine in an old and much loved bottle.What also makes this band stand out is the quality of the musicians involved. They may not be household names (jazz musicians have to be dead before they achieve that status), but they've all been forged in the white heat of the vibrant Birmingham scene, and the band's debut CD 'Uncouth' features a constant stream of outstanding solos. So if you're in the mood for an exciting 15-piece big band (but preferably without 'In the Mood'), this is an unmissable gig.
Tickets on sale in advance from Reflex : 0191 2603246, from the Jazz Cafe and online at Further info. from
Tonight (July 28) @ 8pm Black Swan Bar & Venue, Newcastle Arts Centre, 69 Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SG. £12 & £10 concessions.

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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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