Total Pageviews

Bebop Spoken There

Lou Donaldson: "(On Art Blakey) Everything changed. Especially when the women came in, sat down in the front row, and raised their skirts above their knees. Then the drums got louder, the tempos got faster, and every tune was a drum solo" - (JazzTimes, November 2019.)

Archive

Today Saturday December 14

Afternoon

Jazz

Anth Purdy - Isabella Community Centre, Ogle Drive, Blyth NE24 5JF. Tel: 01670 543773. 11:00am-1:00pm. Free. Christmas Fair.

Jazz Attack - Sage Gateshead, St Mary's Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR. Tel: 0191 443 4661. 3:30pm. Free (concourse). Young Musicians Live! YMP Winter Festival.

Jambone - Sage Gateshead, St Mary's Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR. Tel: 0191 443 4661. 4:00pm. Free but ticketed (Sage Two). Young Musicians Live! YMP Winter Festival.

Evening

Strictly Smokin’ Big Band - Gosforth Civic Theatre, Regents Farm Road, Gosforth, Newcastle NE3 3HD. Tel: 0191 284 3700. 8:00pm. £12.00. + bf. Second night of two.

Sold Out!

-----

Blues/Funk/Soul

Loft Boys - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

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

Friday, November 02, 2012

John Edwards @ King’s Hall. November 1

Improvising double bassist John Edwards visited Newcastle University to play a solo set in the popular lunchtime concert series in King’s Hall. Edwards is no stranger to fans of improvised music on Tyneside having played countless gigs for Jazz North East. This midweek performance introduced the prolific bass virtuoso to a wider audience. Edwards chose to perform one piece across forty five minutes drawing on his solo CD Volume and other works in progress. He deployed familiar extended techniques to create a constantly shifting canvas. Broad brush, palette knife, filigree detail, layer upon layer, Edwards’ sound world revealed itself to the listener. Mallet, bow, found objects - all were used to sketch an image, then another and another. Edwards worked hard, dripping sweat, massaging sweat on to and in to the body of the instrument, smearing a resinous sound, then lost in the ether.
Russell                                    

1 comment :

Andy Isham said...

John always gives it his all. He's amazing.