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Bebop Spoken There

Danny Gatton: "I was tired of playing in beer joints. I wanted to do something tangible like building cars. But once you do music it gets into your blood. You can get away from it for awhile but sooner or later it comes back to you." - (Down Beat April 1991).

Tal Farlow: "There were times when I would stop [playing guitar] and do sign painting." - (Downbeat December 5, 1963)


Today Wednesday August 23

Vieux Carre Jazzmen - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
New Orleans Jazz at the Village Hall - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Rd., Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:15pm. £3.
Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. £1. 8pm.
Billy's Acoustic Blues - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free (weekly).
To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Tuesday, November 01, 2016


(Editor) Not jazz but, as so many jazz musicians came through the ranks of the local colliery band, the TA band, and, today, the school band, the Brass Band movement is still very much alive even though those collieries aren't and, as such, surely of interest to many of the readers and players of today.) 
(Press release)
For over 150 years brass bands have been an essential and binding element in the social history of the North East and have been associated with a number of industries including coal, textiles, motor cars and of course football. Whilst this association is less fashionable today, in the past, employers have considered that playing in a brass band has given employees a sense of enjoyment, a bond with their employer and has promoted a happy workforce.
The Brass in Concert Championship was originally conceived as a one-off event to mark HM The Queen’s Silver Jubilee in 1977 and the opening of a new factory in Darlington, with the contest taking part in the works canteen of Patons and Baldwins, otherwise known as the Beehive Ballroom. Thirty-nine years later it is widely recognised as the leading brass band entertainment contest in the world attracting the very best bands from all corners of the United Kingdom. In recent times it has also seen competitors from Austria, The Netherlands and Norway and some as far afield as Florida, Kansas and Ohio. For the last 12 years, the event has been presented in the iconic surroundings of Sage Gateshead drawing audiences from not only the local area and the UK but from Europe, Japan and Australia.

The idea of an entertainment championship was initiated by the late Cyril Beere and Peter Hartley of Barnard Castle Band, who together with Dr. Roy Newsome as Music Advisor, had the vision to create an event which could play a part in the community life of the North East and which would offer the people of the area an opportunity to see and hear the very best exponents of the brass band world. In 2016 the event has grown to become a 2-day festival including themed concerts, taster sessions and workshops for young people, a gala concert and a contest for 12 top bands.

The 40th Brass in Concert weekend takes place on Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th November. To book please visit or Sage Gateshead Ticket Office either in person (open from 12noon) or by calling 0191 443 4661. Tickets for the taster sessions and workshops can be booked directly with Brass in Concert at

Programme of Events:


9am -2.15pm, Brass Workshops      
Workshops and a concert by young people on Sage Gateshead’s Concourse led by Philip Harper and principal players from Cory Band, the World number 1. Concourse performance from 1.30pm-2.15pm.

11am - 1.15pm, Taster Sessions on the Concourse 

An opportunity to blow an instrument ranging in size from Soprano Cornet to a Bb Bass.

11am-12noon, Dublin Silver Band from USA – Mini

The 2015 USA entertainment champions provide the music in the Northern Rock Foundation Hall.

2.30pm- 3.15pm, Youth Brass in Concert       
Youth Brass 2000 take centre stage on the Concourse presenting a colourful performance of their winning programme at the 2016 Youth Entertainment Championship.

3.45pm-4.45pm, Brass Band Schoonhoven Coffee and Cake Concert        
The recently crowned Netherlands Champions, Brass Band Schoonhoven from the Silver City entertain with a Coffee and Cake Concert in the Northern Rock Foundation Hall.

5pm-6pm, Stavanger
The 2015 Norwegian entertainment and presentation champions entertain the early evening audience on the Concourse.

7pm-9.15pm, World of Brass in Concert with Black Dyke Band       
The legendary Black Dyke Band under their Principal Conductor and Director, Professor Nicholas Childs with special guest, James Morrison, multi instrumentalist and jazz great are the welcome visitors to Sage One.  


9am-6.30pm, The 40th Brass in Concert Championship
Playing order:
Dublin Silver
Brighouse and Rastrick
Grimethorpe Colliery
Reg Vardy
Brass Band Schoonhoven
Virtuosi GUS
Hammonds Saltaire
Carlton Main Frickley Colliery
Each band will play a 23 minute programme of music of their own choice and will be assessed on quality of performance, programme content and entertainment and presentation. A separate adjudicator will judge soloists. A feast of new music ranging from the classics to the pops and likely to feature as many as 25 new compositions/arrangements.

1 comment :

  1. On first seeing that picture at thumbnail size on the blog, I thought it was a rather intricate tattoo - enlarging it reveals it to be an view of Sage One stage from an intersting angle...

    ... should have gone to Specsavers!


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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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