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Bebop Spoken There

Howlin' Wolf: “He [Charlie Patton] was a nice guy, but he just loved the bottle--like all the rest of the musicians. He was a great drinker.” – (DownBeat December 16, 1967).

Frank Zappa: “Those kids [US students] wouldn't know music if it came up and bit 'em on the ass.” – (DownBeat October 3, 1969).

Today Thursday April 26

Afternoon

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Road, Holystone NE27 0DA. Tel: 266 6173. 1:00pm. Free.

Tees Valley Jazzmen - No.1 Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL12 7NJ. Tel: 01388 665533. 12:30pm. Free admission.

Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society - Gateshead Central Library, Prince Consort Road, Gateshead NE8 4LN. 5:00pm. Fortnightly meetings, all welcome.

Evening

Strictly Smokin’ Big Band - Millstone, Haddrick’s Mill Road, South Gosforth, Newcastle NE3 1QL. 0191 2853229. 7pm.

Maine St. Jazzmen - Sunniside Social Club, Holywell Lane, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5NJ. 8:30pm. Free.

Bearpark Trio - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £3 (£2 student/MU.).

New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees TS18 4AW. 8:30pm.

Tees Hot Club w. Kevin Eland (tpt); Donna Hewitt (sax); Graham Thompson (keys) - Dorman’s Club, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Tel: 01642 823813. 9pm. Free.

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

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Chris Sharkey: In Progress @ The Jazz Café - Jan 24

Chris Sharkey (guitar, programming) & Matthew Bourne (Moog, keyboard)
(Review  by Russell
Gateshead born Chris Sharkey is working towards a commission which will be premiered in April at the Gateshead International Jazz Festival and reprised later in the year at the London Jazz Festival and this ‘In Progress’ event took the form of part performance, part workshop with a Q&A attached.
Guitarist Sharkey made the journey north with fellow Leeds based musician Matthew Bourne. State of the art computer programming, an array of pedals, a network of cables, a vintage, quite possibly priceless, Moog, this wasn’t going to be your regular jazz gig.
And it wasn’t!
Left-hander Chris Sharkey played a plastic body Eastwood Airline guitar. In the Q&A session, Sharkey explained that its wider neck made it more difficult to execute lines at speed. This, he explained, limited his options – as did a built-in random element in the programmed software – which is exactly what he was looking for. Far from a ‘conventional’ guitar sound, Sharkey’s ‘sound world’ interacted with Matt Bourne’s Moog and a recently purchased mini keyboard which, he said with no little self-deprecation ‘required no skill’ to play and was ideal when creating ‘a Ligeti smear’  which he duly demonstrated.Chris Sharkey’s inspiration for his current project came from multiple sources including the work of cultural theorist Mark Fisher and French philosophers of the 1970s. The ‘new’ is what Sharkey was interested in. This Newcastle Jazz Café ‘performance’ could, perhaps, question whether or not the stated objective to create something new actually succeeded. The second installment is scheduled for February 21 which will see Sharkey working with saxophonist James Mainwaring. Admission is a fiver with students getting in for free, eight o’clock start. Russell


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