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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, May 11, 2015

Jazz Co-op @ The Globe: Anita’s New Voices: May 10

Robin Aspland (piano); Paul Grainger (bass); Tristan Mailliot (drums)
Anita Wardell (introductions/ tutor) New Voices as below.
(Review by Ann Alex).
As mentioned in the review of last night at the Globe, off I went back to the Globe today to savour the results of the Anita Wardell workshops.  I wasn't disappointed, I enjoyed the performance thoroughly.  I am unable to give the usual sort of review as most of the singers are my friends from other jazz singing courses and it would be unfair to single out any individuals. But goodness, they all appeared to be brimming with confidence and they said they’d loved the course. 
The benefits were obvious, every person was acting out the meaning of the songs with confident singing and a professional appearance.  Ms Wardell congratulated them all and reminded them that they could all sing well. The Co-op hopes to repeat the workshop next year.
 Each person did one song, giving a very varied programme, including, Stormy Weather; Good Morning Heartache; If You Never Come To Me; Nobody Loves When You’re Down And Out; Body And Soul; My Way and 2 or 3 Bebop numbers whose titles I wasn’t sure of.
Singers included David Edgar; Barry Keatings; Jen Errington; Kath Jobes; Helen Neilson; Jenny Lingham; Debra Milne; Mary Wrightson. There was also Trish and another lady and gentleman whom I didn’t know, nor did I catch their names.  Readers must excuse me as I wrote no notes until afterwards, I was too busy listening.  Hope I haven’t missed anyone out totally.
So what happens now? A little bird has hinted that there could well be more performances at the Globe from these singers as individuals with various musicians.  The bird also reminded me of next Saturday’s (16th May) gig at the Globe, The Blue Jazz Sextet, with guest singers (see above) Barry Keatings and Helen Neilson.  Be there or you’ll miss a treat!
Ann Alex

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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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