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Bebop Spoken There

Howard Riley: “When I started out playing jazz back in the late 50s, early 60s, if you wanted a gig you had to learn some standards.” – (Jazz Journal April 2017)

Eric Harland: “I love swing and I’m always going to swing but I also know that you can take a hip-hop groove and improvise with that just like you would with a swing pattern.” – (Jazz Journal April 2017)

Today Sunday April 30

All Day.
Darlington Jazz Festival - details.
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International Jazz Day - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. From 2pm 'til late. Free - details.
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Strictly Smokin' Small Band - Gateshead Beer and Music Festival - Gateshead RFC, Eastwood Gdns., Low Fell NE9 5UB. £12 admission to beer festival. Band play 1:45pm - 2:35pm.
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Afternoon.
Joel Byrne McCullough - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 12:30pm. Free.
Blues @ The Bay - Tanner Smith's 17-19 South Parade, Whitley Bay NE26 2RE, 0191 2525941. 4pm. Free. Blues jam w. Scott Wall & Charlie Philp.
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Musicians Unlimited - Park Hotel, Park Rd., Hartlepool TS26 9HU. 01249 233126.1pm. Free.
Evening
Nick Ross Orchestra (Glenn Miller) - Forum Theatre, Queensway, Billingham. 7:30pm. £22 (£20.50 conc.).
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Painting a Picture at Ushaw

(Preview by Russell/images by Dave Barden)
Dave Barden will be working at this week’s Ushaw Durham Jazz Festival. The Hexham-based artist will be on site getting an up-close view of the musicians, making preparatory sketches and taking photographs with the final results to emerge from his studio base at a later date. The former Head of Fine Art at the then Newcastle Polytechnic has had a life-long interest in music. Jazz, blues and other popular genres continue to attract the artist’s attention and it will be fascinating to observe Barden working up close to his subject.
Dave Barden enjoys an international reputation. Two subject areas are music and sport. A commission to work at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics yielded several paintings and a visit to the 2012 London Olympics proved equally productive. The artist’s work is represented in public, private and corporate collections including Wentworth Leisure Centre, Hexham and JD Wetherspoon’s Union Rooms in Newcastle. Barden is no stranger to jazz festivals having worked at Gateshead International Jazz Festival and Southport Jazz Festival. The Biscuit Factory, Newcastle, hosted an exhibition of his music (jazz!) related paintings. At Ushaw College festival goers will be able to view an exhibition of the artist’s work. Some paintings will be available for purchase.     
Jazz will be Dave Barden’s focus during the inaugural 2016 Ushaw Durham Jazz Festival staged at Ushaw College. A former seminary, the magnificent buildings on a vast country estate on the outskirts of Durham are worth seeing in their own right. The fact that jazz of international quality will be heard over three days (26-28 August) makes a visit essential!
Alan Barnes, Bruce Adams, Nigel Price, Zoé Gilby, the Peter Gilligan Trio, the Paul Edis Trio and many more makes this a festival offering something for everyone.
   
Jazz, an artist in residence, food and drink, an architectural gem, rolling County Durham countryside, fine weather (fingers crossed!), the 2016 Ushaw Durham Jazz Festival is one event you mustn’t miss. Tickets from 0191 334 5119 or visit: www.ushaw.org      
Russell.               

1 comment :

  1. Wow- wish we were there! Thanks Russell and Lance Liddle we expect to see so many reviews- thanks for all you do!

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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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