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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 Sunday March 18


Musicians Unlimited - Park Inn, Park Road, Hartlepool TS26 9HU. Tel: 01429 233126. 12 noon. Free.

Jason Isaacs & the Ambassadors of Swing - Hoochie Coochie, Pilgrim Street, Newcastle NE1 6SF. Tel: 0191 222 0130. 5:30pm (doors 4:00pm). £16.00.

Revolutionaires - Tyne Bar, Maling St, Newcastle NE6 1LP. 3pm. Free.

Somethin’ Blue - Vesuvio, 3a Houndgate, Darlington DL1 5RL. 5:00pm. Tel: 01325 788564. Matt Case (saxophone) & Mike Hepple (guitar).


POSTPONED DUE TO WEATHER! Zoë Gilby Quartet - Black Bull, Bridge Street, Blaydon NE21 4JJ. 8:00pm. £5.00. Rescheduled August 19.

Alter Ego - The Globe, 11 Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £5.00.

Bradley Johnston - The Fire Station, High Street West, Sunderland SR1 3DT. Tel: 0191 594 7241. 6:00pm. Free. New weekly residency.

Gypsy Dave Smith - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

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

Monday, November 10, 2014

Pannonica @ The Bridge Hotel. November 9

Zoe Gilby (vocals), Paul Edis (piano), Andy Champion (double bass) & Adrian Tilbrook (drums). 
(Review by Russell/photos courtesy of Ken Drew).
This was some occasion! A sparkling, luminescent Zoe Gilby presented Pannonica, a personal response to Carmen McRae’s Carmen Sings Monk album. Accompanied by a stellar line-up – Paul Edis (keyboards), Andy Champion (double bass) and Adrian Tilbrook (drums) – Ms Gilby delighted a full house with expressive singing and many insights into the making of McRae’s late-career recording and the lives of the bop era musicians associated with Thelonious Monk and their loyal patron ‘Pannonica.’
In Walked Bud opened the programme with beautifully crafted solos from pianist Paul Edis and bassist Andy Champion. Gilby spoke of the alternative titles on McRae’s 1988 album (copyright restrictions etc.) and, as Frank Sinatra did so diligently throughout his career, name-checked the lyricists (the first tune, with lyrics by Jon Hendricks, re-titled   Suddenly). Little Butterfly (Hendricks’ lyrics) emerged chrysalis-like from the Monk original Pannonica. Ah! Pannonica. Well, plain little old Kathleen Annie Pannonica de Koenigswarter (née Rothschild) left England for New York following the break up of her marriage. Largely disinherited, Pannonica, lived the life. Patron, friend, (lover?) of Monk and other shooting-star talents devoted a life to bebop. 
I Mean You (You Know Who, Coleman Hawkins/Jon Hendricks) swung non-stop; Edis, Champion and drummer Adrian Tilbrook couldn’t be bettered. Time, sensitivity, swing, the perfect accompanists. McRae’s take on Blue Monk (lyrics Abbey Lincoln), Ugly Beauty, tune after tune, Gilby pitched it just right and worked a broader canvas departing occasionally from McRae’s inspirational album. Think of One (When I Think of One) stood out, but so did many others. McRae’s The Ballad of Thelonious Monk closed the programme. All four musicians at the Bridge Hotel excelled on a magical evening. 

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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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