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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.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Roller Trio + Leash @ The Bridge Hotel January 10

Roller Trio - James Mainwaring (tenor sax & electronics); Luke Wynter (bass guitar); Luke Reddin-Williams (drums)
Leash - Mark Williams (guitar); Andy Champion (bass); Adrian Tilbrook (drums)
(Review by Steve H./Photos courtesy of Ken Drew)
A packed house greeted this band from Leeds at The Bridge on Sunday night. Album reviews of Roller Trio are very positive but most state that they must be even better live. I can certainly endorse that point of view, on recordings they are good but in the flesh they are absolutely fantastic. Their uncompromising blend of thrash jazz mixed with the subtle use of electronics created an energetic frenetic dynamic.
Reddin-Williams on drums created a wall of rhythm driving Wynter and Mainwaring to loft creative heights. High excitement for all those present.
The first part of the evening saw local heroes Williams, Champion and Tilbrook bound together under the band name Leash. An unbroken set incorporating some familiar jazz standards which reminded some of Hendrix’s Band of Gypsies and others of Jazz Rock pioneers Cream. All, though, were thoroughly entertained by the quality and calibre of the playing. 

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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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