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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 & Paul Grainger - 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.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

GIJF: Northern Monkey Brass Band @ Sage Gateshead. April 16

Graham Hardy (trumpet), Alastair Lord (trumpet), Jamie Toms (tenor saxophone), David Gray (trombone), Mark Ferris (trombone), Phil Rosier (tuba), Adam Sinclair (snare drum) & Brendan Murphy (bass drum)
(Review by Russell/Photo courtesy of Ken Drew)
And now on Radio 3, from north-east of England, the Northern Monkey Brass Band. The 2016 Gateshead International Jazz Festival hosted Radio 3’s Jazz Line-Up on Sage Gateshead’s concourse stage. Recorded for (near) future broadcast, Graham Hardy, top trumpeter, assembled the A-team for a BBC radio broadcast gig. Presented by Kevin Le Gendre, the programme featured music from the likes of Courtney Pine, Zoe Rahman, a solo spot from Ian Shaw, the steel pan sound of Yorkshire’s Pan Jumby and the amazing Roberto Fonseca Trio.
The Northern Monkey Brass Band is one of the sure-fire bands on the scene. Every time they play you can’t fail to have a good time. And these boys can play! They’re all busy in other bands but when they get together for some Horn Doggin’ (perfectly legal) you’re in for a funkin’ good time. From Louisiana by way of the Dirty Dozen and the Young Blood Brass Band, Graham Hardy’s all stars entertained a large festival crowd and when the set hits the Radio 3 airwaves (watch this space) the listening millions are in for a treat.
Earlier Roberto Fonseca wowed the afternoon audience. They were hanging off the stairs, standing on chairs, anywhere for a vantage point to hear and see pianist Fonseca give one of the great performances at this or any other edition of the Gateshead International Jazz Festival. Dynamic, virtuosic, high-energy, what a trio! Yandy Martinez (double bass) and Ramsés ‘Dynamite’ Rodriguez (drums) didn’t stop for breath. Astounding piano playing, Fonseca’s gig hit the heights and, without question, a great bass and drums team made it an extra special occasion.  
Russell.            

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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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