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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 Wednesday March 21


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

Rod Sinclair & Tom Fletcher - The Vault, Hallgate, Hexham NE46 1XD. 2:00pm. £7.50.


Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8:00pm. £1.00

The Village Hall New Orleans Band - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:15pm £3.00.

Moonshine Sessions - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson Street, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 8:30pm. Free.

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

Saturday, May 09, 2015

The Early Bird Sessions @ The Lit & Phil. May 9

Jazz musician and educator Paul Edis invited a select group of students to get out of bed early on a Saturday morning to participate in a workshop at the Lit & Phil in Newcastle.
The signs are good – the participants turned-up and so did an audience.
This first meeting of the Early Bird Sessions attracted five keen students culminating in a half hour public performance. Trumpet, tenor sax, guitar, bass and drums. The age range 15-17. Some familiar faces (some veterans of the Gateshead International Jazz Festival!), one or two already sitting-in around town, under Edis’ leadership good things are sure to come from the initiative. Five tunes in thirty minutes, a lot packed in to the allotted time available. The Flintstones opened the programme (Ya-ba-da-ba-do!), Rollins’ St Thomas calypso-ed along, Scrapple from the Apple featured good guitar playing, bass and drums Headhunted a Chameleon (good tenor sax) and trumpet opened up on C Jam Blues.
Yes, the signs are good. These guys are the future of jazz. Show your support. Bop Before You Shop suggested a Lit & Phil big wig. A good idea. The next session – Saturday 18th July – will be well worth the effort. Don’t forget – 11:00am sharp. £2.00. on the door.
The Early Birds: Ben Lawrence (trumpet), Nick Caughey (tenor sax), Francis Tulip (guitar), Dan Lawrence (bass) & Matthew MacKellar (drums) + Paul Edis (clarinet & piano)

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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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