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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 Tuesday July 25

Evening
Misha Mullov-Abbado Sextet - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane NE25 5DW. 8pm. Free.
Charles Gordon (solo piano) - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Newcastle. 10pm - midnight. £10 & £8. JNE gig.
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Maine Street Jazzmen - Royal British Legion Club, West Jesmond Ave., Newcastle NE2 3EX. 8:30pm. £5.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Monday, August 17, 2015

And Now For Something Completely Different: Jazz Co-op @ The Globe: Ladies Of Midnight Blue: August 15

Hannabiell Sanders and Yilis (djembes, congas, dunduns, mbiras, Tyler the bass trombone, various percussion).
I entered to the exciting sound of 2 djembes (African hand drums) playing rhythms and counter rhythms, fast, slow, a long piece with many climaxes, surely partly improvised, or maybe instructions were coming from Hannabiell’s occasional whistle blasts – words are inadequate to describe this music, and then suddenly it was over and time for a break, well earned after all the energy expended.  
In the second half we were introduced to the mbira, which is half of a globe hollowed out, holding tuned keys which sound something like a marimba, which rather reminded me of running water in a dry part of Africa, a pleasing fresh sound.  Tyler now made an entrance, an instrument which seems to have his/her own personality, a trombonist from the audience joined in and we were encouraged to hum along.  We all gradually became part of the music before we realised what was happening, as we sang call and response with Hannabiell, the words ‘peace be with us now’ to insistent riffs from the drums.  We all introduced ourselves to the band and Hannabiell explained that this was ‘musicing’,  when everyone joins in, even the bar staff.
The musicing continued as we were all given a percussion instrument to play, such as agogo bells (2 bells with different tones, hit with a stick); various shaped metallic instruments to be hit, rows of bells, and we had great fun making our own music to the drumbeats, ever faster, more than one climax, then a sudden stop.  Then we swapped instruments and did it all over again, helped by Tyler and all the drums.
A very lively and enjoyable evening of music, just the thing to rid you of musical inhibitions.  You can see the whole band (yes, there are many more players and instruments), doing what Hannabiell described as ‘Afro Psychedelic Funk’ on Thursday 10th September at the Cluny in Ouseburn.   
Ann Alex

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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.)
Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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