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Bebop Spoken There

Artie Shaw: “I'm not interested in giving people what they want--I'm interested in making music.” – (DownBeat October 15, 1939).

Jason Marsalis: “There's so many places that this music can go and there's a lot yet to be discovered.'” – (DownBeat April 2018)

Today Tuesday March 20


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


Jam session - Jazz Café, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 8:00pm. Free.

Jazz Blowers’ Easter Concert - Hurworth Grange Community Centre, Hurworth Road, Hurworth Place, Darlington DL2 2BN. 7:00pm. £5.00. Concert in the Hadwin Lounge.

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

Tuesday, January 02, 2018

Bernicia Duo @ The Half Moon, Stakeford - January 1

Kenny Craig (tenor), Alex Heck (guitar).
What a fine way to usher in the new year. (OK 12hours late!) An excellent duo and a superb pint of Golden XPA.  Advertised and carried out as a 12noon to 3pm session this duo provided us with three action-filled three-quarters of an hour sets. A few friendships were renewed with the band & various musos in the bar, including Ashington guitarist/bandleader Mickey Balls. I had not realised that the Half Moon put on all styles of music on a regular basis. Something to look out for.

 Too many great numbers to mention them all. As I arrived there was a rainbow over the pub so Somewhere over the Rainbow went down well!  Many of the standards were covered including Fly Me to the Moon, Blue Bossa, Autumn Leaves and All of Me. Of special mention was a very soulful version of Autumn Leaves. A very polished and well thought out programme.

3pm came around all too quickly and the duo packed up the Transit. Off down the road  for a 6pm start at Gateshead with their main  band “The Chosen Few”
Alex Heck informed me he is on the Sunderland University music degree course at the Sage. He tells me that sadly the course is soon to come to an end. I'm sure these two fine performers will continue in successful music careers if their performance today was anything to go by.
John T.

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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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