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Bebop Spoken There

Dave Newton: "Having got my Grade 8 pretty early, it was only then that the piano was taking over. But this was happening outside of school really, as the music teacher at this particular school didn't like me or the kind of music I liked." (Jazzwise February 2019).

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Today Tuesday January 22

Afternoon

Jazz

Classic Swing - The Ship Inn, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. 0191 251 3677. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Jam session - Black Swan Bar, Newcastle Arts Centre, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SG. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 8:00pm. House trio: Mark Williams, Paul Grainger, Russ Morgan.

Alter Ego - Fox Inn, West End Terrace, Hexham NE46 3DB. Tel: 01434 603681. 8:30pm. Free (donations).

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

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Preview: Mick Shoulder Quintet @ the Black Bull, Blaydon - Nov. 18

Tomorrow (Sunday) all roads lead to the Black Bull, Blaydon (NE21 4JJ postcode for Sat Nav users) as bassist Mick Shoulder brings in his first-rate quintet to play two sets of rip-roaring bebop. 

Earlier this year Bebop Spoken Here caught the band in Bishop Auckland. What a set that was! The frontline of Graham Hardy (trumpet and flugelhorn) and tenor sax master Lewis Watson tore the place apart. The rhythm section - Shoulder, pianist Dean Stockdale and drummer Russ Morgan - is a pay-your-money gig in itself, put the five of them together and you've got yourself a contender for Gig of the Year. 


Art Blakey, Benny Golson, Wayne Shorter - are you salivating at the prospect? You should be! Tenor man Lewis Watson isn't heard often enough these days and tomorrow's gig is a rare opportunity to catch up with one of the finest.    
   
It's a fiver on the door (a fiver, what a bargain!) with the first set starting at 8:00pm prompt. Travelling from Newcastle? Right, leave the car at home, take the bus from Eldon Square Bus Station (nos. 12/12A at quarter to and quarter past the hour) and twenty minutes later you'll arrive at Blaydon Bus Station. The Black Bull is four, maybe five, minutes' walk. Treat yourself to a pint of Black Sheep and settle down for a night of stupendous jazz. Oh, yes, the ultra-reliable (and fast) return journey departs 10:55, arriving Newcastle 11:08. Telly switched-off, coat on, Blaydon here you come! 
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.
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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