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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 Saturday March 17


Rat Pack - Live from Las Vegas @ Sunderland Empire, High St West, Sunderland SR1 3EX. 2:30pm. Featuring Rat Pack Big Band & Burrelli Sisters.


KOAN 7 - the Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:00pm. £5.00. (£4.00. concs). ‘Form and Space’ ‘An evening of free improvisation and original composition’. Line-up includes John Pope (solo improvised set).

Rat Pack - Live from Las Vegas @ Sunderland Empire, High St West, Sunderland SR1 3EX. 7:30pm. Featuring Rat Pack Big Band & Burrelli Sisters.

Boys of Brass - Brandling Villa, Haddricks Mill Road, South Gosforth, Newcastle NE3 1QL. 9:00pm. Free.

Ben Cipolla - Great Broughton Village Hall, Ingleby Road, Great Broughton, Cleveland TS9 7ER. 7:30pm. Tickets: £12.50 from 01642 712176.

Gilded Thieves - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

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

Friday, April 01, 2016

CD Review: Adison Evans - Hero

Adison Evans (bar/alt); Matthew Jodrell (tpt/flug); Mathis Picard (pno); Dan Chmielinski (bs); Roberto Giaquinto (dms); Melanie Charles (vcl - 3 tks).
(Review by Lance).
In this, her debut album, Evans pays tribute to those Heroes who have shaped her into the person/musician she is today. These heroes are Beyoncè with whom Evans toured the world, Stevie Wonder, her musical mentor, Steve Wilson, her saxophone hero Sonny Rollins and no doubt many others.

Evans has that lovely fruity baritone sound reminiscent of Gerry Mulligan but with perhaps a little more warmth and she can play the, in other hands, lugubrious instrument with the fluidity of a fast-fingered tenorist. The ideas flow logically - Gary Smulyan has got a fight on his hands come DB Poll time!
Jodrell plays trumpet like Lee Morgan or Freddie Hubbard reincarnated. He's a blower and another one to look out for.
Given her Beyoncè background, it's not surprising to find a Ms B tune on the album. Blue, sung by Melanie Charles. Charles also provides the vocals on a couple of Evans' originals - Mama and Do What's Best for You.
Piano, bass, and drums provide the support needed making this a most listenable album as well  as putting Evans and Jodrell on my 'Names to look out for in the future' list. - add Melanie Charles to the list, in fact, let's keep an eye out for the whole band!
Available now on Adi Tone Records.

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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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