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Bebop Spoken There

Artie Shaw: “I'm not interested in giving people what they want--I'm interested in making music.” – (DownBeat October 15, 1939).

Jason Marsalis: “There's so many places that this music can go and there's a lot yet to be discovered.'” – (DownBeat April 2018)

Today Tuesday March 20


Classic Swing - The Ship, Front St., Monkseaton NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free.


Jam session - Jazz Café, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 8:00pm. Free.

Jazz Blowers’ Easter Concert - Hurworth Grange Community Centre, Hurworth Road, Hurworth Place, Darlington DL2 2BN. 7:00pm. £5.00. Concert in the Hadwin Lounge.

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

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Jazz Café Jam Session October 7.

Peter Gilligan (pno); Paul Grainger (bs); Paul Wight (dms) + Richard Herdman/Bradley Johnston (gts); Matthew MacKellar (dms); Ray Johnson (tpt/flg); Will (vcl); Joel Brown (pno).
(Review by Lance).
There's always an air of anticipation prior to a jam session. Who will turn up? Will they cut it?
Tonight they cut it!
The trio provided the "Overture to a Jam Session" with My Romance; Hampton Hawes' Sonora and a sensitive rendition of Prelude to a Kiss. Sound! No problems in the engine room apart from Winnie Atwell's "other piano"!
Opening the fretting for the visitors was Bradley Johnston and a rather doomy piece entitled Saga of something or other. Not a foot-tapper. Nor was Scrapple From the Apple unless you wanted to risk breaking your ankle - it was fast.
Change of drummer and conversion of kit from southpaw to orthodox.
The newcomer was Matthew MacKellar - all of 16 year old but with the technique and flair of a seasoned pro. His reputation had preceded him (Chilli hot line) and he lived up to it as he Met Miss Jones, On Green Dolphin St finishing off with All the Things You Are.
Joel Brown was possibly even younger! sitting down at the upright and giving an impressive solo swing version of Tea For Two.
Where are they all coming from?
Ray Johnson came down from Rothbury to blow trumpet and flugel on Dear Old Stockholm and Stolen Moments along with Richard Herdman who jetted in from Leadgate complete with Gibson (175?). They were on the money.
Time for a song. Will, ex vocalist with the Lounge Lizards, gave out with Georgia and Moondance. A fine singer appreciated by those sitting down front but he needed more mic (or less band) to be heard to his best advantage by those further back.
Bradley and Richard provided a two guitar section on Anthropology then Richard played that well known Geordie love song by Cole Porter - Ye'd be so Neece to Gan Yam Te which coincided with my departure for the 22.57 Metro.

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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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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.)
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