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Joris Teepe: "The bookers weren't interested in booking the Rashied Ali Quintet without Rashied Ali." - (Downbeat, January 2019).

Today Tuesday December 11

Afternoon

Classic Swing - The Ship, Front St., Monkseaton NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free.

Uncle Lucy & the Nephews - Sage Gateshead, St Mary's Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR. Tel: 0191 443 4661. From 12 noon. Future Grooves (Music degree students). Multi bill, Sage Two. £5.00.

Evening

Jam session - Black Swan Bar, Newcastle Arts Centre, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SG. 0191 222 9882. 8:00pm. Steve Glendinning; Paul Grainger; Russ Morgan.

Viroots - Sage Gateshead, St Mary's Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR. Tel: 0191 443 4661. From 7:00pm. Future Grooves (Music degree students). Multi bill, Sage Two. £5.00.

To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Sunday, October 02, 2016

Sirkis/Bialas International Quartet @ The Globe Jazz Bar - October 1










Asaf Sirkis (dms/konnakol); Sylwia Bialas (voice); Frank Harrison (pno); Kevin Glasgow (bs gtr).
(Review by Lance/Photos courtesy of Ken Drew).
One of the most interesting gigs I've been to for awhile. How could it not be with four such accomplished performers? Sirkis is, not only a dynamic drummer, he is also a master of the  art of performing percussion syllables vocally in the South Indian music form known as Konnakol. This he demonstrated at length with a display of dexterity - both hand wise and vocal wise.
Bialas' voice is quite incredible with a vast range and fullness of tone. However, singing in her native Polish meant that the lyrics were meaningless to those of us who weren't multi-lingual! But you could, I suppose, say the same about Italian opera or, come to that, scatting!
Frank Harrison was superb on keys - it's been a good weekend for the  unrelated Harrisons! James on Friday lunchtime, Tom on Friday night and now Frank. I guess that when the ancient Harrisons began begatting there was a lot of music in the air!
Kevin Glasgow wielded a six string bass guitar that, when soloing at the top end of the fretboard, sounded almost cello-like.
The well-attended room, many of whom had been at the afternoon workshop, showed their approval throughout with rapturous applause although there were a couple who found the volume outside of their comfort zone.
As I said at the beginning - interesting.
Lance.

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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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