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Bebop Spoken There

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Simon Spillett: A lovely review from the dean of jazz bloggers, Lance Liddle...

Josh Weir: I love the writing on bebop spoken here... I think the work you are doing is amazing.

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16246 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 128 of them this year alone and, so far, 72 this month (Feb. 29).

From This Moment On ...

March

Sun 03: Great North Big Band Jazz Festival @ Park View Community Centre, Chester-le-Street. 11:00am. £10.00.. Day 3/3. School & Youth bands in competition.
Sun 03: Smokin’ Spitfires @ the Cluny, Newcastle. 12:45pm. £7.50.
Sun 03: Alan Law Trio plays Ahmad Jamal’s At the Pershing: But Not for Me & more @ Central Bar, Gateshead. 2:00pm. £10.00. The music of Ahmad Jamal.
Sun 03: Alice Grace & Ben Helm @ St Francis’ Church, High Heaton, Newcastle. 2:00-5:00pm. £12.00. (children free admission). A Children’s Society fundraiser. Two x 30 mins sets. Refreshments available, child-friendly event with participation of children encouraged!
Sun 03: Sax Choir @ The Globe, Newcastle. 2:00-5:00pm. Free (donations). Monthly workshop, all welcome (participant and/or listener).
Sun 03: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay Metro Station. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 03: ’58 Jazz Collective @ St George’s Venue, Park Road, Hartlepool. 3:30pm (refreshments from 2:30pm). £6.00.
Sun 03: Down for the Count: A Century of Swing @ The Fire Station, Sunderland. 7:00pm.
Sun 03: SH#RP Collective @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Sun 03: Mostly Moonlight @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 7:00pm. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig. Vocals/piano duo.
Sun 03: Remy CB @ Blues & Bourbon, Nelson St., Newcastle. 9:00pm. Free. Newcastle University music student Remy Coulthard Boardman.

Mon 04: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.

Tue 05: Jam session @ The Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free. House trio: Joe Steels, Paul Grainger, Michael Mather.

Wed 06: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 06: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 06: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.

Thu 07: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 07: Ray Stubbs R & B All Stars @ The Schooner, South Shore Road, Gateshead. 8:00pm.
Thu 07: Merlin Roxby @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig. Ragtime piano.
Thu 07: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. Guests: Mark Toomey (alto sax); Donna Hewitt (tenor sax); Garry Hadfield (keys); Ron Smith (bass); Mark Hawkins (drums). 8:30pm.

Fri 08: Noel Dennis Quartet @ The Old Library, Auckland Castle. 1:00pm. £8.00. Noel Dennis (trumpet, flugelhorn); Rick Laughlin (keyboards); Mick Shoulder (double bass); Tim Johnston (drums).
Fri 08: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 08: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free. CANCELLED! Back on March 15.
Fri 08: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.

Sat 09: Alex Fawcett Band + Lindsay Hannon Blues Trio @ Sedgefield Parish Hall. 7:00pm. £15.00. A Sedgefield Rock & Blues Club event. Tickets: www.sedgefieldblues.com.
Sat 09: Shunyata Improvisation Group @ Cullercoats Watch House. 8:00pm. Donations. A Watch House renovation fundraising concert.
Sat 09: Ray Stubb’s R&B All Stars @ The Peacock, Sunderland. 6:00pm. Free. Gig in the downstairs bar.

Thursday, August 06, 2015

Jazz Co-op @ The Globe: The Weekend Workshop And Other Matters

The workshops got off to an inauspicious start – a drummer got stuck in the lift!  Someone remarked that it would be even better if it had been a banjo player!  Once he’d been rescued, a great weekend of learning, music-making and sheer fun began.  We can’t wait until next year, but we’ll have to, so that the hard-working tutors, Judith Thompson and James Birkett, can have a well earned rest, and the organisers, Dave Parker and Elton Ritchie, can put their feet up for a while.
We were divided into two groups according to previous experience, so that we could study scales and chords, which we did, based on the tune Lady Be Good.  Don’t know quite what the more experienced group did with Jim, but it must have been complicated, judging by the papers with circles of keys etc lying around in their room upstairs.  I must have learned something as I can now play Lester Leaps In on my tin whistle, complete with a solo, and I was attending as a vocalist!
In the afternoons, following an excellent buffet lunch from Waitrose no less, we divided into bands of more or less equally balanced instruments, except that we had the only vocalist and pianist and the others had the double bass. It was our chance to be arrangers of 2 tunes, I’ve Got Rhythm and There’ll  Never Be Another You. And a chance to do things that we’d never done before, such as singing a walking bass and doing 4’s with the drums.  We loved it!
Then we came back on Sunday and did it all again, in more depth.
We rounded off the whole proceedings with each band playing their pieces for the others.  Jim’s band had actually composed an original work, (sorry the title escapes me) which sounded very skilled and exciting, with plenty of interesting solos.  Then we did our 2 songs with great enthusiasm and aplomb.  I must say that there’s nothing quite like working with a band when you know everyone has contributed of their best.  It sounded good to me.
We could have done with more horn players, so be ready for next year, all ye saxes out there!  And I’d recommend this for vocalists – it’s good to find out what instrumentalists get up to and what they expect of us singers.  A singer in each band would have been handy.  
I should have taken my bed to the Globe for the weekend, because I was actually there on Friday night as well.  This was the first of the monthly Blues Jams, to be held on the final Friday of each month. The house band (sorry I don’t know their names yet) was lead by bluesman and drummer Adam Featherstone and although the audience was small, this event promises good times ahead.  I enjoyed hearing how different blues is from jazz.  Contributors included Barry Keatings, Keith Barrett, Steve Glendinning and myself. Pieces played and sung were Work Song; Stairway To Heaven; Nobody Loves You When You’re Down And Out and many others.  Why not come along next time?
Ann Alex

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