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Bebop Spoken There

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.

Sunday, May 01, 2016

A Mini-review of a Mini-gig! Jazzattack @ Sage Gateshead, April 30











Ben Lawrence, Aidan Crawley (trumpets), Ryan de Silva, Ella Talbot, Haruunn Miller (altos), Anne-Sophie Grobe (piano), Owen Connell (guitar), Dan Lawrence (bass guitar) and Jo ?? (drums). Paul Edis, MD.
(Mini-review/photos by Jerry)
What better place to be young and playing jazz than here on the concourse at Sage Gateshead and what better day for both of those things than this - International Jazz Day? The young musicians above (for some of whom it may have been their last Jazzattack gig) made the most of the opportunity and entertained an appreciative audience in the café some of whom were, I suspect, Scottish National Jazz Orchestra players awaiting their gig later on.
The youngsters swung into action with Perdido, followed by Coltrane’s Equinox and then Killer Joe. As the MD Paul Edis said, “classics which you just HAVE to learn – like Beethoven’s Fifth if you are studying classical piano.”
Blue Monk followed, featuring a solo by Aidan Crawley, the band’s youngest member, who sported a sartorially elegant hat as if auditioning for the trumpet section of the Gala Big Band. Well done him! On the same number the drummer, Jo (sorry, I didn’t get the surname) enjoyed trading fours with the MD on alto sax.
The final number, Groove Merchant featured a bass solo by Dan Lawrence and another fluent, confident solo from Ryan de Silva on alto. This last had already come to prominence, along with Haruunn Miller, on the first two numbers. Excellent stuff all round – and the guys from the Scottish Jazz Orchestra (if that’s who they were) loved every minute of it.
Jerry.

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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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