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Bebop Spoken There

Oscar Peterson: "I find most pianists use too many notes in a chord. They double up an awful lot" - (Crescendo May 1963).

Benny Green (British): "...there was a whole race of men who used to stand in front of their bands, waving their arms, pretending to conduct ... Many of the bandleaders we had worked for had been either crooks or imposters ... " - (Crescendo March 1963).

Today Friday September 21

Afternoon

Rendezvous Jazz - Monkseaton Arms, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. Tel: 0191 251 3928. 1:00pm. Free.

Zoë Gilby Trio - Bishop Auckland Town Hall, Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL14 7NP. Tel: 03000 269 524. 1:00pm. £5.00.

Ladies of Midnight Blue - Seven Stories, National Centre for Children's Books, Lime Street, Newcastle NE1 2PQ. Tel: 03000 3301095. 11:00am. £5.00.

Paul Edis - The Lit & Phil, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SE. Tel: 0191 232 0192. 1:00pm. £5.00. Edis, solo piano.

Evening

Ronnie Scott's All Stars - Middlesbrough Theatre, The Avenue, Linthorpe, Middlesbrough TS5 6SA. Tel: 01642 815181. 8:00pm. £22.50.

Groove-a-matics - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

George Shovlin & the Radars + Broken Levee - The Peacock, High St West, Sunderland SR1 3ES. Tel: 0191 511 1451. 7:00pm. £10.00. (+ £1.00. b/f). New blues venue.

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

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Great Exhibition Of The North Opening Night @ Sage Gateshead - June 22

(Report by Ann Alex)
Lance and I had tickets for this. So did (hundreds?) of other people, all crowded into Sage Gateshead, sporting pink armbands. We had access to screens showing crowds and events on the Newcastle quayside, a free film in Sage Two, two bands in Sage One, food stalls selling (1) delicious cod goujons and chips, stall (2) selling roasted meats (3) real ale. From the concourse came the tones of the Soundscape, Mark Fell’s Protomusic # 1, ‘sonic structures, based on real sounds of the North’ it says, in other words, trains, bridge sounds, industrial sounds, and also sounds from musical instruments, drums and the voice of one Ann Alexander, (see poster) though you wouldn’t know it, as when I recorded this, I simply had to make strange sounds, not singing. (No cheeky comments please!) We saw few people from either folkie or jazzy circles, and lots of young people were present, which was heartening.
The film was an amination, black and white, telling the story of a man and his dog, travelling up river through the bridges on the Tyne, very entertaining, and suitable for both children and adults. It’s being shown many more times, twice a day, highly recommended. A discussion followed, in which the filmmakers described how the film had been made.
Then to Hall One, to hear the bands Nightmares On Wax, supported by Skinny Pelembe (see photo). The latter were 3 women and 2 men, on keys, guitar, bass guitar, conga and percussion, and drums. The music was enjoyable, by skilled musicians, with a riff-driven, African sound, and some rap.

The main band leader introduced Nightmares on Wax by saying ‘Welcome to my house’. And indeed there were 2 singers at the front in armchairs, and also keys, drums and electronics, 5 musicians. This band used video and lots of lights among the audience. The song Back To Nature had many natural scenes, mostly from Africa, and Tomorrow Seems So Far showed various futuristic patterns and buildings. The style was rap-like, with a booming deep beat which entered your body and which I found uncomfortable, although the music was good. So we left before the end, in case the deep beat brought on heart attacks!

There were even more crowds on the concourse than before, and the screens showed a drummer among the crowds on the quayside, mostly happy people, although we laughed at some faces, which seemed oblivious to all the fun around them. What is it about the British?

There was more to come, fireworks at 10pm and a rock band playing from a barge on the river, but it had been a long night, and the Metro was calling. This was an excellent start to the exhibition and I’m looking forward to the other events. For instance, there’s a day of folk music at the Sage on July 28. I haven’t noticed much jazz, but you never know, watch this space.
Ann Alex

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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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Lance (Who wishes it to be known that he is not responsible for postings other than his own and that he's not always responsible for them.)
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