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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)

Sir Thomas Beecham: "Forget about the bars. Look at the phrases, please. Remember that bars are only the boxes in which the music is packed" - (Beecham Stories by Harold Atkins & Archie Newman. Robson Books, 1978).

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.

Monday, December 14, 2015

Jazz North East presents Schmazz, with LED BIB

Chris Williams, Pete Grogan (alto saxes); Toby McLaren (keyboards); Liran Donin (bass); Mark Holub (drums).
(Preview by Paul Bream).
I plugged this in last week's 'Alert', but we've all got lots to think about in the run up to Xmas, so a reminder wouldn't go amiss. In fact it would be remiss to miss it!
I mentioned that the band's newest CD, 'The People in your Neighbourhood', had been widely reviewed as the best of their twelve year career, but it's also worth emphasising that much of the praise centred on the fact that it's a live recording, capturing the excitement they generate at gigs. The Guardian referred to "the in-your-face urgency of a live album", and online magazine The Quietus, rather more expansively, hailed ""a near flawless blend of instantly memorable composed tunes and the kind of wild improvisation-informed sections that only really falls into place when a band has an extensive history of live performances to draw upon."
I first heard Led Bib very early in their career, playing to a small audience on a boat on the River Thames, and was instantly knocked out by them - an experience that has been repeated every time I've heard them since. And yes, good as their recored output has been, there is no substitute for hearing them live. With drummer/leader Mark Holub now living in Austria, who knows when they'll be back in town - so grab this opportunity while you can.
Paul Bream.
Wednesday 16th December | 8.00pm. Jazz Café | 25 Pink Lane | Newcastle NE1 5DW. 
Tickets £10.00 | £8.00 concessions from the Jazz Café (0191 222 9882), Reflex Records (0191 260 3246), or www.seetickets.com
Note: This gig is in an upstairs room inaccessible for wheelchair users

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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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