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Bebop Spoken There

Dewey Redman: "When Trane came to Bop City in San Francisco and told me he liked the way I played, I stayed high off that forever." - (Downbeat June 1980.)

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Nick Brignola: “I got to talk to John Coltrane before he was John Coltrane!” – (Jazz Journal April 1991)

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Today Wednesday January 18

Afternoon.
Vieux Carre Jazzmen - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
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Evening.
Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. £1. 8pm.
Ruth Lambert w. Alan Law Trio - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 7:30pm. No cover charge.
Levee Ramblers NOJB - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:30pm. £3.00. Note earlier start and a small increase in admission.
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Tees Hot Club - Cleveland Bay, 718 Yarm Rd., Eaglescliffe, TS16 0JE. 9pm. Free.
To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Scarborough Jazz Festival 2016 - Saturday September 24: The Eastern Area Schools Youth Jazz Orchestra

(Review by Russell).
The Eastern Area Schools Youth Jazz Orchestra is a shining example of jazz education at its best. Based in Scarborough, the ensemble performs regularly in Yorkshire and, as and when funds permit, further afield including frequent visits to Wearside to take part in the annual Great North Big Band Jazz Festival in Sunderland. EASY, as the outfit is known, has become a fixture at Scarborough. This year’s invite included a workshop session with Alan Barnes and Gareth Williams. Christmas comes early to Scarborough! 
As the Grand Hall’s afternoon session ended, festival goers filtered through the lounge to order another pint of Wold Top Brewery’s festival beer and claim a seat in the Spa’s Sun Court to listen to the EASY band. Tutored year round by dedicated, unsung musicians – Ralph Alder and Nigel Blenkiron, to name but two – this Scarborough Jazz Festival date must surely rank as up there with the most prestigious in the EASY’s diary. Alan Barnes and Gareth Williams took it in turn to share conducting duties with Alder and Blenkiron.
A nine-strong saxophone section, five trumpets, four trombones and a rhythm section of piano, bass and drums got stuck into Back in Blue Orleans, Stolen Moments, Yesterdays and many others. Soloists impressed, Barnes and Williams were impressed, and spoke of the vital role of bands such as the EASY orchestra in nurturing the next generation of jazz stars. Stevie Wonder’s Isn’t She Lovely? engendered a ‘feel good’ atmosphere and to end, Mr A Barnes sat in the reeds’ section to play the Pink Panther theme. Barnesy just about held his own. At the conclusion of the Eastern Area Schools Youth Orchestra’s set Ralph Alder presented the Geoff Laycock Memorial Cup to the band’s Musician of the Year. A proud Ben Quilter, drums, stepped forward to accept the award which was established by family members of the late Geoff Laycock, a man who, for many years, was a key figure in the development of the band and a well-known figure on the regional music scene.

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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