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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 16, 2018

The Early Birds @ The Lit & Phil - June 16

James Metcalf (trumpet); Alex Thompson (tenor saxophone); Ben Lawrence (piano); Alex Shipsey (bass); Dylan Thompson (drums) + Paul Edis (MD, alto saxophone)
(Review by Russell). 
Saturday morning, eleven o’clock, the Lit and Phil, it’s the Early Bird Band. The guys had been on the premises from nine in the morning working on one or two charts and at the appointed time the doors opened to the public. And there is a public for this workshopping band, such is the interest generated by the new wave of musicians making a name for themselves. MD Paul Edis said there would be three and a half, perhaps four numbers in the set.

Trumpeter James Metcalf led off on Witchcraft. Right behind him in the feature stakes were pianist Ben Lawrence (soon to head off to university) and the cracking young bass player Alex Shipsey. A Gerry Mulligan staple – Line for Lyons – featured robust tenor playing by Alex Thompson (another of the Early Birds about to fly the nest) with MD Edis on alto. Dr Edis took a seat in the stalls as the band played its arrangement of Robert Glasper’s arrangement of Sam Rivers’ Beatrice. Well, how good was this?! The trio – the rapidly developing pianist Ben Lawrence, bassist Shipsey and Dylan Thompson, drums – stretched out before Thompson A (tenor) stepped up, followed by Metcalf. So, how good was it? As Dr Edis rejoined the ensemble for the closing number he said: I don’t think I’m required anymore!

The Early Birds waltzed out of the Lit and Phil playing Freddie Hubbard’s Up Jumped Spring. Their next session at the Lit and Phil is on Saturday, July 14, eleven o’clock, two quid on the door. This is an opportunity to support the grassroots scene, make the effort and you’ll be pleasantly surprised by just how good these young musicians are.
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.
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