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Jeremy Pelt: "It [Birth of the Cool sessions] was bebop in sheep's clothing." - (DownBeat, December 2019).

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Today Wednesday November 13

Afternoon

Jazz

Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool - Tyneside Cinema, Pilgrim Street, Newcastle NE1 6QG. Tel: 0191 227 5500. 12:15pm. Stanley Nelson's 2019 documentary film.

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free admission.

Evening

Jazz

Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £1.00.

Swing Street - Pier Red, Castlegate, Berwick upon Tweed TD15 1LF. Tel: 01289 309168. 8:00pm. Free.

Levee Ramblers NOJB - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:15pm. £3.00.

Blues/Folk

George Shovlin & the Radars, Charts, Quayside, Newcastle NE1 3DE. Tel: 0191 338 7989. 8:00pm. Free.

Moonshine Sessions - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 8:30pm. Free.

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

Sunday, September 02, 2018

Sirkis-Bialas International Quartet @ The Globe

Silwia Bialas (voice/bowed 'thingy'); Asaf Sirkis (drums); Frank Harrison (keys); Kevin Glasgow (bass guitar).
(Review by Lance/Photos courtesy of Ken Drew).
A crowded upstairs Jazz Bar.
Wylam Brewery's Golden Ale on tap.
An incredible drummer.
A melodic bass guitarist.
An impressive keyboard player.
A voice that encompassed a range most contraltos can only dream about.
Melody, Harmony and Rhythm ever present in varying degrees.
It was compulsive.
It was intense.
Even the wordless vocals had a poetic quality about them.
So, having ticked all the above boxes, why didn't I stay for the second set?
I don't know.
Perhaps I was still under the spell of the majestic splendour of last weekend's Ushaw Festival.
Maybe the funky soul of Gerry R and the E-Types at Hoochie on Thursday had moved the goal posts.
Was I looking forward too much to hearing Bruce Adams at Darlo tomorrow (Sunday, Sept. 2)?
The ethnic diversity of the material? 
Or was I just punching above my weight?
Still, it was good for JNE and the Jazz Coop to have such a large turnout and my departure at least allowed someone else to have a seat (I should have auctioned it!)
One of our reviewers didn't make it. Texted and said, "Too tired after the afternoon workshop."
That must have been some workshop!
Lance.

1 comment :

Ken Drew (on F/b). said...

That 'thingy' which Sylwia played is a Waterphone - Charlie Collins played one at The Bridge a while back and Wiki gives a good idea of how it came into use. Nice to see one again !!

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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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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.)
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