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Bebop Spoken There

Jim Hall: "Won't play loud, can't play fast" - (From one of the great guitarist's business cards brought to our attention by Roly Veitch).

Joel Harrison: “It’s incredibly hard to play bebop on guitar, harder than on saxophone.” – (Jazz Times August 2015)

Sir Thomas Beecham: "Forget about the bars. Look at the phrases, please. Remember that bars are only the boxes in which the music is packed" - (Beecham Stories by Harold Atkins & Archie Newman. Robson Books, 1978).

Today Wednesday June 28

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.
Chris Sharkey Trio - Jazz Café. 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £5/Students free - voluntary donation.
Levee Ramblers NOJB - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:30pm. £3.00.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Jazz Café Press Release

A busy and varied programme next week at The Jazz Cafe with the return of a long-established regular event on Tuesday, a unique one-off on Saturday and a Cafe debut for a re-named Tyneside trio on Friday. In the following week, on the 27th, look out for the return of award-winning pianist Mark Pringle, not with his trio but with trumpet playing partner Tom Syson. Unusually for one of our duos this one is on a short national tour, their next stop after The Cafe being the Royal Festival Hall on London's South Bank.

Tuesday 17th  January 8.00pm –  Tuesday Jam – Admission Free. The first Tuesday Jam after the Christmas break and guitarist Mark Williams joins house trio regulars Paul Grainger (bass) and Russ Morgan (drums) in extending a warm welcome to all jazz instrumentalists and singers to join them and jam together. A great night's entertainment guaranteed. (Peter Gilligan will return to Tuesday Jam on 21st March, not this week as the Guardian Guide says.)                                                                   

Thursday 19th January 8.00pm– The Thursday Session – Admission Free –  This will be the final chance to enjoy one of these Thursday Sessions which will not be continuing after tonight. All Traditional Folk musicians welcome. Bring an instrument and join in or just sit back and enjoy the music.                                                                                                                                                                             
Friday 20th January  9.00pm –Triggerlawross –  Admission Free. Pianistic polymath Alan Law’s re-named trio offers original compositions plus freer improvisatory moments and - with the musicians' shared history of playing with Newcastle's thriving Latin scene - plenty of good time grooves alongside the artier treats. The other members are bassist Katy Trigger and drummer Matti Ross. 

Saturday 21st January 9.00pm  Jazz North East & The Jazz Cafe present  Dutch Treat - £3.00 on the door.
On Sunday 22nd nine Dutch and two UK musicians will be performing all afternoon & evening at the Lit & Phil in Jazz North East's 'Going Dutch' event for which they will be rehearsing at The Jazz Cafe on Saturday afternoon.

In the evening, at The Cafe, an as yet unknown number of the eleven will be reviving the music of Sean Bergin and Chris McGregor, exiles from apartheid South Africa. Bergin settled in Amsterdam and had a major influence on the jazz scene there.McGregor and The Blue Notes settled in London, merging with the top British players to create the great Brotherhood of Breath big band. Expect a unique blend of township jazz, bebop and free.

Booking Now:
Fri 27/1 - Mark Pringle / Tom Syson Duo £5
2/2 - Gerry Richardson Big Idea £6 / £4 under 18s
Jazz Cafe from noon Tues to Sat. 0191 222 9882

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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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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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