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Bebop Spoken There

Orrin Evans: “I’d like to see a younger audience and an audience that looks more like me at the clubs.” – (Down Beat November 2014).

Kevin Flanagan: "Besides, I'd got sick of playing jazz to people who looked like my father." - (Straight No Chaser Issue 0ne Summer 1988.)

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Today Saturday August 19

Radio
5pm Radio 3: Jazz Line-up. Live from George Heriot's School, Edinburgh. Includes Dime Notes; Gwyneth Herbert &Andy Sheppard/John Patticelli.
12 (midnight) Radio 3: Geoffrey Smith's Jazz. Mingus selection.
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Afternoon
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Evening
Lin Lee Wong (solo piano) - Cherry Tree, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 2AE. 7:30pm. No cover charge.
Smokehouse Blues Band - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.
Sokool Band - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8pm. £5. Brenda Sokell w. quartet.
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Rendezvous Jazz - Durham Cathedral. 7:30pm. £12 (£10 - Friends of Durham Cathedral).
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Jazz Co-op @ The Globe: Blue Jazz Sextet/Off Key - September 20

George Anyfantis (keys); Keith Barrett (guitar); Karen Rann (sop sax); Jeff Smith (ten sax); Dave Parker (bass); Mark Robertson (reader, guest drummer); Off Key (novel)
(Review by Ann Alex/Photo courtesy of Debra M)
It’s not often that a novel is part of a jazz band, but tonight it was the star of the show.  The second set consisted of relevant tunes, interspersed with readings from Mark, the author of Off Key, who hopped between the drum kit and the reading stool, even breaking into song during one of the readings, a well-sung snatch of Skylark.
This was a very enjoyable event, especially for those of us who’d read the novel, which is summed up well by the front cover description ‘The greatest story ever told about Love ...and Jazz (in Sunderland).’ I’d advise everyone not to miss out on this really good read, a love story with some pathos, and even a character called Crombie in one scene.
The readings were carefully arranged so that no spoilers were given. The members of the jazz band in the novel were described, hilarious episodes were read, such as the skeleton practical joke and the night the band played at a male strippers do.  Sadder pieces included a quarrel  that the lovers had about money.  The supporting music included such numbers as Scrapple From The Apple; Perdido; Blue Trane; Work Song and a superb version of Skylark, with a soulful tenor opening from Jeff, flowing piano and suitably gentle drums.  The music was skilled, as always from this band, right through to the final chord played long and strong from everyone.
In the first set, the band did their stuff well on such numbers as Softly As In A Morning Sunrise; a wonderfully boppy I Mean You; Footprints; Take The A Train; Song For My Father; Tenor Madness.  Good solos all round.  I especially liked Footprints, which had an eastern type of feel, especially from the saxes, and was dream-like and even slightly disturbing.  The newer members of the band, Keith on guitar and George on keys, did themselves credit in their solos. Readers will have gathered that the Blue Jazz Quintet is now a sextet, and none the worse for that.
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.)
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