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Bebop Spoken There

John Tynan: "Go ahead, call me reactionary. I happen to object to the musical nonsense being peddled in the name of jazz by John Coltrane and his acolyte Eric Dolphy." - (Downbeat November 22, 1961).

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McCoy Tyner: "If anyone want to know how the three of us - Elvin, Jimmy and me - felt about John [Coltrane], listen to the music and you can hear the love and respect we had for each other. The music can really speak more than any of us." - (Melody Maker, August 19, 1967).
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Today Monday April 24

Afternoon.
Jazz in the Afternoon - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
Evening.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Friday, April 22, 2016

International Jazz Day:The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra - The Music of Dave Brubeck @ Sage Gateshead 0n April 30

SNJO (MD Tommy Smith) featuring Bill Dobbins (piano) and John Nugent (alto saxophone)
(Press release)
The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra (SNJO) invites all music lovers to join them at Sage Gateshead on International Jazz Day, April 30, in a double celebration of world jazz, and the achievements of one of its most respected figures, Dave Brubeck.
Brubeck was an extraordinary musician who achieved enviable status as a jazz master, a brilliant composer, and as a household name. The SNJO is delighted to have this opportunity to mark Brubeck’s exceptional contribution to modern music and to warmly welcome pianist and arranger Bill Dobbins and alto saxophonist John Nugent as their special guests. 
This particular programme naturally focuses upon the hugely successful work of Brubeck’s famous quartet, and their enthusiastic exploration of unusual time signatures. It had been a conscious decision by Brubeck to delve into polyrhythmic experimentation and improvisational counterpoint. He was suitably rewarded with a million-selling jazz album in Time Out, and a lasting place in jazz history. Few, including Brubeck himself, envisaged making ambitious jazz that had such broad and enduring appeal.
Brubeck brought warmth, intellect, energy and charm to the art of jazz piano; while saxophonist Paul Desmond consistently provided concise, clear and lyrical musicianship. Together with drummer Joe Morello, and bassists Eugene Wright and Joe Benjamin, they created some of the most iconic modern jazz ever made.
The music selected for this concert will bracket the emphatic statement made on Time Out in 1959 with works from the years immediately preceding its release, and the further re-invention that followed on subsequent recordings. During this period, Brubeck was in his prime as a jazz ambassador and a composer of increasing stature. The music that has been selected for these performances is, therefore, a ringing endorsement of his vision, ingenuity, and prowess. 
The SNJO is now a force to be reckoned with as an interpretive instrument with a flair for astonishing customizations. Bill Dobbins has been specially commissioned by the SNJO to arrange all the tunes for these concerts including an exotic vista re-imagined on Rising Sun from Impressions of Japan, and a frantic vision of the Fast Life first described on Countdown:Time In Outer Space. Tommy Smith also provides his own Brubeck-inspired orchestration for saxophones of Paul Desmond's historic chorus on In Your Own Sweet Way as part of a brand new arrangement of a much-loved jazz standard.
Sage, Gateshead   0191 443 4661
(There will be pre-concert talk at 6.45 pm)

1 comment :

  1. JazzAttack are performing on the concourse on the same day 4-4:30 - some amazingly talented young musicians!

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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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