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Bebop Spoken There

Piers Paul Read: "Bruce Reynolds and Biggs shared an interest in Sex, Jazz and Hemingway." - (The Train Robbers by Piers Paul Read, Coronet Books 1979.)

George Shearing: "Speaking about Johann Sebastian Bach I think he'd be a real jazzer if he were alive today. I mean any man who has two wives, twenty kids, gets kicked out of the church for being too harmonically radical and drinks beer can't be all wrong can he?" - (Crescendo March 1984.)

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Today Wednesday July 18

Afternoon

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free admission.

Evening

Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, 11 Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8:00pm. £1.00.

Gala Big Band: BRASS for Sir Bobby - Durham Miners’ Hall, Flass Street, Durham DH1 4BE. 7:30pm. £10 Durham Brass Festival.

Reel Brass + Shake ‘Em Up Jazz Band - Front Street, Chester le Street, Co. Durham DH3. 6:00-9:00pm. Free. Town centre street performance. Durham Brass Festival (Street Ceilidh).

Steve Glendinning & Debra Milne - Dun Cow, Brandling Village, Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 4RS. 8pm. Free.

Big BRASS Bash - Timothy Hackworth Park, Shildon. 6:00-9:00pm. Free. Durham Brass Festival.

Northern Monkey Brass Band - Timothy Hackworth Park, Central Parade, Shildon DL4 1DL. 6:00-9:00pm. Free. Big BRASS Bash (Durham Brass Festival).

Community 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.

Tyne Valley Junior Jazz Ensemble + Tyne Valley Youth Big Band + Tyne Valley Big Band - Phoenix Club & Bar, Chisholm Place, Hexham NE46 1QL. 6:00pm. Donations.

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

Saturday, April 16, 2016

GIJF - Arun Ghosh Sextet - Sage Gateshead April 15

Arun Ghosh (clt); Chris Williams (alt); John Ellis (pno); Liran Donin (bs); Dave Walsh (dms); Sarathy Korwar (tabla).
(Review by Lance).
The opening day of Gateshead International Jazz Festival promised much and delivered more!
Ghosh is one of the jazz extroverts - his version of Indo-Jazz is far removed from the Joe Harriott/John Mayer Indo-Jazz Fusions band of the 1960s yet just as relevant in today's terms.
They have fun, the two horns blend. They blow solos that become duets. Call and response passages that are complementary rather than competitive. As a guy I spoke to in the pub said to me later, "You couldn't add another instrument, not even a guitar." He was right, I doubt if even a sitar could sit in.
Ghosh, the barefoot clarinetta, can sound like just about anyone. Swaying, sinuously moving, both snake and snake charmer, he alternated between pure classical and earthy New Orleans (or should that be New Delhi?) proving that the old gobstick is still one of the most versatile horns around... Williams is the perfect foil - without a sheet of MS between them they read each other's mind. Clever Fakirs!
Ellis was superb, whether sensitively exploring Mountain Summit or making Mister Steinway turn in his grave on the Vindaloo numbers, he was on the rupees. We had to wait till the end for Donin to workout although he'd limbered up throughout the gig (104 mins without intermission) providing solid support.
Walsh and Korwar mixed jazz and rock with the exotic rhythms of the east - at times, when the frontline men were blowing, the result had an almost Celtic feel.
That Sage Two was near 3 tiers full came as no surprise - Ghosh is an entertainer as well as an ace jazz clarinettist. 
Earlier, Ghosh, who'd been working with the children of Roman Rd., Primary School, Gateshead for the past few days, said, referring to the children's set on the Concourse, "Them kids blew me off the stage!"
An exaggeration, perhaps! On tonight's performance, I doubt if anyone could have blown him, or the sextet, off the stage. Still it was good of him to say this and he wasn't being patronising.
Today, at 11am he works with even younger children in "Jazz for Toddlers".
Lance.

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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.)
Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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