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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, September 07, 2015

CD Review: Moonlight Saving Time - Meeting At Night

Emily Wright (vocals); Nick Malcolm (trumpet); Dale Hambridge (piano); Will Harris (bass);
Mark Whitlam (drums); special guests Jason Yarde (alto sax); Dan Moore (Hammond organ).
(Review by Ann Alex).
I absolutely loved this CD, with its influences of world and folk music, free improvised ‘feel’ in many places, tuneful sweet singing, a certain dream-like quality, skilled instrumentation, yet still showing an unmistakable jazz element, and don’t ask me to define that last fact technically – I just know that it’s jazz. This is the band’s debut CD but they are known to audiences at the likes of Brecon Jazz Festival, and listeners to BBC Radio 3 and BBC 6 Music, so they are making a name for themselves in the UK jazz scene.
The mixture of songs is eclectic, written by all 5 band members, with lyrics by Wright, except for the title track (a poem by Robert Browning) and a version of John Masefield’s Sea Fever, which has a haunting spaced out tune by John Ireland. There are also re-interpretations of the music of Calvin Harris (I’m Not Alone) and the Isley Brothers (not clear which track this is).
For instance, Meeting At Night starts with a free improvisation sound on trumpet, then comes a jazzier alto sax from Jason Yarde, wordless singing and then trumpet and sax blend well to finish.  Yarde also plays on the track Views, which can be best described as impressionistic music.  Silence Is Here, which was inspired by the Wright family’s garden, shows the dream-like element, whilst I’m Not Alone is very evocative with the oft repeated lyrics: ‘If I see a light flashing, could be that I’m coming home, If I see a man waving, does this mean I’m not alone?’.
The titles of the other tracks are Clouds; Trio; Desire For Nothing Known; From My Window; Arthur’s Dance. These titles give listeners an idea of the dreamy, other-worldly quality of the music. 
The CD will be released on October 2, 2015. See
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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