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Bebop Spoken There

Don Rendell: “The public...complain of a lack of modern jazz in their area and then don't support it when it arrives." - (Melody Maker, May 5th 1962)

Ronnie Scott: "People are just not prepared to sit and listen to jazz during the week." (Melody Maker, July 21st 1962)

Today Thursday July 20

Afternoon
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Rd., nr. Newcastle NE27 0DA. 1:oopm. Free.
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Evening.
Sarathy Korwar Quintet - Black Swan, Newcastle Arts Centre, 59 Westgate Rd., Newcastle NE1 1SG. 8pm. £10. (£8 conc.).JNE gig.
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Tyne Valley Big Band + Tyne Valley Youth Big Band + Tyne Valley Junior Jazz Ensemble -Phoenix Bar, Chisholm Place, Hexham. 6pm (Collection).
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Maine Street Jazzmen - Potter's Wheel, Sunniside NE16 5EE, 8:30pm. Free.
Screamin' Miss Jackson & the Slap Ya Mama Big Band - The Schooner, South Shore Rd., Gateshead. 8:30pm. Free.
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Tees Hot Club w. James Harrison (piano); Richie Emmerson (tenor); Ray Dales (alto) - Dormans, Oxford Rd., Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Free. 9pm.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Friday, November 06, 2015

Student Performances @ Culture Lab – November 5

(Review by Russell)
Standing room only once again this week. Singer-songwriter Shona Crossan opened the programme with two tunes. Sitting at the keyboard, accompanied by double bassist Tim Farrow and drummer Dom Lodge, Cold Heart and Release were two of Crossan’s own compositions. A talented trio.
Pianist Jessica Bates sang an Andy Cutting number with, as the performer noted, a Bill Evans’ feel to it. For a second number Bates was joined by Mercedes Philips (sop sax).
Violinist Sarah Berry played two solo pieces. The first comprised two movements from Leclair’s Sonata in D Major, the second, a work by Czech composer Misha Alperin.
The Culture Lab session ended with tenor saxophonist Joe Reeve (pictured) playing So What with guitar and six-string bass accompaniment. A second, final selection, Jim Hall’s Careful rounded off an entertaining three quarters of an hour.
Next Thursday (Nov 12) at 1:10pm there is a Culture Lab special. Contemporary quartet Dans Les Abres fly in to Newcastle ahead of a London Jazz Festival date. European free form and composed elements will dazzle the student audience. Open to the public, this is a rare opportunity for those into such adventures. Free admission.       
Russell.     

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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.
The idea of this blog is for you to share your thoughts and pass on your comments on discs, gigs, jazz - music in general. If you've been to a gig/concert or heard a CD that knocked you sideways please share your views with us. Tell us about your favourites, your memories, your dislikes.
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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