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Bebop Spoken There

Jim Hall: "Won't play loud, can't play fast" - (From one of the great guitarist's business cards brought to our attention by Roly Veitch).

Joel Harrison: “It’s incredibly hard to play bebop on guitar, harder than on saxophone.” – (Jazz Times August 2015)

Today Wednesday June 28

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.
Chris Sharkey Trio - Jazz Café. 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £5/Students free - voluntary donation.
Levee Ramblers NOJB - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:30pm. £3.00.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Jazz Café Update

Jazz Cafe summer closure
The Jazz Cafe has just closed down for its summer break and will re-open on Tuesday 1st September.
Advance ticket sales for September
This email is to give you details of three very special and musically varied Jazz Cafe promotions in September for which tickets are on sale now at the Details Art Materials Shop at Newcastle Arts Centre, 67 Westgate Road NE1 1SG. You can purchase tickets in person, or by phone to be posted by ‘recorded delivery’ for a fee  of  £2.50 for any quantity. Tel. 0191 261 5999 office hours.
Revised License
As from September the Cafe will have a revised license allowing access for young people up to 11pm when accompanied by a responsible adult. We will also be permitted to serve draught beers on the bar: keg lager plus a guest real ale.
Other events in September
For details of our free admission jam sessions and Saturday night duo performances as well as of the regular monthly Jazz North East Schmazz presentation please access our website at www.jazzcafe-newcastle.co.uk/
THE THREE MAJOR SEPTEMBER EVENTS
(1)   Mark Pringle’s Moveable Feast Trio  –  Upstairs in the Cafe  9.00pm Friday 11th September  –. £6.00 / £5.00 advance.
Pianist Mark Pringle, aged just 24, but already described by The Independent as “Stupendously talented,”  has recently graduated from  jazz studies at Birmingham Conservatoire and in October begins two years further study  in Berlin, Copenhagen and Amsterdam on a highly sought after place on the European Jazz Masters (EUJAM) Programme.
This year, thanks to a Peter Whittingham Award he has created and recorded a 12-piece ensemble, “Moveable Feast,” which tours nationally in September. The Moveable Feast Trio which he brings to the Jazz Cafe on  September 11th  - Mark on piano, James Banner double bass and Euan Palmer drums – is described by Mark as the creative core of the 12-piece where his compositions are explored with greater freedom and communicative energy.
The Independent described his piano duo album with John Law ‘This Is’ as “so full of joy that it can renew your faith not just in jazz , but music itself.”
The late John Taylor, leading European jazz pianist and composer said of Mark “Mark Pringle is an exceptionally gifted pianist and composer, and a remarkable improviser. 'A Moveable Feast' is a striking example of his writing and playing”
Listen to Mark Pringle’s music at  << sound cloud .com/markpringle >> and at <<markpringle.bandcamp.com>>
(2)  Alice Grace Quintet   – Upstairs in the Cafe  9.00pm Friday 18th September – £6.00 / £5.00 in advance
Alice Grace’s career as a jazz vocalist began aged 12 with a local big band in Kent, moved on to the National Youth Jazz Orchestra (as did Amy Winehouse) and then to appearances with the house band at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club. After all that, jazz studies at the London Guildhall School of Music and the Amsterdam Conservatoire must have seemed almost an anti-climax!
Alice names Ella and Diana Krall as major influences and her career post-graduation has  been conventional enough for a “ jazzer”, singing with jazz and soul ensembles in venues large – including London’s Southbank Centre and Royal Albert Hall – and more intimate across the UK and Europe and most recently in Dubai and across the Emirates where she co-founded her own band. But this “jazzer” has another string to her bow. She lends her soulful tone to producers of drum n bass, dubstep and house music and also composes for these genres.
Upstairs at the Jazz Cafe Alice’s jazz side will be to the fore with an evening of originals and classic jazz standards accompanied by a hand-picked local band including another exciting recent incomer to the Northern jazz scene like herself, the drummer Russ Morgan.
Alice Grace vocals; Peter Gilligan keys; Paul Gowland tenor & alto saxes; Paul Grainger double bass; Russ Morgan drums
(3) Soundbone Plays Led Zep  –  Upstairs in the Cafe  9.00pm  Friday 25th September– £7.00 / £5.00 advance.
Ex – Oz, now Edinburgh – based trombonist Chris Greive’s adventurous, ground-breaking trio NeWt was renowned for its “satisfying clash of tone colours” (Jazzwise) and “urgent but compact sound” (The Herald, Glasgow) and played a number of times on Tyneside. Now Chris (trombone and electronics,including octave – divider for bass lines!), with NeWt’s outstandingly creative guitarist Graeme Stephen and drummer David Carnegie from Barbados and Tyneside, have formed Soundbone to play free – ranging versions of some Led Zep classics. The trio pays homage to the massive riffs and weight of the originals, while bringing a prog-jazz approach to each of the songs.
a good number of the big guns are here : an emphatically riffing Communication Breakdown, a superbly stylish Kashmir, a rattlin’ Moby Dick and an Immigration Song that threatens the Jazz Bar’s foundations.” (The Herald Glasgow) “More structured episodes are interspersed with bouts of fiery free improv mayhem....Powerful and inventive music of a high order.” (The List)
Mike Tilley, Dave Clarke and the Jazz Cafe Team


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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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