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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 Wednesday March 21


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

Rod Sinclair & Tom Fletcher - The Vault, Hallgate, Hexham NE46 1XD. 2:00pm. £7.50.


Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8:00pm. £1.00

The Village Hall New Orleans Band - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:15pm £3.00.

Moonshine Sessions - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson Street, 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.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

The Puppini Sisters @ The Americana Festival, The Sage, Gateshead.

Marcello Puppini, Stephanie O'Brien, Kate Mullins (The "Puppini Sisters"); Blake Wilner (gtr); Henrik Jensen (bs); Pete? (dms).
Irrespective of what's been and what's to come - This Was It! 
Immaculately gowned and coiffured, the girls gave a stunning performance that, for me, was absolutely outstanding. 
The opener, Bei Mir Bist Du Schon, was inspired by - and possibly even eclipsed - the original Andrews Sisters version. That's how good it was. Was I In Love? (that was the tune's title and also the question I posed myself as these three lovely ladies strutted their stuff), Mr. Sandman (a fifties hit for The Chordettes) led to a take on Kay Starr's version of Side By Side. Kay did a multi track duet with herself back then and the girls simulated it superbly.
It Don't Mean A Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing - the first show-stopper.. The inspiration this time was provided by the greatest of all the early girl groups - The Boswell Sisters. If Connie Boswell had been around to hear this I swear she'd have leapt out of her wheelchair and joined in. Changes of mood and tempo plus snatches of Is You Is Or Is You Ain't My Baby and Mambo Italiano made this something else!
I Feel Pretty and True Love eased the way for another Boswellian epic - Heebie Jeedbies. Was this the closer? No we had Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy From Company B as an encore. Wow! this was another classic. These girls don't just sing - they move and how! They can shake their butts better than almost anyone I know.
The accompanying group were absolutely right on the money and the girls themselves had some instrumental moments with Marcello playing accordion, Kate, glockenspiel and melodica and Stephanie, flute.
Next time let's have them back as headliners.

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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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