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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.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Wanda Jackson at the Sage Summertyne Americana Festival.Saturday July 21

Wanda Jackson (vocals); Simon ? (keys); Graham ? (drums); John? ( bass guitar); Derek? (guitar)
(Review by Ann Alex).
Wanda Jackson entertained us mightily, even though she was troubled by laryngitis on this final performance of her three week tour, which had covered such far flung places as Spain, Portugal and Holland.  Her warm personality and the interesting tales of her life were as good to hear as the
full-throated rock and roll that she performed.  Did you know that she had dated Elvis Presley, or that she became a born-again Christian in 1971?  Confessing that last fact takes some courage in this day and age.  Anyway, what about the music, you ask me?
Opening with Lieber and Stoller’s Riot in Cell Block Number 9, the songs and stories rolled out. Rock You Baby; Elvis classics such as Heartbreak Hotel and Shakin’ all Over;  the religious song I Saw The Light; a song with yodelling (I was so intrigued with the yodelling that I didn’t catch the title.)  There was a version of a song Where is my Wedding Ring, with alternate verses in country style and rock and roll style, to demonstrate the difference. We were treated to Wanda’s own song Mean Mean Man which was no mean song, and then we were brought up to date, with songs which were included on an album done in collaboration with Jack White of the White Stripes.  This included her version of Amy Winehouse’s I’m No Good.  Ms Jackson amusingly pointed out to us that the words had been amended as the original words were not ‘age-appropriate’, that is for a woman in her 70’s.  Some people were dancing in the aisle by this stage of the second set, which rounded off well with Let’s Have a Party and Whole Lotta Shakin’ Going On.
The band acquitted themselves really well, with one or two short solos in the rock and roll style, mostly from piano and guitar.  An enjoyable evening.
Ann Alex  


Anonymous said...

mOOn DOGS of course were the band backing wanda Jackson .
Derik Timms
Graham Walker
John (Guiness) Gordon
Simon Webb.

Ann Alex said...

Anonymous, Thanks for that information. Wanda gave only the forenames of the band, or maybe I wasn't listening hard enough! Ann Alex

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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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