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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 Sunday March 18


Musicians Unlimited - Park Inn, Park Road, Hartlepool TS26 9HU. Tel: 01429 233126. 12 noon. Free.

Jason Isaacs & the Ambassadors of Swing - Hoochie Coochie, Pilgrim Street, Newcastle NE1 6SF. Tel: 0191 222 0130. 5:30pm (doors 4:00pm). £16.00.

Revolutionaires - Tyne Bar, Maling St, Newcastle NE6 1LP. 3pm. Free.

Somethin’ Blue - Vesuvio, 3a Houndgate, Darlington DL1 5RL. 5:00pm. Tel: 01325 788564. Matt Case (saxophone) & Mike Hepple (guitar).


POSTPONED DUE TO WEATHER! Zoë Gilby Quartet - Black Bull, Bridge Street, Blaydon NE21 4JJ. 8:00pm. £5.00. Rescheduled August 19.

Alter Ego - The Globe, 11 Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £5.00.

Bradley Johnston - The Fire Station, High Street West, Sunderland SR1 3DT. Tel: 0191 594 7241. 6:00pm. Free. New weekly residency.

Gypsy Dave Smith - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

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

Sunday, October 11, 2015

PG3 @ The Globe Jazz Bar - Oct. 10

Peter Gilligan (pno); Paul Grainger (bs); Russ Morgan (dms).
(Review by Lance).
Newcastle was in party mood. The swirl of the kilt and the skirl of the pipes made the city centre seem like Sauchiehall Street at Hogmanay. The reason being that Scotland had qualified for the next round of the rugby world cup having defeated Samoa at the Twickenham of the North - well for 7 days - St. James' Park.
Over at The Globe Jazz Bar, home of the Jazz Coop, it was less of a party and more an intimate soirée in the upper room.
The three musicians were in good form with an imaginative and varied programme that included a clutch of Jerome Kern - the opener, Nobody Else But Me; Yesterdays, featuring Grainger, and The Song is You. This latter number, played almost at the speed of light, had an incredible piano solo and some equally impressive drumming all held together by rock steady Grainger.
Michel Petrucciani's Las Champagne - a beautiful, reflective piece by a pianist/composer who sadly died aged 32 - played with much feeling; Kenny Wheeler's Kind Folk; Jarrett's Prism and a familiar sounding rhumba the name of which escapes me that had a fantastic display of hand-drumming by Morgan.
Downstairs the disco party had begun but we were above such things (downstairs/above - get it?)
The second set included My Corner of the Sky by Lars Jansson; the aforementioned Song is You; Rain Waltz from the pen of Fred Hersch and finally a blast on Lady be Good and these laddies are good!

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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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