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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 Tuesday March 20


Classic Swing - The Ship, Front St., Monkseaton NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free.


Jam session - Jazz Café, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 8:00pm. Free.

Jazz Blowers’ Easter Concert - Hurworth Grange Community Centre, Hurworth Road, Hurworth Place, Darlington DL2 2BN. 7:00pm. £5.00. Concert in the Hadwin Lounge.

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

Sunday, October 11, 2015

The Early Bird Band @ The Jazz Café. October 9

Ben Lawrence (trumpet), Nick Caughey (tenor saxophone), Francis Tulip (guitar), Dan Lawrence (bass guitar) & Matthew Mackellar (drums) + Paul Edis (alto saxophone) 
(Review by Russell/Photos courtesy of Mike Tilley).
Arriving early evening at the Jazz Café the place was unusually busy. Not the usual lot, more like rugger types. Good for business! Upstairs, the lads – the Early Birds – set up ready for their hour long performance. Following a slight delay due to a malfunctioning amp, the set list included Coltrane, Hancock, Kern and Rollins. A band of teenagers, an expanding book of engagements, these guys are heading in the right direction.
Good to see tenor man Nick Caughey back on the stand, impressing on Watermelon Man. Kern’s Yesterdays, a taxing tune for senior players, challenged the young musicians. The quintet (plus one) persevered, reading the dots and got there in the end. Blue Bossa didn’t hold any fears for drummer Matthew Mackellar having played it more than once at Dave Weisser’s Wednesday night workshop at the Chillingham. Mackellar knew what he was doing and his bass drum work caught the ear.
Oleo, another Weisser workshop staple, featured guitarist Francis Tulip. He was right on it with bass (Dan Lawrence) and drums in support. The horns stepped up (trumpeter Ben Lawrence in the spotlight) and Mackellar breezed through a round of fours. Two fabulous tunes back to back tested the ensemble; I’m Old Fashioned and How Insensitive. Swing and sensitivity are rare commodities and the way these young men are going about their business they’ll get there, probably sooner than one imagines and the ‘plus one,’ co-opted band member, tutor Paul Edis, took a turn on alto. Chameleon was a fun way to go out. A round and round and round again groove had all in the groove, fluent guitar, riffing horns, with bass and drums nailing it. A developing band, check out the Early Bird Band.

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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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