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Bebop Spoken There

Raymond Chandler: “ I was walking the floor and listening to Khatchaturian working in a tractor factory. He called it a violin concerto. I called it a loose fan belt and the hell with it ". The Long Goodbye, Penguin 1959.

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Postage

16350 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 230 of them this year alone and, so far, 27 this month (April 11).

From This Moment On ...

April

Tue 16: The Horne Section’s Hit Show @ Middlesbrough Town Hall. 7:30pm.
Tue 16: Jam session @ The Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free. House trio: Bradley Johnston, Paul Grainger, Bailey Rudd.

Wed 17: Bailey Rudd (Minor Recital) @ The Music Studios, Haymarket Lane, Newcastle University. 11:40am. Bailey Rudd (drums). Open to the public.
Wed 17: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 17: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 17: The Horne Section’s Hit Show @ The Gala, Durham. 7:30pm. SOLD OUT!
Wed 17: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.

Thu 18: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 18: NONUNONU @ Elder Beer Café, Chillingham Road, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Thu 18: Knats @ Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle. 8:00pm (doors 7:30pm). £8.00. + bf. Support act TBC.
Thu 18: Merlin Roxby @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig. Ragtime piano.
Thu 18: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guest band night with Just Friends: Ian Bosworth (guitar); Donna Hewitt (sax); Dave Archbold (keys); Ron Smith (bass); Mark Hawkins (drums).

Fri 19: Cia Tomasso @ The Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. ‘Cia Tomasso sings Billie Holiday’. SOLD OUT!
Fri 19: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 19: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 19: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 19: Tweed River Jazz Band @ The Radio Rooms, Berwick. 7:00pm (doors). £5.00.
Fri 19: Lindsay Hannon: Tom Waits for No Man @ Seventeen Nineteen, Hendon, Sunderland. 7:30pm.
Fri 19: Levitation Orchestra + Nauta @ Cluny 2, Newcastle. 7:30pm (doors). £11.00.
Fri 19: Strictly Smokin’ Big Band @ The Witham, Barnard Castle. 8:00pm. ‘Ella & Ellington’.

Sat 20: Record Store Day…at a store near you!
Sat 20: Bright Street Band @ Washington Arts Centre. 6:30pm. Swing dance taster session (6:30pm) followed by Bright Street Big Band (7:30pm). £12.00.
Sat 20: Michael Woods @ Victoria Tunnel, Ouseburn, Newcastle. 7:00pm. Acoustic blues.
Sat 20: Rendezvous Jazz @ St Andrew’s Church, Monkseaton. 7:30pm. £10.00. (inc. a drink on arrival).

Sun 21: Jamie Toms Quartet @ Queen’s Hall, Hexham. 3:00pm.
Sun 21: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay Metro Station. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 21: Lindsay Hannon: Tom Waits for No Man @ Holy Grale, Durham. 5:00pm.
Sun 21: The Jazz Defenders @ Cluny 2. Doors 6:00pm. £15.00.
Sun 21: Edgar Rubenis @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 7:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig. Blues & ragtime guitar.
Sun 21: Tweed River Jazz Band @ Barrels Ale House, Berwick. 7:00pm. Free.
Sun 21: Art Themen with the Dean Stockdale Trio @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £10.00. +bf. JNE. SOLD OUT!

Mon 22: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

New Year New Artists @Sage Gateshead. January 29 Saturday Afternoon Session

(Review by Steve T)
The Elliott Galvin Trio was the main attraction for the Jazz fan. I'm a self-confessed philistine when it comes to piano trios but there's been a definite move towards equal weight for each musician in recent years. I vaguely recall similar claims when I first started listening to 'real' Jazz in the early eighties but I still remember relentless bass solos, so maybe it's like the folk revival. On the other hand, in bands like Bad Plus, GoGo Penguin and these, maybe it's really starting to happen.
If I'm honest I found it a little gimmicky, not least the final piece which began with Punch and Judy being played and replayed on an old cassette (the cool persons equivalent to vinyl, allegedly) and ended with a recording of the police arriving to arrest them.
Along the way there was some fine Jazz and some fantastic musicianship, as you'd expect, but with many non-Jazzers in the audience, I wouldn't want them  to think it's novelty music. 
A pleasant surprise as I arrived was to find a table alongside sitar virtuoso Jasdeep Singh Degun, although he only featured on one of the two extended pieces. I don't mind small doses of sitar (editor: baby sitar?) but, for me, the real appeal of Indian music is the percussion instrument that, I always say, makes a poing sound. The Family T have been threatening to invest in a pair for me for years but they're a bit expensive and require some TLC, which I'm not renowned for.
Probably the set of the day for me, rewarded with rapturous applause from a more or less full level one. 
As I sat awaiting the next concert a lady next to me was directing a chap to an Indian restaurant. I was having similar thoughts, so job well done.
My interest in classical music is largely restricted to ten or twelve composers, Debussy - featured twice during the day - being one of them, and played by at least a string quartet, but preferably a large orchestra with lashings of strings. My plan was to sit next to the exit for a quick getaway after the first piece, but were scuppered right off by uncertainty over parking, so I only got a few minutes.
The good news for the philistines, with only a minimal interest in classical music, was that they each played the concourse, which for me was better than the Northern Rock Foundation Hall, and clarinettist Horacio Ferreira, accompanied by a pianist, sounded Jazzier and more lively in a less formal setting.
Like just about every other style you can think of, folk is cool again, if in the anti-cool way folkies prefer. It's currently going through something of a perpetual revival that's been going on since the fifties at least.
I've never been much of a fan though I've come round to some folk-rock and some North East stuff. The accordion is something of a no go but in Talisk it worked really well, flanked by acoustic guitar and fiddle.
The set was entirely instrumental and really kicked in when each tune burst into a jig, complete with foot-stomping, whooping, yeehaing, clapping and the fiddlers elbow going like - well, a fiddlers elbow. At the end of the afternoon I heard a young lad ask his dad which concert he'd enjoyed the most and he answered Talisk and I'm sure many of the audience, now spilling over to level two, would agree.
I managed to catch pianist Mariam Batsashvili's first piece in its entirety, but the discovery of Lord Paul and Jambone in da house meant my final visit to the classical room for some Debussy was aborted.
The afternoon was a big success with the classical events at capacity and good crowds in Sage Two, I'm guessing, in no small part due to open-minded classical people, which is great. The afore-mentioned curry and back for the evening session.
Steve T.

3 comments :

Stewartd said...

Erm...Talisk weren't playing an accordion, it was a concertina, of local lad Alistair Anderson fame........
But as a jazz fan who went mainly for Elliot Galvin, having sat alongside Laura Jurd and seen him at Foyle's Bookshop in the 2015 LJF, I was actually converted to classical music by the staggeringly expressive virtuosity of Mariam Batsashvili and Tamsin Waley-Cohen.
All in all the afternoon was superb value for the £12.90!

steve T said...

Concertina, accordion, banjo, kazoo. The speed of finger was very impressive, but I will continue to avoid albums or concerts featuring a concertina or accordion.
Sadly I missed Tamsin but saw Maiam do Bach, not a composer who interests me. Zappa used to call classical musicians 'robots' and many Jazz musicians point out that they can't generally improvise. She was certainly impressive but being an impressive musician in itself does not great music make. Post punk-rock, musicianship was largely scorned for about 3 decades. I recall a lady saying on that terrible Danny Baker programme that people don't like John McLaughlin because he's too good.
It's when they start shaking their heads about like there's something going on that isn't, that I switch off; violinists tend to be ther worst.

Steve T said...

Kate Mossman. I'm not clever enough to google a name without losing the screen I'm on. She writes for - I think - the Spectator. Not just John McLaughlin but Zappa, Genesis and Coliseum. I can almost forgive her for Queen.

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