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Jeremy Pelt: "It [Birth of the Cool sessions] was bebop in sheep's clothing." - (DownBeat, December 2019).

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Today Wednesday November 13

Afternoon

Jazz

Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool - Tyneside Cinema, Pilgrim Street, Newcastle NE1 6QG. Tel: 0191 227 5500. 12:15pm. Stanley Nelson's 2019 documentary film.

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free admission.

Evening

Jazz

Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £1.00.

Swing Street - Pier Red, Castlegate, Berwick upon Tweed TD15 1LF. Tel: 01289 309168. 8:00pm. Free.

Levee Ramblers NOJB - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:15pm. £3.00.

Blues/Folk

George Shovlin & the Radars, Charts, Quayside, Newcastle NE1 3DE. Tel: 0191 338 7989. 8:00pm. Free.

Moonshine Sessions - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 8:30pm. Free.

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

Friday, October 12, 2012

Christoph Stiefel Inner Language Trio @ Lit & Phil. October 11

Christoph Stiefel (piano), Arne Huber (double bass) & Kevin Chesham (drums)
(Review by Russell).
 Jazz North East’s piano gigs at the Lit & Phil usually work well and this one, presented in association with the library, was no exception. Swiss pianist Christoph Stiefel had fulfilled a prestigious CD launch engagement at London’s Pizza Express before heading up north to play a gig at Zeffirelli’s in Ambleside. Next morning the trio, much impressed with the scenery, took to the Lakeland hills. Driving cross country Stiefel and co. arrived late afternoon in good fettle keenly anticipating their first appearance in Newcastle.
Stiefel makes much use of isorhythms (the repetition of rhythmic patterns). A significant factor in successfully deploying this technical device in trio format – and avoiding monotony – was to have a superb drummer capable of responding to Stiefel’s prominent left hand. Kevin Chesham was the man; subtle, responsive, polyrhythmic brilliance. Bassist Arne Huber chewed gum and looked disinterested. He wasn't of course – he simply had it down. The material - all Stiefel originals -  showcased the new album Christoph Stiefel Inner Language Trio Live! and a few newly composed numbers (including Titanic). Major highlights – In and Out of Order, Pensar Positivo and Isorhythm #2 (Stiefel has composed numerous Isorhythm pieces) drew spontaneous applause and the odd holler. Late into the night on their departure, the Swiss trio said how much they had enjoyed the gig and next time would welcome the opportunity to have a little more time to see Newcastle. Stiefel praised the Lit & Phil’s piano (it stayed in pitch throughout the performance). 
Note the new CD recorded live at three venues in Europe (Basho Records) features a largely different line-up. The Lit & Phil’s next concert is this evening - Friday 12 October – featuring ex-pat American vocalist Sandi Russell working with Paul Edis (piano) and Mick Shoulder (double bass). Jazz North East’s next offering - Sons of Kemet - is a joint promotion with Splinter on Sunday 14th at the Bridge Hotel.
Russell                

2 comments :

Dave Parker (on Facebook) said...

My wife and I tried to go to this concert but we are unable to get in. We were astonished to discover that the Lit and Phil does not have a ramp (even a temporary one) to allow wheelchair access to the ground floor. The members and management of the Lit and Phil society, which has a tradition of liberalism and inclusion, should be ashamed that they have failed to address this equality issue. It is 17 years since the first Disability Discrimination Act was passed.

Chris Calver said...

Response to Mr and Mrs Parker re access to the Lit and Phil.

The Literary and Philosophical Society apologises profusely and unreservedly to Mr and Mrs Parker for finding that wheelchair access to the building is at present very difficult. Over the years many schemes have been put forward to reduce or eliminate this difficulty.
Due to the Grade II* listing of the 1825 Greek revival style building the access problem has taxed the ingenuity of many committees and individuals over all the 17 years mentioned. The present stone steps were last altered in 1909, and, unfortunately, the nearly 1metre difference in height from pavement access to inside ground floor level has meant a ramped solution is not possible.
However the good news is that the Society has today, 16th October 2012, received planning and listed building approval from the City for plans submitted earlier this year. The scheme includes a wheelchair lift similar to that at the Hancock Museum, and redesigned shallower front steps which will be level with the fully accessible ground floor incorporating suitable modern facilities.
As we are an entirely independent organisation with small monetary reserves, our ongoing appeal for more than £1 million includes money to pay for and implement the necessary alterations. This will be given added impetus in 2013 which is our 220 anniversary year.
We thank Mr and Mrs Parker for the recognition that our society is liberal and inclusive and assure them that the hard work and diligence continues in order to improve our physical and intellectual access.

Chris Calver
Vice Chairman

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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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