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Bebop Spoken There

Ernie Wilkins: “If you don't look at the liner notes, you don't know who in the hell it is. Everybody sounds alike, that same million-note approach. Faceless.” – (Crescendo November 1975).

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Ben Williams: “A lot of jazz today has developed this allergy to simplicity. ‘If it’s simple, that means it’s not hip’ is a theme. But sometimes the simplest thing you can do is the hippest thing you can do.” – (Down Beat August 2015).

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Archives.

Today Wednesday March 22

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.
Paul Skerritt Band - 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.
John Harle and Steve Lodder - Royal Grammar School, Eskdale Tce., Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 4DX. 7pm. £20 & £10. 60th birthday tour for RGS alumnus Harl.
Chris Sharkey Trio - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £4.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Monday, November 07, 2016

The Cookers: USA Bop Masters to play Sage Gateshead!!!

(Preview by Russell)
The Cookers, America’s ambassadors of bop, are heading back to Sage Gateshead!!! The 2015 Gateshead International Jazz Festival presented America’s finest interpreters of bop in an unforgettable concert. The legendary rhythm section of George Cables, piano, Cecil McBee, double bass, and Billy Hart, drums – a dream gig in itself! – powered an amazing frontline of Billy Harper, tenor saxophone, Jaleel Shaw, alto saxophone, and two hot shot trumpeters – Eddie Henderson and David Weiss.
Veterans of literally thousands of recording dates, the band returns to Sage Gateshead one week tonight, that’s Monday 14 November. Since the band’s previous appearance at Sage Gateshead two changes to the line-up have been made without any diminution in the star-studded status of one of America’s finest exponents of the hard bop idiom. Read on to get the low down from bandleader David Weiss. The Cookers are currently in Europe and the band is heading to the UK to play four dates. Their Sage Gateshead concert appearance is first on the itinerary, that’s next Monday, 14 November. Don’t miss it, as it is 2016’s Gig of the Year! Telephone Sage Gateshead’s ticket office right now on 0191 443 4661.
Russell.
David Weiss talks to Bebop Spoken Here…                          

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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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