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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.

Friday, July 06, 2018

Mavis Staples to play Newcastle’s Boiler Shop!

(Preview by Russell)
Legendary gospel and rhythm and blues singer Mavis Staples will be in concert one week from today in a Sage Gateshead promotion at Boiler Shop on South Street, Newcastle. Born into a musical family led by ‘Pops’ Staples, the early years found Chicagoan Mavis Staples singing gospel material and later the popularity of rhythm and blues won the family recording deals with prestigious labels such as Columbia and Atlantic.

In the late sixties Staples released a solo album on the hugely successful Stax label and since then has gone on to record numerous albums, some of them with the assistance of industry luminaries including   Curtis Mayfield and Prince. Inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame, sampled by hip-hop artists, if Staples decided to take it easy few would take issue. Yet, as many musicians do, Mavis Staples continues with a recording and touring schedule taking her across the world. On Friday July 13 Staples will perform at the Grade II* listed Boiler Shop, the Stephenson Works’ site of George Stephenson’s pioneering 1800s railway engineering projects. The stunning South Street venue presents a wonderful opportunity to hear one of America’s greatest living artists performing up-to-the-minute material from 2017’s CD If All I Was Was Black. 

Joining Mavis Staples at this Sage Gateshead promotion will be Benjamin Booker, a young man whose successful 2017 album Witness features Staples on the title track, and could it be that they will share a stage at some point during the evening? There is one way to find out, contact Sage Gateshead today to book your tickets – 0191 443 4666.     
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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