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Paul Desmond (As recalled by Marian McPartland): "I went up to him [Dave Brubeck] and said, 'Man, like Wigsville! You really grooved me with those nutty changes.' And Brubeck replied, 'White man speak with forked tongue.'" – (Down Beat February 1998).

Charles Brown "They tell me that everything you get after 70 is grace" - (Down Beat February 1998).

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Today Friday August 26

Afternoon
Rendezvous Jazz - Monkseaton Arms, Whitley Bay NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free. 0191 2513928.
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Tall Ships, Bandstand, Blyth. 12 noon, 2:00pm Free.
Anth Purdy (swing guitar) - Tall Ships, Beach, Blyth. 3:30pm Free.
Ushaw Durham Jazz Festival inaugural event. Full details at: www.ushaw.org.
Beth Macari - Bill Quay Beer & Music Festival, Bill Quay Cricket Club, Hall Terrace, Gateshead. Tel: 0191 438 2922. 4:00pm. £5.00. Macari & others
Evening
Nick Pride Trio - Tall Ships, Dun Cow Stage, Blyth. 6pm Free.
Anthony Stringer ‘An Evening of Swing’ - The Glass Yard, National Glass Centre, Liberty Way, Sunderland. SR6 0GL. Tel: 0191 515 5555. 7:30pm. £27.50. Three course meal & welcome drink.
Ruth Lambert/Stu Collingwood - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle NE1 1RQ. 6pm Free. 0191 2331010.
Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington. 7:00pm.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Friday, March 01, 2013

New Independent Vocal Jazz Academy

The first British and International Vocal (Jazz) Academy workshop course will take place from Sunday 7 April 2013 with rolling enrolment thereafter.
Where:           West London

When:Fortnightly on Sundays

Who for:         Around 12 individuals who are serious about developing their knowledge and skills with a view to creating successful jazz performance – all styles.
Why:               BIVJA is keen to encourage mature students as well as young people at the start of their careers.
There are very few bespoke courses for vocalists who wish to empower themselves with a greater understanding of the rhythm section, band leading and performance confidence.
Is it for me?    Call for an informal chat on 020 8992 1571 (leave message and we’ll call you back).
Further course details: www.veronachard.com/bivja
Scholarship:
One full scholarship will be awarded per term
This is a high quality enterprise implementing the skills and experience of a full rhythm section. A course for those who wish to acquire a greater understanding of the working of that rhythm section plus harmony, aural, jazz music theory and jazz style through practical sessions integrating performance, history, vocal technique and all ‘tools of the trade’.
UNIQUE
BIVJA promotes a safe but challenging environment and it’s different because of its very  'hands on' approach. As the course develops ALL students will have acquired some practical knowledge of piano, bass, kit and percussion playing and band leading skills in addition to vocal and technical skills.
Sessions will be followed by a de-brief, student feedback, career support and Q+A - again a unique opportunity
Specialist workshops:
Participants will have access to workshops on specific skills such as PA set up and mixing and workshops with visiting professional singers, instrumentalists and mentors.
The support group created by this enterprise will assist students in self-promotion and performance opportunities.
Schedule:
The course runs for 7 x 6 hourly sessions plus one performance session per term. The course allows us to accommodate working musicians and freelancers plus students and those in regular employment.
Course founder:
Verona Chard LRAM, Dip Ram studied at Trinity Laban and the Royal Academy of Music and is a jazz / classical crossover singer, lyricist, actor promoter and vocal coach. She has performed internationally – most recently at the Kathmandu Jazz Conservatory Festival in Nepal at the Pizza Express Jazz Club, Soho, London.
She sits on the MU Jazz Section committee, is an Equity member and visiting expert coach on X Factor Poland and at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, London on the BA (Hons) Acting course - Musical Theatre Pathway. She also collaborates with award winning jazz singer Claire Martin OBE and pianists John Horler, Gareth Williams and Chris Neill.
Thank you for your interest.
Please contact us as below:
Best Wishes,
BIVJA Director -

Verona Chard – 020 8992 1571 – leave message, and contact details

07985 440902

Course will initially take place at:
Ealing House 33, Hanger Lane, London W5 3HJ  - Room 24 – this room is accessible from street level. There is one step into the front of the building and we will help wheelchair users to access the building as requested.
Parking available in adjacent streets and there is good public transport – North Ealing, Ealing Common and Ealing Broadway.

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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.
The idea of this blog is for you to share your thoughts and pass on your comments on discs, gigs, jazz - music in general. If you've been to a gig/concert or heard a CD that knocked you sideways please share your views with us. Tell us about your favourites, your memories, your dislikes.
Lance (Who wishes it to be known that he is not responsible for postings other than his own and that he's not always responsible for them.)
Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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