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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, July 21, 2018

Burton Agnes Jazz Festival - July 13, 14, 15.

(Review by Sheila Herrick)
Last weekend saw another glorious celebration of Jazz and Blues, with an additional mix of soul, Latin, rock, funk and folk in an idyllic setting. Glorious weather too, appreciated especially by those camping in the adjoining field.  Burton Agnes is a delightful festival on an intimate scale with excellent facilities and a friendly, family atmosphere.
At 6:30pm on Friday,  the main stage kicked off with Tiptoe followed by rhe cleverly named ElecTrio
Matt and Carlos, a guitar duo, started Saturday afternoon off in mellow, Latin, fashion followed by Zoe Gilby and band, Zoe needs no introduction to readers of bebop spoken here, and, not surprisingly, was very well received by the audience basking in the sun and the music. Ubunye injected Zulu power to their vocals as well as a personal story.
On to Saturday evening and Jo Harrop presenting her excellent tribute to Peggy Lee both as vocalist and songwriter. 
The final main stage act was the Grammy-nominated and Emmy award winner, Billy Branch (harmonica) with the Giles Robson Band. Stunning, raw Chicago Blues and wonderful harp playing for a dancing, grooving audience.
Sunday brought Skeltr, followed by a good soul set by Kyla Brox, vocals and Danny Blomely, guitar
Atlantic Crossover, gave us their revived exposition of the Atlantic Sound and finally, the customary set from Ben Beattie's After Midnight Band plus festival organiser Simon Cunliffe-Lister on sax; a rousing finale to a great weekend. See photo.
Tickets for next year's festival, 12th to 14th July, are currently on sale at super early bird price until 31st August, from the Burton Agnes website. Recommended.
Sheila.

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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.)
Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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