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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.

Friday, October 28, 2016

Emma Fisk & James Birkett @ The Lit & Phil. October 28












Emma Fisk (violin) & James Birkett (guitar)
(Review by Russell/Photos courtesy of Brian Ebbatson).
Joe Venuti and Eddie Lang turned up at the Lit & Phil. The Newcastle audience turned out in force to hear them. Rarely, if ever, has the Loftus Room been so full for a Friday lunchtime jazz concert. Yes, Emma ‘Venuti’ Fisk and James ‘Lang’ Birkett performed twelve numbers written by, or associated with, Venuti and Lang and found time to play Lady be Good as an encore.
Venuti and Lang numbers (Cheese and Crackers, Black and Blue Bottom, Sunshine and Kickin’ the Cat) were placed in their 1920s’ context thanks to Emma Fisk’s informative introductions: Venuti’s fondness for a florid intro, recording dates as a duo or with their legendary Blue Four outfit. Familiar tunes peppered the one-hour programme including Dinah, I’m Confessin’ and Gershwin’s Someone to Watch Over Me. Fisk referred to the undoubted virtuosity of the pioneering masters of the music alluding to Venuti’s parallel fifths intro to Black and Blue Bottom (the duo’s first recorded sides released under their own names).      
Emma Fisk’s virtuoso playing spellbound the standing room only audience. Guitarist Dr Birkett did all the things – and more! – that the pioneering Eddie Lang committed to disc almost a century ago. This was a virtuoso duo in their element. Closing their concert with Edward Claypoole’s Raggin’ the Scale, our twenty-first century master musicians won an encore. It was never in doubt. Lady Be Good. Darn good.
Next month (November 25th) Paul Edis and Graham Hardy will be in concert. It starts at one o’clock. If you want to be sure of a seat please arrive in good time.
Russell                           

3 comments :

  1. First time I have seen Emma perform - it was magnificent. Can't wait till 11th November when the Hot Club du Nord will be performing at Crook.

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  2. It was a dream of a concert - fantastic, from start to finish ...... wonderful to hear all those great numbers too, and performed by Emma and James - ace musicians both! Splendissimo .....

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  3. Thank you both for your kind comments! James and I both had a great time too!

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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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