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Bebop Spoken There

Bootsy Collins: "I had no training at all, man. Whatever I heard in my head, that's what came out." - (DownBeat September 2018).

Madeleine Peyroux: "What I'm searching for in singing is the form of communication that doesn't come through language". - (DownBeat September 2018).

Today Sunday August 19

Afternoon

Gala Big Band - Baltic, South Shore Road, Gateshead NE8 3BA. Tel: 0191 478 1810. 11:00am.


Lambton Big Band + Lambton Little Band - The Brewery Tap, Great North Eastern Brewing Company, Contract House, Wellington Road, Dunston NE11 9HS. 3:00pm. £5.00. Four bands on bill.


Jazz Social - Charts, Quayside, Newcastle NE1 3DE. 4:00pm. New weekly jam session.


Somethin’ Blue - Vesuvio, 3a Houndgate, Darlington DL1 5RL. 5:00pm. Tel: 01325 788564. Matt Case (saxophone) & Mike Hepple (guitar).

Teresa Watson Blues Band - The Schooner, South Shore Road, Gateshead NE8 3AF. Tel: 0191 477 7404. 5:00pm. Free.

Palominos - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 3:00pm. Free.

Evening

Zoë Gilby Quartet - Black Bull, Bridge Street, Blaydon NE21 4JJ. Tel: 0191 414 2846. 8:00pm. £5.00.

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

Saturday, June 02, 2018

DJazz: The Durham City Jazz Festival: Zoë Gilby & Andy Champion - June 1

Zoë Gilby (voice); Andy Champion (double bass).
(Review by Russell). 
The second DJazz: The Durham City Jazz Festival has built upon last year’s inaugural event with a much-expanded schedule of performances and venues. The organisation is most impressive and a gig in Durham Castle’s ancient Norman Chapel proved to be an inspired choice. Tyneside vocalist Zoë Gilby together with bassist Andy Champion opened DJazz 2018 performing in the ancient 800-year-old atmospheric, intimate space. Few could have envisaged it as a viable proposition and yet it worked brilliantly.


The Windmills of Your Mind opened Gilby and Champion’s set, a set played entirely acoustically. A dimly lit space, the Norman Chapel has the most amazing acoustics. Paul Simon, Kate Bush, a few standards, the set list familiar, the duo’s performance exceptional. Talking to the audience, or in full voice singing, Gilby projected effortlessly to all corners of the room. Double bassist Champion must have relished performing in such a location; bowed bass parts conjured JS Bach, or perhaps Pablo Casals.

Ms Gilby spoke about meeting Sheila Jordan, painting a picture of the legendary American vocalist. In doing so, Nice Work If You Can Get It was dedicated to the bop era survivor. Festivals are full of riches such as this first concert, yet it was time to move on to the nearby Palace Green Library, but not before hearing Victor Young’s A Weaver of Dreams. A dream opening to DJazz 2018.           
Russell

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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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