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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.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Scots recreate two classics – with strings attached

(Preview by Rob Adams)
Scottish saxophonist Paul Towndrow and trumpeter Ryan Quigley will recreate two historic recordings in concert on Thursday, November 27 when they perform the music from Charlie Parker with Strings and Clifford Brown with Strings at Adelaide’s Auditorium in Glasgow.
Towndrow and Quigley will take the roles of Parker and Brown respectively, accompanied by an eleven piece chamber orchestra and a jazz rhythm section, in a concert that marks the sixty-fifth anniversary of Parker’s first recording session with strings under the guidance of legendary record producer and Verve Records founder Norman Granz on November 30, 1949.
Parker had wanted to record with strings since his friend and fellow bebop pioneer, Dizzy Gillespie’s 1946 recording of four Jerome Kern songs in a similar setting that were subsequently blocked from release by Kern’s estate, and the success of Parker’s first six-track ‘with strings’ album led to another album the following year.
By the time Clifford Brown with Strings followed in 1955, the trumpeter was able to benefit from advances in studio technology. The resulting recording, featuring Brown’s regular touring rhythm section of Richie Powell (piano), George Morrow (bass), Max Roach (drums), augmented by guitarist Barry Galbraith, made the six violins, two violas and cello string ensemble sound larger than its actual size.
The Glasgow concert aims to replicate this enhanced sound and follows Towndrow’s success this summer with his Commonwealth Games project for two big bands, Pro-Am, and recent performances with his organ trio, with the ground-breaking, award-winning horn quartet Brass Jaw and with the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra.
Quigley, who is soon to release his second album as a leader on Whirlwind Recordings, has enhanced his standing as one of Europe’s foremost trumpeters with appearances in Holland’s Metropole Orkest as well as sessions and tours with Quincy Jones, the BBC Big Band, Michel Legrand, Tim Garland, Laurence Cottle, and Vince Mendoza.
“It’s really exciting to be following in such illustrious footsteps as these iconic musicians,” says Towndrow. “It’s also quite daunting but the music they created in these historic sessions and the benchmarks they established are also very inspiring. It’ll be a thrill to stand in front of an orchestra and put our own stamp on these classic tracks.”
Rob Adams.

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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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