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Bebop Spoken There

Piers Paul Read: "Bruce Reynolds and Biggs shared an interest in Sex, Jazz and Hemingway." - (The Train Robbers by Piers Paul Read, Coronet Books 1979.)

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 July 19

Afternoon

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Road, Holystone NE27 0DA. Tel: 266 6173. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Maine St. Jazzmen - Sunniside Social Club, Holywell Lane, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5NJ. 8:30pm. Free.

Alexys de Alfaro: Guitar Dreams with Coco Vega - Prohibition Bar, Arch 3, Brandling Street, Gateshead NE8 2BA. Doors 7:00pm. A ‘jar on the bar’ gig. Guitar & percussion.

Alter Ego - St James’ & St Basil’s Church, Fenham Hall Drive, Newcastle NE4 9EJ. 7:30pm. £10.00.

Jesse Bannister Quartet - Jazz Café, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 8:00pm. £10.00. (£8.00. concs.). JNE.

Northern Monkey Brass Band - Jubilee Park, Spennymoor DL16. 6:00-9:00pm. Free. Big BRASS Bash (Durham Brass Festival).

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

Tees Hot Club w. Donna Hewitt (alto); Josh Bentham (tenor); Dave Archbaid (keys) - Dormans Club, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Tel: 01642 823813. 9pm. Free.

Jazz Jam - Fire Station, High Street West, Sunderland SR1 3DT. Tel: 0191 594 7241. 8pm. Free.

Billy's Buskers: Plug in and Play - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 7:00pm. Free.

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

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Improvisers’ Workshop @ Jazz Café. September 9

(Review by Russell).
The Jazz Café’s monthly improv workshop has quickly established itself on the local scene. September’s event attracted familiar faces and one or two newcomers. Led by John Pope (double bass) and percussionist Wes Stephenson, the numerous participants worked in a series of duos, trios, quartets and larger ensembles.
Alpine kazoo cast aside inhibition to join Pope and Stephenson and before long alto, soprano and flute threw caution to the wind and their collective improv hat into the ring. 
Pianist Alan Law walked in and formed a lyrical ‘triette’, no, a ‘triage’ someone said to much laughter, with Pope and Karen Rann (soprano). Pope and Jeff Smith (flute) paired-up, so too Nigel (‘small toys’ and voice) and a ukulele. Stephenson vacated the drum chair to focus his attention on a bottle of Price Bishop, leaving the way clear for Christian Alderson to pick-up the sticks and interact with erstwhile musical partner Paul Taylor (piano). Alderson’s ‘extended technique’ included playing the hitherto unnoticed wall-mounted radiator. 
Last month’s welcome contributor – pocket trumpet man Andrew – arrived and in no time struck a musical conversation with Colin (alto), Rann and Smith. Ian Forbes popped his head round the door, took one look, and, being Forbesy, promptly left.
Davide sat front row, later to announce himself as a drummer – his thunderous approach added an extra dimension. ‘Shakey’ Ann Alex belatedly got in on the action (shakey eggs, flute, hand-clap and dunked biscuit). The finale featured everyone including the late arrival bass clarinetist lurking at the door. October’s session is on Tuesday 14 (8:00pm).  
Russell.

3 comments :

Anonymous said...

Russell, I'd love to be able to play the flute, what I played was the tin whistle, the flute is held sideways on. I don't remember the biscuit! I thought this event was as much drama as music, very interesting.
Ann Alex

Russell said...

Hi Ann

Flute? Tin whistle?

Russell The Unobservant

1paultay said...

The description of me as Christian's "erstwhile" musical partner is fortunately inaccurate. Although it's ages since The Long Lonesome Go have played live, we are still an active unit, albeit currently sporadically and mainly in the practice room. We will eventually reconvene on stage. Watch this space: https://soundcloud.com/the-long-lonesome-go

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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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