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Bebop Spoken There

Artie Shaw: “I'm not interested in giving people what they want--I'm interested in making music.” – (DownBeat October 15, 1939).

Jason Marsalis: “There's so many places that this music can go and there's a lot yet to be discovered.'” – (DownBeat April 2018)

Today Sunday March 18


Musicians Unlimited - Park Inn, Park Road, Hartlepool TS26 9HU. Tel: 01429 233126. 12 noon. Free.

Jason Isaacs & the Ambassadors of Swing - Hoochie Coochie, Pilgrim Street, Newcastle NE1 6SF. Tel: 0191 222 0130. 5:30pm (doors 4:00pm). £16.00.

Revolutionaires - Tyne Bar, Maling St, Newcastle NE6 1LP. 3pm. Free.

Somethin’ Blue - Vesuvio, 3a Houndgate, Darlington DL1 5RL. 5:00pm. Tel: 01325 788564. Matt Case (saxophone) & Mike Hepple (guitar).


POSTPONED DUE TO WEATHER! Zoë Gilby Quartet - Black Bull, Bridge Street, Blaydon NE21 4JJ. 8:00pm. £5.00. Rescheduled August 19.

Alter Ego - The Globe, 11 Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £5.00.

Bradley Johnston - The Fire Station, High Street West, Sunderland SR1 3DT. Tel: 0191 594 7241. 6:00pm. Free. New weekly residency.

Gypsy Dave Smith - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

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

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Record Review from December 22, 1939 Jazz Information magazine

COLEMAN HAWKINS’ Orchestra (SB 10523)
Body And Soul - Fine Dinner.
Tommy Lindsay, Joe Guy trumpets; Earl Hardy, trombone; Jackie Fields, Eustis Moore, alto saxes: Coleman Hawkins, tenor sax; Gene Rodgers, piano; Oscar Smith, bass: Arthur Herbert, drums.
Coleman Hawkins’ second record has been released, and again we are compelled to report that his improvisations on the slow tunes are sterile and meaningless, and his tone on the fast side forced and unpleasant. In reply to Mr. Caughren, who criticized our stand on Hawkins in the December 8 number, we might observe that the point at issue is not the roughness of Hawkins’ tone, but its quality. A tone can be rough - - like Pee Wee Russell’s - without being strained. A good jazz tone on any wind instrument,we insist, must combine force with restraint in some degree of balance. The finest and hottest intonation comes when great power is firmly controlled. When the control slips, you have the kind of tenor Hawkins plays on Fine Dinner. And not only the tone fails, but the phrasing, which becomes stiff and a bit sloppy.
On Body And Soul the trouble is different. No forcing here, and the tone is immensely better, even if a little sentimental. But Hawkins plays almost entirely without inspiration: his variations are mechanically constructed of cliches and without much logic.
Hawkins' talent in his Henderson days was undeniably fine, and we don’t doubt that he can do much better than the new records show. His present band is certainly uninspiring.
Jazz Information December 22, 1939.
Editors note: Jazz Information ran as a weekly magazine from September 1939 to November 1941. It began life in the backroom of the Commodore Music Shop on 52nd St., NYC - the brainchild of former Columbia College students Ralph Gleason, Ralph Toledano, Eugene Williams and Jean Rayburn.
Some years ago an American musician, Joe Shepherd, put all but one issue on line although the site now seems to have vanished. It was a beautiful project that was ahead of its time even though they didn't always get it right as in the above review. - Lance.

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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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