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Bebop Spoken There

Frank Zappa: "There was so much acid during the '60s that it was very easy for large numbers of people to think they had seen God as soon as the Beatles went boom, boom, boom, you know?." - (DownBeat May 18, 1978). – (DownBeat May 18, 1978).

Ryan Keberle: “Don't be easy on yourself when it comes to playing with perfect intonation. All other instruments will be playing with close-to-perfect intonation; the same should be expected of trombonists.'” – (DownBeat April 2018)

Today Saturday March 24


Dave Donohoe Band - St Augustine’s Parish Centre, Larchfield Street, Darlington DL3 7TG. 12:30pm.

Tees Valley Jazzmen - Hardwick Arms Hotel, 1 North End, Sedgefield TS21 2AZ. Tel: 01740 622305. 1:30pm. Free.


Ladies of Midnight Blue - Live Theatre, Broad Chare, Newcastle NE1 3DQ. Tel: 0191 232 1232. 8:00pm. £12.00. (advance). Hannabiell, Yilis & co. Jumpin’ Hot Club gig.

Rob Heron & the Tea Pad Orchestra -Scarth Memorial Hall, Staindrop, Co Durham DL2 3JL. Tel: 01388 660786. 8:00pm. £9.00., £5.00. child.

Tyne Valley Big Band - TORCH Centre, Corbridge Road, Hexham NE46 1QS. 7:30pm.

Billy Bootleggers All Star Band - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

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

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Shiver @ Splinter - Dec. 7

Andy Champion (bs); Chris Sharkey (gtr); 
Joost Hendrickx (dms);
(Photo Ken Drew).
Splinter Sunday
Sharkey’s Shiver
Set starts   
Strumming Stratocaster
Slapping strings
Stinging sticks
Soulful symphonic
Seismic soundscapes
Swinging steaming
Second set
Screeching screaming
Sailing surfing
Strutting soaring
Singing stomping
Stimulating scintillating
Smashing swashbuckling
Stupendous spectacular
Speechless …..


Ken Drew (on F/b) said...

Speechless ? Yes - even before the end of the second set we were all enthralled by the mesmerising soundscape unfolding in front of us. A fantastic gig, and probably the best I've see & heard from this veritable Supergroup. Tremendous !

JC said...

Very nice jazz rap review, Steve - it certainly covered all the eSSentials of a brilliant gig.
The playing and Chris Sharkey's duck-egg coloured guitar also gave me poetic thoughts of Wallace Stevens' 'Man with the Blue Guitar'

They said, 'You have a blue guitar,
You do not play things as they are.'

The man replied, 'Things as they are
Are changed upon the blue guitar.'

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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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