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Bebop Spoken There

Red Nichols: “Bix could do more on one note than any group of 100 cornet players and you can put me at the last.” – (DownBeat August 1937).

Jimmy Cobb: “A lot of places we played in the States weren't ready for Trane's thing. At one club, a woman stood up and yelled at Miles, 'Make him stop.'” – (DownBeat April 2018)

Today Friday March 16


James Harrison Trio - Lit & Phil, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SE. 1:00pm. £5.00.

Giles Strong Trio - Bishop Auckland Town Hall, Market Place, Bishop Auckland Town Hall DL14 7NP. Tel: 03000 269 524. 1:00pm. £5.00.

Rendezvous Jazz - Monkseaton Arms, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. Tel: 0191 251 3928. 1:00pm. Free.

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free.


Julija Jacenaite & Friends - Jazz Café, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 9:00pm. Free.

Rat Pack - Live from Las Vegas @ Sunderland Empire, High St West, Sunderland SR1 3EX. 7:30pm. Featuring Rat Pack Big Band & Burrelli Sisters.

Paul Edis Sextet - Traveller’s Rest, West Auckland Road, Cockerton, Darlington DL3 9ER. 8:30pm. £8.00. Opus 4 Jazz Club.

Washboard Resonators - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

Newcastle University Jazz Orchestra - Kommunity, Market Street, Newcastle NE1 6BH. 7:30pm. ‘End of Term Party’ promoted by NUJO (various performers, some from NUJO).

Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7pm.

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

Saturday, May 23, 2015

From the Blue Note Harrogate to Mississippi Goddam!

(Preview by Russell)
Wynton comes to Yorkshire and Laura goes to NYC. BBC television does jazz well. The problem is, there isn’t enough of it. Two programmes (one after the other) on BBC4 this coming Friday (May 29) are welcome but there is precious little else. Grateful for crumbs tune in at 7:30pm for Nina Simone and Me with Laura Mvula. British singer Laura Mvula travels to New York to enthuse about her idol, Ms Nina Simone. Hard on the heels of the half hour documentary, Wynton Marsalis leads the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra in a Blue Note special recorded at the Royal Hall in Harrogate – Wynton Marsalis Plays Blue Note (8:00pm).
From TV crumbs to more like a slice of the jazz cake on BBC Radio. Today (Saturday 23) Cleo Laine looks at the all-girl swing bands in the UK and USA. First broadcast in 1999, Archive on 4: Some Like It Hot airs on BBC Radio 4 Extra at three o’clock. JRR on Radio 3 at five o’clock remembers Wardell Gray (found dead in the desert outside Las Vegas all of sixty years ago). Jazz Line-Up follows at 6:00pm. The programme includes a concert performance by Konrad Wiszniewski (heard with SNJO at Sage Gateshead) and pianist Euan Stevenson. Bank holiday Monday’s Jazz on 3 features Joe Lovano and on Tuesday over on Radio 2, the man of the moment, Kurt Elling, presents an investigative report on Fats Waller’s encounters with Al Capone in Fats Waller and Al Capone (10:00pm).

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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.
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