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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 Saturday March 17


Rat Pack - Live from Las Vegas @ Sunderland Empire, High St West, Sunderland SR1 3EX. 2:30pm. Featuring Rat Pack Big Band & Burrelli Sisters.


KOAN 7 - the Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:00pm. £5.00. (£4.00. concs). ‘Form and Space’ ‘An evening of free improvisation and original composition’. Line-up includes John Pope (solo improvised set).

Rat Pack - Live from Las Vegas @ Sunderland Empire, High St West, Sunderland SR1 3EX. 7:30pm. Featuring Rat Pack Big Band & Burrelli Sisters.

Boys of Brass - Brandling Villa, Haddricks Mill Road, South Gosforth, Newcastle NE3 1QL. 9:00pm. Free.

Ben Cipolla - Great Broughton Village Hall, Ingleby Road, Great Broughton, Cleveland TS9 7ER. 7:30pm. Tickets: £12.50 from 01642 712176.

Gilded Thieves - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

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

Wednesday, August 05, 2015

Alice Graces the Jazz Café

A quick visit to the men’s room (two flights up).Returning to the bar, the line-up on the stand had changed somewhat, such is the nature of a jam session. Vocalist Debra Milne got up to sing with Rob Bates behind the kit. Ian Forbes didn’t hang around long (nowt new there!), Francesco and Tom were long gone, Bradley was heading for a last train.
The sitters-in done, the house band reassembled with Last Train Johnston and tenor man Paul Gowland to accompany Alice Grace. Yes, the fabulous Ms Grace was in the house! Just in Time, a scatterooney of a take on Joyspring, Kenny Wheeler’s Everybody’s Song But My Own and the late night confessional Blame It On My Youth. A jam session? This was worthy of the concert platform. Class.  


Bruce Bax (on F/b) said...

Damn. Missed it!

Minnie Fraser (on F/b) said...

Me too Bruce, particularly sad to have missed Ali Cat!

Ali Cat (on F/b) said...

Thank you so much Lance & Russell for the kind words . And thank you Minnie Fraser for tagging me so I can read the link! See you on 18 Sept, I hope x

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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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