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Bebop Spoken There

George Shearing: "Speaking about Johann Sebastian Bach I think he'd be a real jazzer if he were alive today. I mean any man who has two wives, twenty kids, gets kicked out of the church for being too harmonically radical and drinks beer can't be all wrong can he?" - (Crescendo March 1984.)

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Today Thursday December 12

Afternoon

Jazz

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Road, Holystone NE27 0DA. Tel: 0191 266 6173. 12:00pm. Free.

Note earlier time for this week only!

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Evening

Jazz

Hot Club du Nord - Lubetkin Theatre, East Durham College, Willerby Drive, Peterlee SR8 2RN. Tel: 0191 518 2000. 7:00pm. £10.00. (£5.00. under 18s). 'Jazz at the Lubetkin'.

Gala Big Band - Gala Theatre & Cinema, Millennium Place, Durham DH1 1WA. Tel: 03000 266 600. 7:30pm. £10.00. (£8.00. concs.). ‘Gala Big Band Does Christmas’.

Durham University Big Band - Dunelm House, New Elvet, Durham DH1 3AN. Tel: 0191 334 1777. Free. 7:30pm. ‘Jazzy Christmas’.

Indigo Jazz Voices - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £5.00. (£2.00. student).

Maine Street Jazzmen - Sunniside Social Club, Hollywell Lane, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5NJ. Tel: 0191 488 7347. 8:30pm. Free.

Tees Hot Club w. Gus Smith (vocals); Dave Stansfield (tenor sax); Ted Pearce (keys) - Dorman’s Club, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Tel: 01642 823813. 8:30pm. Free.

New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees TS18 4AW. 8:30pm. £2.50.

Blues/Soul/Funk/Etc.

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

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Jazz 625 - Stan Getz Quartet

Stan Getz (ten), Gary Burton (vibes), Steve Swallow (bs), Roy Haynes (dms).
In retrospect, this 1966 recording was probably a landmark event bringing together as it did the old and the new.
Roy Haynes, a near founder figure of the bebop movement in the late forties, Getz 'the king of cool' in the fifties and two forward thinkers of the sixties in Burton and Swallow all together at the London School of Economics. At least the student audience showed a modicum of enthusiasm compared to the embalmed bodies in search of a coffin from previous shows.
And well they should! Getz, riding high on his bossa-nova success "Desafinado" played with the sound that had been his trademark for many years and if he didn't break any new ground - that period was still on the horizon - what he did was fine by this listener.
Gary Burton, looked amazingly young and naive - in a couple of years his hair would be rockstar length and his music tailored accordingly but tonight he kept within the bounds of convention. Likewise Steve Swallow on double bass - he was positively Brooks Brothers tonight.
On drums, Roy Haynes kept it all swinging and had a well applauded solo - I wonder, has there ever been a drum solo that wasn't well applauded?
Tunes? There was "Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square" - Getz at his most languorous. "Silver Bells (or Belles)" composed and performed by Gary. A stomping "Ornithology", the inevitable "Desifinado" taken faster than on record - maybe he wanted it over and done with.
Stan also blew a wistful "When The World Was Young" and Steve worked-out on a Jobim thing.
Someone tell me - is the Bossa-Nova an actual dance like the Rhumba and Samba etc? And, if so, does anyone know how to do it?
Lance.

2 comments :

Liz said...

"Blame it on the Bossa Nova...the dance of love..." must be a bit like the rhumba, I'm sure it's a dance, pardon me whilst I do a turn around the floor!

Miles said...

Bossa Nova is Portuguese for New Trend the music came first based on the Samba followed by a dance that never became popular (Blame it on the Wikipedia.)