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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.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

TAKE THE GREEN TRAIN: A SEMINAR ON SUSTAINABILITY IN MUSIC

(Press Release)
One of the world’s major concert halls and a Europe-wide network of over 100 members from 30 countries are using the context of the 2015 Gateshead International Jazz Festival to explore environmental issues that concern both the music and cultural industries and how the sector can respond as part of a global movement stepping up the urgency around addressing climate change. On Friday April 10, to launch this year’s Gateshead International Jazz Festival, Sage Gateshead and Europe Jazz Network will be presenting a fascinating seminar examining how jazz and music promoters, festivals and venues across Europe can develop their green policies and transform their practices to meet both the challenges and opportunities of a rapidly changing environment.
This free event is part of Europe Jazz Network’s 3-year programme of activities funded by the European Union’s Creative Europe programme, and has been organised in association with one of the world’s leading organisations looking at issues around environmental sustainability for the cultural sector, Julie’s Bicycle.
This seminar will look at how the different parts of the jazz ecosystem from artists to venues to promoters can collaborate to create a greener sector, aiming to both inspire ambition and provide practical insight. The day will include case studies from jazz promoters and festivals in the UK and Europe as well as speakers from other areas of music, including Laura Pando, Sustainability Coordinator at Festival Republic, who run Leeds, Reading, Latitude and other major festivals, and also Tony Wadsworth, chair of Julie’s Bicycle and until recently Chair of the BPI (British Phonographic Industry), which represents the recording industry in the UK.
Sage Gateshead staff will give a presentation on how the venue has itself addressed these issues since its opening ten years ago, working with the Creative Industry Green tools developed by Julie’s Bicycle, and also how they will be addressing their impacts during Gateshead International Jazz Festival itself in a number of practical ways, including trying to reduce reliance on bottled water, use of locally sourced food, and more. Alison Tickell, CEO of Julie’s Bicycle will also talk about the charity’s work with the cultural and creative industries across the UK and internationally. Further guest speakers are to be announced.
Take The Green Train: A seminar on sustainability in music presented by the Europe Jazz Network and Julie’s Bicycle takes place on Friday 10th April, 11am-5pm at Sage Gateshead. Tickets are free but should be booked in advance either by calling 0191 443 4661, online at sagegateshead.com or in person from Sage Gateshead’s Ticket Office.
A schedule for the day follows below.
SCHEDULE Friday 10 April 2015, 11am-5pm, Northern Rock Foundation Hall, Sage Gateshead
11:00 Welcome and Introduction to the Project - Ros Rigby, Sage Gateshead 11.10 Overview of the Day - Alison Tickell, Julie's Bicycle
11.15 Participant Introductions
11.25 The Big Picture - Alison Tickell, Julie's Bicycle Outline of recent climate science and the creative and cultural response to date: why are we here?
11.40 The Music Industry Response -Tony Wadsworth, Chair Julie’s Bicycle, and of the BPI Overview of existing music industry initiatives and action from other genres and sector areas: what does this movement look like?
11.55 What's happening where you are? Discussion and illustrations from jazz festivals/promoters from the UK and beyond
12.30 Raising the Bar - Leadership in Action Case study presentations from: • Laura Pando, Sustainability Coordinator, Festival Republic • Green Team, Sage Gateshead Followed by discussion. Lunch (provided):
13:00-13:30 13.30 Green Touring Masterclass (Julie’s Bicycle, guest speaker TBC) Workshop led by Julie's Bicycle on the process of planning and delivering sustainable touring practices, and the tools, resources and guidance available. Guest speaker TBC
15.00 - Break
15.15 Trend-spotting (Julie’s Bicycle, guest speaker TBC) How new models born from the sharing economy and new digital platforms are reshaping touring models and democratising the touring and music production process by turning fans into co-producers and co-investors in touring and performance – and how these changes are translated and interpreted in the context of environmental sustainability. Guest speaker TBC
16.00 The Green Train Pledge What will we commit to doing? Where do we want to be in five years, both individually and as a network? How will we get there?

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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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