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Bebop Spoken There

Dave Gelly: “From 1 January 1920, when prohibition was imposed in the US, people didn’t stop drinking, they just stopped drinking legally.” – (Jazz Journal October 2017).

Regina Carter: “When I was a teenager, I would daydream about going out on a date and dancing to Ella’s music.” (Down Beat October 2017).

Today Wednesday November 22

Afternoon
Vieux Carre Jazzmen - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.

Evening
Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. £1. 8pm.

Billy's Acoustic Blues - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free (weekly).

The Village Hall New Orleans Band - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Rd., Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:15pm. £3.

BBC Big Band - Middlesbrough Theatre, The Avenue, Middlesbrough TS5 6SA. 01642 815181. 7:30pm. £24.50.

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Thursday, November 26, 2015

Tonight @ Sage Gateshead - Sinatraland

(Press release)
Tonight (Thursday 26 November) the BBC Big Band along with three of today’s leading jazz vocalists; Liane CarrollClaire Martin and Ian Shaw perform a unique musical tribute to the 20th Century’s greatest interpreter of popular song at Sage Gateshead.
In a career spanning 60 years Frank Sinatra set the standards, defined and in many cases redefined ‘the great American songbook’.  From his early days with the swing era big bands of Harry James and Tommy Dorsey to his sold out stadium tours of the 70’s and 80’s, Ol’ Blue Eyes laid down the musical route that his contemporaries would follow, and in the process created a unique sound and style which remains hugely influential in today’s world of music.
In this special performance to mark his forthcoming Centenary, the BBC Big Band and their guests explore the musical landscape of Frank’s world with classic versions of the songs he made famous.  These include BrazilIn the Still of the NightOnly the LonelyCome Fly with MeOne for My Baby, In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning and All Or Nothing At All
Taking a cue from his pioneering spirit of creativity and never ending quest for innovation with his favourite collaborators; arrangers Nelson Riddle, Billy, May and Gordon Jenkins, there will be new settings of a number of Sinatra classics heard for the first time in this concert.  These include One For My BabyIt’s A Lonesome Old Town and Witchcraft which have been arranged by some of today’s most talented big band writers.  These include veteran Hollywood composer Patrick Williams, the Guildhall School of Music’s Head of Jazz, Malcolm Edmonstone, the director of Hamburg’s NDR Big Band, Joerg-Achim Keller, and leading jazz trombonist Mark Nightingale who also directs the BBC Big Band in this performance, which is being recorded for broadcast on BBC Radio 3’s Jazz Line Up.
Sinatraland - The BBC Big Band In Concert with special guests Liane Carroll and Ian Shaw takes place in Sage One, tonight. Tickets can be booked either by calling 0191 443 4661, online at sagegateshead.com or in person from Sage Gateshead’s Ticket Office.

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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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