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Bebop Spoken There

Cécile McLorin Salvant: “I feel like once the song is gone, it’s gone. Music is the fleeting art form – it should be.”(Down Beat October 2017).

John Beasley: “So many jazz band leaders nowadays, they really want to plan out their sets. I came up with guys that read the crowd.” – (Jazz Journal October 2017)

Today Friday November 24

Afternoon
Rendezvous Jazz - The Monkseaton Arms, Front St., Monkseaton, Whitley Bay NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free.

Graham Hardy & Paul Edis @ Gala Theatre, Millennium Place, Durham DH1 1WA. 03000 266 600. 1:00pm. £5.00.

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Evening

Sandrani - Jazz Café, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 8:45pm. £10.00. & £8.00. JNE Women Make Music.

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

Skidoo 52: The Joint Is Jumpin’ - Middleton & Tonbridge Village Hall, Middleton, Morpeth NE61 4RA. 01670 772600. 7:30pm. £8.00. adult, £4.00. child.

Rendezvous Jazz - Riverdale Hall Country House Hotel, Bellingham NE48 2JT. 01434 435402. Three-day event, two night stay £164.00.pp, band performing evening Friday 24 & Saturday 25.

Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7pm.

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

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Dutch Treat @ The Jazz Cafe January 21.

(Review by Steve H/photo courtesy of Ken Drew).
Not since AZ Alkmaar played a UEFA Cup tie at St James Park in 2007 had so many Dutch players assembled in Newcastle. The assembled 11 consisted of 9 musicians who practise their trade in the Netherlands accompanied by 2 guest players from the UK - bass player Ollie Brice and Newcastle’s very own Faye MacCalman. Saturday night’s team at the Jazz Cafe would have proved a match for anybody. Billed somewhat erroneously as a revival of the music of Sean Bergin and Chris McGregor,(exiles from apartheid South Africa who settled respectively in Amsterdam and London) this gig was a fantastic taster for Jazz North East’s ‘Going Dutch’ all dayer at the Lit and Phil the following day. 

The first set lasted an hour and was virtually a tag jam session as all 11 musicians wandered on and off stage at various points to provide a wonderful improvised and exhilarating piece of music which left the audience spellbound at the halfway point. The second half was far more structured as subsets of the ensemble performed short sets. There was a lovely duet by Ig Henneman on Viola and Kaja Draksler on keyboards and the evening was rounded off with a resounding explosive Rollinesque saxophone solo from US ex pat John Dikeman. At the end of the night, the audience was clearly enthused for the main event to follow on the next day.
Steve H. 

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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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