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Michael Feinstein: “Fred Astaire is my favorite singer. To me, he was the perfect interpreter of American popular song.” – (Jazz Times December 2014).

Bud Shank: “Once I saw California – that was it, I stayed.” – (Jazz Journal May 1991)

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Today Saturday February 25

Afternoon

Tees Valley Jazzmen - Devonport Hotel, 16-18 The Front, Middleton One Row, Darlington DL2 1AS. 01325 332255. 1:30pm. Free.

Evening

Bradley Johnston (Solo guitar) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 7:30pm. No cover charge.

Redemption - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8pm. £5.

Rendezvous Jazz/ Levee Ramblers NOJB 'At the Jazz Band Ball 2' - The Exchange, Howard St., North Shields NE30 1SE. 7:30pm. £10/£8.50.

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

Friday, January 22, 2016

Rudimentary, Ms Evans

(Review by Russell).
Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society’s most recent meeting at Gateshead Central Library heard Jenny Evans explain the rudiments of Western musical composition with reference to jazz and other genres. Newcastle College lecturer Evans made the argument that Elvis, Mozart and jazz artists were, essentially, using the same building blocks to compose, and with specific reference to jazz, improvise.  Three chords and the pentatonic scale were an essential prerequisite to understanding, and creating, a musical masterpiece.
Jenny Evans’ entertaining talk, illustrated at the keyboard, required the dreaded ‘audience participation’ element that makes some look for the exit! Excuse me, I’ve left the gas on.. The task at hand was to write down a series of chords, hand it to teacher, and hear the left hand scale work with a right hand pentatonic melody. Evans caught sight – Excuse me, I forgot it’s – and seized upon, your correspondent’s scribbling – the cat’s funeral…
Well, Ms Evans is a talented sort. Looking at the (hopefully) illegible scrawl she played it as the composer intended! The piece opened:     

C E G A D
A G C E D
D C E G A
G D E C A

The result was a ragime (ish) masterwork! The Society’s regulars thanked Ms Evans for a most entertaining presentation. Your correspondent dashed off to a gig (a corker of a gig; Don Forbes and the boys at the Jazz Co-op playing ‘Modern’ jazz as it should be played), then back to the garret  to work late into the night on that next masterpiece.   
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.
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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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