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Bebop Spoken There

Piers Paul Read: "Bruce Reynolds and Biggs shared an interest in Sex, Jazz and Hemingway." - (The Train Robbers by Piers Paul Read, Coronet Books 1979.)

George Shearing: "Speaking about Johann Sebastian Bach I think he'd be a real jazzer if he were alive today. I mean any man who has two wives, twenty kids, gets kicked out of the church for being too harmonically radical and drinks beer can't be all wrong can he?" - (Crescendo March 1984.)

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Today Wednesday July 18

Afternoon

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

Evening

Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, 11 Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8:00pm. £1.00.

Gala Big Band: BRASS for Sir Bobby - Durham Miners’ Hall, Flass Street, Durham DH1 4BE. 7:30pm. £10 Durham Brass Festival.

Reel Brass + Shake ‘Em Up Jazz Band - Front Street, Chester le Street, Co. Durham DH3. 6:00-9:00pm. Free. Town centre street performance. Durham Brass Festival (Street Ceilidh).

Steve Glendinning & Debra Milne - Dun Cow, Brandling Village, Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 4RS. 8pm. Free.

Big BRASS Bash - Timothy Hackworth Park, Shildon. 6:00-9:00pm. Free. Durham Brass Festival.

Northern Monkey Brass Band - Timothy Hackworth Park, Central Parade, Shildon DL4 1DL. 6:00-9:00pm. Free. Big BRASS Bash (Durham Brass Festival).

Community 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.

Tyne Valley Junior Jazz Ensemble + Tyne Valley Youth Big Band + Tyne Valley Big Band - Phoenix Club & Bar, Chisholm Place, Hexham NE46 1QL. 6:00pm. Donations.

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

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

GIJF: Courtney Pine & Zoe Rahman @ Sage Gateshead - April 16

Courtney Pine (bass clarinet) & Zoe Rahman (piano)
(Review by Russell/Photo Credit: John Watson/Jazzcamera.co.uk)
For ten years or so Courtney Pine hasn’t picked up his tenor saxophone. As a member of the seminal Jazz Warriors Pine emerged as a welcome new voice on the jazz scene going on to form, tour and record with his own small group. Back in the day, a gig at Riverside (long-since closed) on Melbourne Street, Newcastle heard Pine, the new kid on the block, play commanding post-Coltrane tenor. At the time, Sage Gateshead was but a twinkle in the eye. Decades later Courtney Pine plays the Norman Foster-designed Sage Gateshead venue on a regular basis.
This 2016 concert appearance at the Gateshead International Jazz Festival featured a duo performance with pianist Zoe Rahman. The reedsman has a self-imposed exclusivity pact with the bass clarinet (tenor, and for that matter, soprano saxophone, nowhere to be seen) and it’s been this way for some time. Pianist Zoe Rahman has been working with Pine for some time as a duo and this Gateshead gig tended to focus on the bass clarinet, the piano decidedly adopting a supporting role in their performance of the album Song (The Ballad Book).
Sage One’s crowd knew what they were there for – to hear Courtney Pine, bass clarinetist. Extended solos frequently relegated Rahman, a fine musician, to that of comping pianist. The physical exertion of playing the rarely heard bass clarinet found Pine gulping in air, rehydrating with bottled water and determinedly launching into another lengthy workout.
Windmills of Your Mind, a robust A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square, Amazing Grace – three familiar numbers, all given the full-on treatment by Pine. Zoe Rahman, smiling in typically serene manner, impressed when given the chance and the sizeable audience took the opportunity to show its appreciation. A Child is Born was a tour de force, indeed Pine was a tour de force throughout the one-set performance.  
Terence Blanchard was up next...   
Russell.     

1 comment :

Hugh said...

Wasn't there, but review sounds familiar. I recognise what you describe from their gig at the Alnwick Playhouse in May last year! Great gig though!

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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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