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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.

Friday, March 29, 2013

Burundanga @ Hoochie Coochie March 28, 2013

(Review by Lance)
Burundanga, I learned after the gig, is also the name of a drug said to be used by US criminals who hand out business cards impregnated with the shit to incapacitate their victim. I didn't really need to know this having just been given a card by Sara, the band's manager!
It was true - I did feel incapacitated although that may have been caused by the bottles of London Pride consumed or perhaps the infectious rhythms laid down by the band rather than any dodgy cards.

Burundanga - the band - are a multi-national ensemble, well known around the region, whose music knows no boundaries. Brazil, Cuba, Jamaica, Africa - Reggae, Ska, Hip-Hop, Funk and several other genres entertained the near capacity crowd who danced like Dervishes to the frenzied rhythms.

Many of the songs were familiar but, being sung in Spanish (or some derivative), I couldn't put names to them or the band for that matter!. With a line-up of lead guitar/vocals, bass guitar, drums, congas, timbales/vocals etc the sextet's emphasis was on compelling Latin rhythms and ethnic vocals with few solos although when the lead guitarist vacated the mic. he proved he could handle the axe by soloing with mucho dexterity. This was as close as we got to any jazz but the excitement fermented by the percussionists, augmented as they were by the cocktail shaking bar staff whose work rate matched that of the band, more than compensated for it.

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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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