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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 Thursday July 19

Afternoon

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Road, Holystone NE27 0DA. Tel: 266 6173. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Maine St. Jazzmen - Sunniside Social Club, Holywell Lane, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5NJ. 8:30pm. Free.

Alexys de Alfaro: Guitar Dreams with Coco Vega - Prohibition Bar, Arch 3, Brandling Street, Gateshead NE8 2BA. Doors 7:00pm. A ‘jar on the bar’ gig. Guitar & percussion.

Alter Ego - St James’ & St Basil’s Church, Fenham Hall Drive, Newcastle NE4 9EJ. 7:30pm. £10.00.

Jesse Bannister Quartet - Jazz Café, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 8:00pm. £10.00. (£8.00. concs.). JNE.

Northern Monkey Brass Band - Jubilee Park, Spennymoor DL16. 6:00-9:00pm. Free. Big BRASS Bash (Durham Brass Festival).

New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees TS18 4AW. 8:30pm.

Tees Hot Club w. Donna Hewitt (alto); Josh Bentham (tenor); Dave Archbaid (keys) - Dormans Club, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Tel: 01642 823813. 9pm. Free.

Jazz Jam - Fire Station, High Street West, Sunderland SR1 3DT. Tel: 0191 594 7241. 8pm. Free.

Billy's Buskers: Plug in and Play - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 7:00pm. Free.

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

Friday, January 26, 2018

Jazz North East's "JAZZ DE LUXE" at the Lit & Phil, Newcastle - January 21 (afternoon)

Christian Alderson (d),  Pol Belardi (b), Maxime Bender (p, sax), Manu Codjia (g), David Fettman (sax), Niels Engel (d), Jerome Klein (p, d),  Sascha Ley (v), Faye MacCalman (sax, clarinet), Laurent Payfert (b), John Pope (b) 
(Review & Photos by Ken Drew)
For the third consecutive year Jazz North East kicked off their new programme with an all-dayer focusing on the jazz musicians from a single European country, Luxembourg, which is one of the smallest countries in Europe yet contains a rich mix of musical talent based on the evidence we saw today.
Whilst following a similar format to JNE's French showcase in 2016 which centred around young Paris musicians, and last year’s Netherlands extravaganza which drew heavily on the free jazz scene centred on Amsterdam, this year saw an even bigger mix of musicians across the 10 sets across the day. This included an opening set by our local Archipelago who kicked things off for the 2pm start, but would re-appear in various combinations later on as part of a mission to build creative links between Jazz North East’s ever-growing European connections.  The Luxembourg musicians then further demonstrated the available array of jazz talent assembled for the day, starting with the witty interplay of vocalist Sascha Ley & bassist Laurent Payfert, followed  by Pol Belardi's 'Force' with David Fettmann on Alto sax, Jerome Klein on piano, Pol Belardi on bass and Neils Engel on drums.
In between these 'main' performances were interleaved carefully selected duos and trios who played short 20 minutes sets to demonstrate the true universality of music across regional boundaries. First to open up the Luxembourg groupings were Maxime Bender (switching from piano to sax, then to finish, back to piano), David Fettmann and Jerome Klein, then a new working partnership of Faye MacCalman and Manu Codjia. These worked superbly well, with not a musical boundary in sight, the joint playing getting stronger by the minute as they established common ground to explore.

Overall this was a truly successful melting pot of musical talents producing a diverse range of styles and free jazz of very high quality. Even more diversity of styles was to follow in the evening session .......... but by 5:50pm it was time for a musical rest and to savour the anticipation of what was to follow.
Ken Drew
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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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