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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.

Thursday, June 28, 2018

JazzLeeds Festival - July 19-24.

Allan Friswell talked to Steve Crocker about the much expanded 2018 LeedsJazz Festival posted here by the kind permission of Steve Crocker.
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Steve Crocker has been a mainspring of Leeds jazz for many years. A highly experienced jazz double bass player who worked with Harry Edison, Kenny Davern, Bob Wilbur, Jimmy Witherspoon and Art Farmer amongst others, he’s also a respected radio presenter, promoter and organiser of jazz, and has worked tirelessly to encourage this music at venues throughout Leeds. He talks here about this year’s ambitious JazzLeeds Festival (July 19 – 24).
Given that there are already several major jazz festivals in the north, why do you feel Leeds needs to provide another?
Leeds has always been a fantastic city for jazz. The College of Music offered Europe’s first-ever jazz course 50 years ago and produced alumni like Alan Barnes, Dave Newton and Chris Batchelor. The first woman big band leader in the UK, Ivy Benson, was born in Leeds. There are currently 24 venues here putting on regular jazz events. But so far it’s been an undiscovered city for the outside world, whereas the festivals in other northern towns and cities have thrived. Given the extraordinary amount of high-quality music produced in Leeds, the musical talent in the city deserves to be much better known.
How did the Leeds One Day Jazz Festival go last year?
Oh, it went very well. It let us test the water with free jazz concerts in Millennium Square, jazz workshops and a ticketed evening concert. All of these proved very popular so last year’s success has given us the confidence to put on a six-day festival in the city this year.
A big programme! Tell us something about it.
We launch the festival on 19 July in one of Leeds’ jazz cradles, Seven Arts in Chapel Allerton. The opening big band, Leeds Youth Jazz Rock Orchestra led by Brendan Duffy is made up of musicians still at school, which in itself says a great deal about the healthy state of the jazz scene here. And the festival then rolls out until the following Tuesday, like a long weekend! There are three main venues - The Wardrobe, the College of Music, and Millennium Square. We’ve over 300 musicians playing in 50 bands performing everything from traditional jazz via swing dance band music through to free-improvisation. And there will be small jazz groups busking in the city and even an “Otley Jazz Run” with street band Bassa Bassa to whet appetites for free!
And Leeds has so much social history attached to its jazz which we rarely hear about. So we’ll remember Duke Ellington’s 1958 Odeon concert when he met The Queen and in her honour wrote the now rarely heard Queen’s Suite. Some people may remember Studio 20, the city’s top 1950s jazz club, now the Sela Bar, where top British jazz musicians like Ronnie Scott and Tubby Hayes would play, drink the rest of the night and go back blearily to London on the milk train! The Carriageworks is staging a special play about those days written by Leeds author Chris Nickson, along with an exhibition of many b & w photographs of the place and players by the late Leeds photographer Terry Cryer.  Then our final festival concert will be a celebration of the music of Xero Slingsby, Leeds’s late-great punk-jazz sax player featuring the Shuffledemons from Canada.
What of the New Jazz Wave coming through the festival?
We’re showcasing a number of young players who are driving up the extraordinary renewed interest in jazz not merely in London but across the country. Nubya Garcia leads the London Jazz Warriors-born group Nérija. Archipelago bring their fusion of garage-rock and avant-garde, while from Leeds we have Têtes De Pois, who play jazz with added soul and Latin / Afro beats; and Morpher, a contemporary experimental jazz trio.
How much of the Festival’s music is played by past or present College of Music students?
The College influences not just the festival but jazz performances across the UK every year. They produce amazingly creative and technically very able young jazz musicians playing everything from jazz standards to their own original material. Some stay here, others move on to settle elsewhere, of course, but the College is a superb source of UK jazz for the future.
And finally, what do you hope will be the legacy of this year’s festival?
By Leeds 2023, the city’s year-long year celebration of culture, we want to have established a still larger ten-day international jazz festival which will rival the best in the UK and the world.      


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