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Bebop Spoken There

George Shearing: "Speaking about Johann Sebastian Bach I think he'd be a real jazzer if he were alive today. I mean any man who has two wives, twenty kids, gets kicked out of the church for being too harmonically radical and drinks beer can't be all wrong can he?" - (Crescendo March 1984.)

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Today Thursday December 12

Afternoon

Jazz

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Road, Holystone NE27 0DA. Tel: 0191 266 6173. 12:00pm. Free.

Note earlier time for this week only!

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Evening

Jazz

Hot Club du Nord - Lubetkin Theatre, East Durham College, Willerby Drive, Peterlee SR8 2RN. Tel: 0191 518 2000. 7:00pm. £10.00. (£5.00. under 18s). 'Jazz at the Lubetkin'.

Gala Big Band - Gala Theatre & Cinema, Millennium Place, Durham DH1 1WA. Tel: 03000 266 600. 7:30pm. £10.00. (£8.00. concs.). ‘Gala Big Band Does Christmas’.

Durham University Big Band - Dunelm House, New Elvet, Durham DH1 3AN. Tel: 0191 334 1777. Free. 7:30pm. ‘Jazzy Christmas’.

Indigo Jazz Voices - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £5.00. (£2.00. student).

Maine Street Jazzmen - Sunniside Social Club, Hollywell Lane, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5NJ. Tel: 0191 488 7347. 8:30pm. Free.

Tees Hot Club w. Gus Smith (vocals); Dave Stansfield (tenor sax); Ted Pearce (keys) - Dorman’s Club, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Tel: 01642 823813. 8:30pm. Free.

New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees TS18 4AW. 8:30pm. £2.50.

Blues/Soul/Funk/Etc.

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

Saturday, May 24, 2014

New Book on Saxophone Harmonics

Pepe Greenaway, who recently returned to the north east, is in the process of publishing a book on saxophone harmonics. Here is an introduction to the book as well as a YouTube snippet
Q. How have you got to this stage of playing.
A. Well, I love Coltrane, mean really love him like a father, and Eric Dolphy, Elvin Jones, anybody who's had anything to do with jazz machine. Alice, Ravi, Darren. People who speak this language I take as part of my extended family, that way you understand them.
Q. Can you tell us about B5, B6, B9, B10 harmonics?
A. Well, I started playing at 18. and was introduced to Nigel Carter, lead trumpet with the BBC radio orchestra, and always wanted to play trumpet. The last conversation I had with Nigel was, "But the 10th interval is sharp 11th, his answer was, " It could be ". So I've been playing trumpet. for the last 5 years, and it's a Lydian dominant series, look up George Russell, there's a whole book on it.
Nigel gave me a copy of Sigurd M. Rascher's Top-Tones for Saxophones, so when I got to CAT (College of Arts and Technology) in Newcastle I was practising this and other tutors for 2 years under Brian Whittle.
I keep the 1st 4 pedal notes  Bb, B, C, Db, to Lydian dominant, but build harmonics after that on an altered series.
Q. So do you think everyone will play harmonics like this in the future?
A, Yes. You could say it's a pity I'm not a time traveller, cause I could give Eric Dolphy a copy, you know he had all those problems with harmonics on alto and tuning his horn, all his complex harmony would have suddenly become clear, as it was he practically ruined every album he was on, apart from anything he did on bass clarinet. He was the best bass clarinettist. In fact that's the clearest proof, he applied his harmony as he would to bass clarinet and it didn't work on alto.
Lance.
PS: Hear Pepe and Jazz Machine at Victoria Hotel, Whitley Bay  (3rd and 4th Tuesdays each month).

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