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Bebop Spoken There

John Tynan: "Go ahead, call me reactionary. I happen to object to the musical nonsense being peddled in the name of jazz by John Coltrane and his acolyte Eric Dolphy." - (Downbeat November 22, 1961).

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McCoy Tyner: "If anyone want to know how the three of us - Elvin, Jimmy and me - felt about John [Coltrane], listen to the music and you can hear the love and respect we had for each other. The music can really speak more than any of us." - (Melody Maker, August 19, 1967).
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Today Sunday April 23

Afternoon.
Ian Harrington (solo piano) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 12:30pm. Free.
Broken Levee - Tyne Bar, Maling St., Newcastle. 3pm. 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.
Hot Club du Nord - Village Hall, 30 High St., Swainby, Northallerton DL6 3EG. 1pm. 01642 700886. (Bubble charity)
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Evening
Darlington Big Band - Darlington Conservative & Unionist Club, Commercial St., Darlington DL3 6JG. 01325 467019. 6pm.
Maine St. Jazzmen - Seaton Sluice Social Club, Collywell Bay Rd., Seaton Sluice NE26 4QZ. 8pm. £4.
Swing at Twilight w. Minnie Fraser Quartet - Riding Mill Parish Hall, Northumberland. 7:15pm. £10. Profits to charity.
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Corner House, Heaton, Newcastle NE6 5RP. 7:00pm. Event is a book launch (Chris Cross’ Geordie Book of Magic) and a birthday party.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Thinking about Gabi & Steve @ Sage Gateshead - March 17

Gabriele Heller (vocals, electronics) & Steve Glendinning (guitar)
(Review by Russell)
The Gold Dust ticket clearly stated: Please arrive 10 minutes beforehand, otherwise you may lose your place. The queue outside the Northern Rock Foundation Hall snaked past the East Door of Sage Two stretching to the (closed) balcony bar. This, twenty minutes before the advertised start time. Clipboard types strolled hither and thither, headsets and Access All Areas tags denoting their status…these were BBC Radio 3 people.
The queue comprised M & S and Waitrose types, Radio 3 their choice of listening, early morning through to late at night. They were here at Sage Gateshead to do some thinking, free thinking. Radio 3 people continued to stroll; clipboards, headsets, AAA tags, bottled water. A senior BBC type walked purposefully towards an AAA behind-the-scenes door, produced a swipe card (confirmation of big cheese status) and disappeared beyond. Bang on ‘start time’ a junior BBC/Sage person wandered along the snaking queue checking for Gold Dust. A BBC type (headset etc) breezed up the stairs from concourse to AAA door, a party of thirteen keen sixth form types following close behind, disappearing beyond the AAA door. Later, the BBC type emerged from beyond, dutiful sixth form ducklings, with munch-on-the-go sandwiches, skipping along to keep up with the Radio 3 Head Duck.
Ten minutes after the advertised ‘start time’, the Northern Rock Foundation Hall’s doors opened. The M & S/Waitrose queue was on the move. A Free Thinking thinker – tweedy jacket and satchel – sauntered past, no doubt looking for a quiet spot to do some thinking. The Gold Dust seats were claimed, the stage stretching from a Steinway on the left to the presenter’s seat away to the right. Minutes before start of the live broadcast of In Tune at Free Thinking presenter Suzy Klein spoke to the M & S/Waitrose assembly: In a moment I will be speaking in my Radio 3 voice. A moment later (live on air) you couldn’t spot the difference…Radio 3 on and off air.

Lars Vogt – leader of the house band, the Royal Northern Sinfonia – sat at the Steinway, chatted to Suzy, played some Beethoven and would later be joined by some of the RNS’s wind players. Antiphon – the Tyne Valley’s Renaissance choir – sang, pianola specialist Rex Lawson, sporting ZZ Top beard, spoke to Suzy and played some tunes, the Waitrose  types craning necks to see what was going on at Lawson’s fingertips and feet. A talking head or two spoke to Suzy, making people think, for free. Radio 3 clipboards ushered the performers on and off stage, taking a break for an on-the-hour news bulletin (the headline item of a former Chancellor of the Exchequer taking up the post of editor of a newspaper met with scarcely suppressed hoots of derision), then, the jazz element emerged from an AAA door, chatted to Suzy, then played some jazz. Welcome Diachronicx. The Gabriele Heller/Steve Glendinning duo is a fixture on the Tyneside jazz scene – Gabi, vocals and a computer-generated soundscape, Steve, the accomplished guitarist. Seated, appearing to be relaxed (hearts beating fast, no doubt), Gabi and Steve acquitted themselves well. How their performance registered in Radio 3 Waitrose homes is for others to judge. Suzy Klein thanked Sage Gateshead’s Free Thinking audience then returned the listener to the studio for the final edition of this week’s Composer of the Week programmes (focusing on Peter Maxwell Davies). Broadcast done, the audience huddled around Rex Lawson’s pianola (see photo). Mr Lawson graciously answered questions about his pride and joy. Lars Vogt made his way over to Sage One to prepare for a concert performance with the RNS of Beethoven, Haydn and Prokofiev to be broadcast live on Radio 3. More Free Thinking to come this weekend including a live broadcast of Jazz Record Requests (Saturday, Radio 3, 4:00pm) presented by Alyn Shipton featuring a live performance by pianist Paul Edis. 
Russell.                                                 


3 comments :

  1. About thirty years ago, Different struck up a conversation with me on a coach coming back from London. I know he was called Different cos he kept saying 'I'm Different'.
    He'd been to Knebworth which was the nearest equivalent to Glastonbury at the time and, no disrespect to Cliff and his fans, but he felt he was out of place amongst the gods of rock Clapton, Phil Collins and Paul McCartney. No disrespect to Sir Eric, Phil and Sir Paul but, excepting the late sixties, early seventies and about four minutes in 1966 respectively, I felt Sir Cliff was in precisely the correct company.
    When he asked why I'd been to London I told him I'd been to see the Ojays, who he'd never heard of, despite four of five sizeable UK hits in the preceding decade and a half. A soul group I advised him. Phil Collins did some soul he said no he didn't I didn't waste my time.
    He told me his name again and I often wonder if he ever spotted any irony, or whether he shops at M and S or Waitrose.

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  2. Nothing wrong with shopping at M & S or Waitrose. Nothing wrong with being a Radio 3 listener. I agree with Russell that there may be a big overlap (think Venn diagrams) between these three groups - and told Russell so in person yesterday. I think you may also find that the average punter attending jazz gigs in the UK will fit into at least one of the circles in this triumvirate of associations!

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  3. I wish I could afford to shop at M+S, Whenever I'm in the Toon I always get some caviar from Waitrose, but only the cheap stuff. I'm afraid my default in the car is Radio 2 but with dozens, probably now hundreds of CDs unplayed, I never listen for long.
    I do think there's a certain irony in the BBC, the most powerful Ideological State Apparatus in the Land, who spend millions of our money telling us what to think, within narrow parameters with a tiny bit of hegemony, put on an event about free thinking.
    However, anything that invokes discussion must be a good thing.

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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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