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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, March 22, 2018

SNJO April concerts

Kenny Wheeler's "Sweet SisterSuite
Featuring Laura Jurd on Trumpet and Irini Arabatzi on vocals.
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The Music of Mary Lou Williams with Brian Kellock on piano
April 20 - 22nd in Glasgow, Aberdeen and Edinburgh at 19:30hrs.
(Press release)
Sweet Sister Suite was specially commissioned by the SNJO in 1997 and composed by the late Kenny Wheeler with parts for trumpet and voice alongside improvised elements from other orchestra members.
The SNJO are delighted to perform this wonderful music again with award winning trumpet player, Laura Jurd and singer Irini Arabatzis and to contrast it completely with music by one of the most admired and respected women in jazz history: Mary Lou Williams.

Kenny Wheeler was a Canadian composer and trumpet player, based in the U.K. from the ‘50s. A major figure in modern jazz, his reticent nature belied the touch of chaos present in his lyrical compositions. A critic once remarked: “Few musicians have made more noise with less fuss”.
Mary Lou Williams (b.1910) was one of the first successful women in jazz. Known as “the first lady of the jazz keyboard”. She was an American jazz pianist, who composed and arranged hundreds of scores and recorded >100 records. She wrote for Duke Ellington and Benny Goodman and was friend, mentor, and teacher to Thelonious Monk, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, and Dizzy Gillespie.
These concerts contrast two different kinds of jazz demonstrating continuity of the form and its startling capacity for reinvention. Wheeler and Williams were career jazz musicians who belonged to quite different eras but they both created jazz music with purpose, vision and emotional resonance that marked their respective jazz times.
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NB we operate a  Free Ticket policy for ALL schoolchildren to encourage schools and families to attend and in addition ANYONE aged 16 - 25yrs inclusive, can buy tickets for only £5 with a SNJO youth card via our website www.snjo.co.uk

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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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