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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.

Monday, April 25, 2016

GIJF: JB’s Cats - Sage Gateshead April 16

Ben Lawrence (trumpet), Alex Thompson (alto saxophone), Alex Iles (piano), Nathan Lawson (guitar), Tom Henry (guitar), Alex Shipsey (bass) & Dylan Thompson (drums) + Dr James Birkett (MD)
(Review by Russell)
Early Saturday evening on the concourse at Sage Gateshead, tutor Dr James Birkett and his band of young musicians entertained an appreciative crowd for half an hour or so. A band of talented teenagers, some of them can be heard out busking across Tyneside, and, on occasion, sitting in at the big boys’ jam sessions.
Ranging in teenage years (and height) the young musicians showed no fear playing some standard tunes, taking solos and winning applause for their efforts. Opening with Herbie Hancock’s Cantaloupe Island followed by a spot-on tick-tocking Milestones, JB’s Cats purred like well-fed (tutored) pussycats. An excellent Cherokee, taken at a big boys’ lick, Tom Henry’s guitar solo on Song for my Father, Ben Lawrence’s extended trumpet solo on Goodbye Pork Pie Hat with Alex Thompson playing good alto on the same number, a mature performance from pianist Alex Iles, these guys impressed, big style! Bass player Alex Shipsey, the newest member of the ensemble, played as though he had been in the band for years and guitarist Nathan Lawson knew all the chords. And then there was the drummer. At the back, a budding Jimmy Cobb/Buddy Rich had it all covered…hi-hat, rim shot, snare, kicking bass drum, the name to note is Dylan Thompson. Tutor Dr James Birkett works with these guys week in week out, they’re going places. Jazz lives!               
Apologies for lack of photos which is why it has taken so long to post but if anyone has any photos please get in touch (Editor)

1 comment :

Lance said...

Hi Lance
Could you please thank Russell for the great review about JB's Cats at the GIJF.
I see he's requested if anyone has a photo to get in touch.
I hope this one is suitable. It's the only one we have of the full band.
Andrea & Keith
(Proud parents of Alex & Dylan Thompson!)

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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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