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Gene Ramey: "McShann stomped off at a fast tempo. This wasn't one of those slow-trains-through-Arkansas tempos, this was like that train between Chicago and Milwaukee. I mean fast." - (Stanley Crouch: Kansas City Lightning - The Rise and Times of Charlie Parker. Pub. Harper Collins 2013).

Dana Hall: "My philosophy is that everyone in the band is a drummer." - (DownBeat November 2018.)

Today Tuesday October 23

Afternoon

Classic Swing - The Ship, Front St., Monkseaton NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free.

Evening

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

Monday, September 17, 2018

Early Birds @ Lit and Phil, Newcastle - Sept. 15.

Paul Edis (alto, MD), James Metcalf (trumpet), Alex Thompson (tenor), Ben Lawrence (piano), Alex Shipsey (bass), Dylan Thompson (drums).
(Review by Steve T)
Didn't want this tiny slice of history, tucked away from the glare, to pass off entirely unnoticed. It was the final performance of long-term Early-Bird stalwarts James Metcalf and Alex Thompson, together with the last remaining original member Ben Lawrence, who started out on trumpet - what must seem to them like - all those years ago.
Four pieces this morning and Lay Over, from Alex Thompson - who almost stole the show in Seaham last week - was as good as any of them. Up Jumped Spring by Freddie Hubbard, a hero of James, was followed by a great horn led version of This Masquerade, from the beginning of George Benson's brief jazz-funk period before he went disco/pop/MOR, which previous incantations of the band have played. Finally, a lively Kenny Dorham piece called Basheer's Dream, as transcribed by James, though he wasn't sure who wrote it.                                      
Despite the absence of a couple of stars from the original group, or maybe because of it, this latest lineup turned out to be a solid all-round band, a whisker short of a proper headline act.
None of these Birds leaving the nest are pursuing music in their choice of studies, but I've no doubt they'll all make a big impact on their respective university scenes in Nottingham, York and Durham, and we wish them all the best.
The responsibility of the Early Birds now rests with remainers Alex Shipsey and Dylan Thompson, together with whoever Dr Edis rustles up to continue the legacy, so plenty cause for optimism for the future.  
Steve T

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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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