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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 Wednesday March 21


Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free admission.

Rod Sinclair & Tom Fletcher - The Vault, Hallgate, Hexham NE46 1XD. 2:00pm. £7.50.


Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8:00pm. £1.00

The Village Hall New Orleans Band - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:15pm £3.00.

Moonshine Sessions - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson Street, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 8:30pm. Free.

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

Thursday, January 28, 2016

CD Review: Mike Westbrook & Company The Uncommon Orchestra - A Bigger Show Live.

When Release, the first Mike Westbrook album I encountered in the late 1960s, appeared I was absolutely floored! It was my initial encounter with what was then considered rather free. Perhaps my acceptance was assisted by the incorporation of a blast on Flying Home that flew even higher than Lionel Hampton had done!
There were other early albums I acquired and enjoyed: Celebration, Marching Songs etc. then our paths began to differ.
Westbrook moved on, I moved on, but at a slower pace.
Until now!
We're together again!
This is an album, a live album so awesome that it's far beyond my descriptive powers.
Think of Sun Ra or Mingus and The Black Saint and Sinner Lady and you're in the ball park - or rather the theatre. For this is music theatre of the highest level and Westbrook is a composer who, had he been born in Washington DC, New York City or the west coast of America rather than the south west of England, would surely have been given a Ducal title as opposed to his UK OBE. This is such an amazing album - straddles just about every genre known! I'm not going to attempt to single out individuals or even tracks,
This is a Festival must - are you listening Ros [Rigby]?
Mike Westbrook's 80 and I'm not that far behind him so it would be in both Mike and myself's interests to get him up here sooner rather than later.
Quite an album!
My only crit is the the title - A Bigger Show - Live.
Suggest replacing 'A Bigger' with 'The Biggest'.
For a comprehensive rundown and further details, visit 
Mike Westbrook & Company: The Uncommon Orchestra - A Bigger Show Live, is released on ASC Records ascd162163 on Feb. 5..

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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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