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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.

Monday, January 21, 2019

Sounds from The Underground in The Victoria Tunnel – January 19

Zoë Gilby(vocals) & Andy Champion (double bass)
(Review by Steve H/photos courtesy of Ken Drew)

There are not many gigs that one goes to where you have to don a hard hat on entering the auditorium. It may be understandable for heavy metal or hard rock but for an improvised double bass and vocal performance what could possibly be going on? The answer was completely logical as the duo in question were performing in Newcastle’s Victoria Tunnel.

The tunnel, built in the 19th Century, runs from the Town Moor to the Quayside which enabled coal from the Leazes Main Colliery in Spital Tongues to be delivered to ships waiting on the banks of the Tyne.
Saturday night’s performance took place in the section of the tunnel just inside the entrance behind the Hotel Du Vin.  A truly unique setting for the hard-hatted audience of around 30, sat in pairs in the narrow tunnel to the right of the entrance slope.  Zoë and Andy were in the section of the tunnel to the left of the slope thus enabling the audience to observe the performers with a spectacular view of the tunnel receding into the distance behind them. Just to emphasise how tight things were, the top of Andy’s double bass was within an inch of touching the ceiling of the tunnel. 

After receiving the health and safety instructions from the tunnel volunteers we awaited the first number. Would it be Going Underground by The Jam or maybe something by John Coaltrain?  In fact, a perfect choice of a Tom Waits song Way Down in the Hole got things off to a flying start. Covers by various modern artists including Kate Bush (Kashka from Baghdad), Paul Simon (Graceland) and, obviously, Nick Cave (Red Right Hand) were delivered with considerable aplomb in Zoë and Andy’s inimitable style. There was also a version of Nice Work if You Can Get it in which Zoë very cleverly scatted a brief a history of the tunnel.

The duo finished with an original - The Tunnel - which was inspired by a jam session that they had participated in which had taken place in a disused railway tunnel in Transylvania.  
    
I was actually quite surprised how good the acoustics were in this rather novel subterranean location. You were really able to soak in Zoë’s great vocals and Andy’s virtuoso bass playing in what must have been an extremely challenging location (cold, dark, cramped). Those who took the chance of experiencing a gig in this most unlikely of environments were certainly rewarded with this marvellously atmospheric, unique and entertaining performance.
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.
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