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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.

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

GIJF Day 3: Way in to the Way Out

(Review by Russell)
Why do musicians do what they do? Why do some musicians take the hard road? The life of an improvising musician, particularly those on the free scene, is hardly the road to riches. As someone once said: No turn left unstoned. Pianist Alexander Hawkins and Corey Mwamba (vibes) are two such musicians; youthful, spirited, keen students of the history of the music.
A keen crowd gathered in the Music Education Centre in the bowels of the Sage to listen to the duo talk about their formative influences, first gigs and the attraction of being On the Outside. Hawkins spoke of his love of Fletcher Henderson, his interest in stride piano and the socio-political aspects of jazz in America focusing on the migration north of black musicians from New Orleans, to Chicago and on to New York seeking freedom from the discrimination prevalent in the Deep South.
Mwamba talked about his first gigging experiences playing in New Orleans/Dixieland and swing bands. He borrowed recordings from his local library, he discovered Lionel Hampton and Red Norvo and admitted to something of a blind spot with regard to Bird. He certainly knows his instrument, not just musically but in terms of the history of the design and build mechanics of the vibraphone. Tracing developments in the jazz lineage through bebop to hard bop to the free pioneers (Ornette, Dolphy and Joe Harriott) Hawkins and Mwamba condensed a big subject into ninety entertaining minutes.    
Russell.                     

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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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