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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.

Friday, September 11, 2015

Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society

(Report by Russell).
Tyneside has its share of high profile jazz gigs, it also has a plethora of low key, long-running events at which enthusiasts do their thing without fanfare, without seeking the support of funding bodies. Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society is one such institution.
Members meet fortnightly in Gateshead Central Library to discuss and listen to jazz. A varied programme, themes for 2015 include the Great American Songbook, the female vocalist in jazz and a salute to Frank Sinatra. There’s a Christmas quiz and, early in the new year, an observance of obituaries notified during 2015.
At a recent meeting those present expressed their disappointment upon hearing of a last minute change to the programme. One member came prepared; Ron Guariento spoke at length, with audio illustrations, about the life and career of Jerome Kern. Mr Guariento,  a student of the Gas Book, surveyed Kern’s song-writing output pre-Gas Book, through to the silver screen classic musicals of Astaire and Rogers, to his death in New York at the all-too-early age of sixty in 1945. In a personal aside, Guariento recalled his visit to the Big Apple and making a pilgrimage of sorts in walking along the street on which the subject of his presentation – Jerome Kern – collapsed shortly before his untimely end.
Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society meets next on Thursday 24 September. The subject will be: The Title asks the Question – What? When? Where? Why? How? If? etc. It starts at five o’clock. You’re sure of a warm welcome.

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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.
The idea of this blog is for you to share your thoughts and pass on your comments on discs, gigs, jazz - music in general. If you've been to a gig/concert or heard a CD that knocked you sideways please share your views with us. Tell us about your favourites, your memories, your dislikes.
Lance (Who wishes it to be known that he is not responsible for postings other than his own and that he's not always responsible for them.)
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