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Bebop Spoken There

Ben Pollack: "The kind of people who go for the old style New Orleans jazz are the same kind of people who go in for collecting antiques." - (Down Beat May 5, 1950).

Flip Phillips: "I heard this band out in California. I think - Lu Waters, isn't it? They sure can march down the street but I wouldn't want to march with them!" - (Down Beat June 15, 1951).

Today Tuesday June 27

Evening
CANCELLED! Atlas - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8:15pm. £10/£8 (conc.). JNE 'Women Make Music'.
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Charles Gordon (solo piano) - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Newcastle. 10pm - midnight. Free.
Maine Street Jazzmen - British Legion Club, West Jesmond Ave., Newcastle NE2 3EX. 8:30pm. £5.
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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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