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Bebop Spoken There

Jackie Paris: "A singer's got to be able to tell a story. Frank Sinatra and Nat Cole are best at that; Mel Tormé too. I like to take a lyric that means something and sing it right to the person it was meant for." - (DownBeat October 11, 1962).


Daily: July 6 - October 27

Precarity John Akomfrah’s film (2017, 46 mins) about Buddy Bolden - Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead Quays, South Shore Road, Gateshead NE8 3BA. Tel: 0191 478 1810. Screenings at intervals during the day. Part of Akomfrah's exhibition Ballasts of Memory. Exhibition (daily) July 6 - October 27. 10:00am-6:00pm. Free.

Today Monday September 16



Precarity John Akomfrah’s film (2017, 46 mins) about Buddy Bolden (see above).

Jazz in the Afternoon - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free admission.



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Thursday, January 26, 2012

Pete Gilligan/Mark Williams @ Hoochie Coochie.

Pete Gilligan (pno); Mark Williams (gtr)
This was superb even though I didn't always recognize the tunes - neither Mark nor Pete are given to on-stage verbosity and there were moments when I guessed wrongly!
Nevertheless, it was a stormer with both players hitting one hundred and eighty particularly on the bebop numbers such as Bud's Bubble and Pete's signature dish - Anthropology. The unison passages between guitar and piano as well as the interplay and the inevitable fours made the old Dizzy Gillespie number the highlight of the night.
Not far behind were Chick Corea's Spain, Jarrett's Memories of Tomorrow and a couple of Metheny's as well as Herbie Hancock's Cantaloup Island.
Pete's back again next Thursday hosting a jam session in place of the previously advertised Frith Street.
This Sunday (Jan. 29) it's The Fantastics - an exciting jazz/funk/soul mix - and it's free!
Photos by Kaveh Emami.

1 comment :

Anonymous said...

I arrived late at this gig but got a very nice surprise when I walked in. It was like one of those (rare) occasions in a European city when you happened to wander into a small club and find a really great jazz band playing. This felt like a jazz club. There was small but reasonable crowd and no loud talking. The focus was all on the stage and the musicians and they just played - superbly.
'Anthropology' was terrific and 'Spain' a great way to finish.

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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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