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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 Saturday March 17


Rat Pack - Live from Las Vegas @ Sunderland Empire, High St West, Sunderland SR1 3EX. 2:30pm. Featuring Rat Pack Big Band & Burrelli Sisters.


KOAN 7 - the Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:00pm. £5.00. (£4.00. concs). ‘Form and Space’ ‘An evening of free improvisation and original composition’. Line-up includes John Pope (solo improvised set).

Rat Pack - Live from Las Vegas @ Sunderland Empire, High St West, Sunderland SR1 3EX. 7:30pm. Featuring Rat Pack Big Band & Burrelli Sisters.

Boys of Brass - Brandling Villa, Haddricks Mill Road, South Gosforth, Newcastle NE3 1QL. 9:00pm. Free.

Ben Cipolla - Great Broughton Village Hall, Ingleby Road, Great Broughton, Cleveland TS9 7ER. 7:30pm. Tickets: £12.50 from 01642 712176.

Gilded Thieves - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

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

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Sting: When The Last Ship Sails. BBC1 Sunday December 22.

Sting (vcls/ gtr/bs/narration); Jimmy Nail (vcl); Jo Lawry (vcl); Kathryn Tickell (vln/North-pipes); Peter Tickell (vln/man); Julian Sutton (melodion); Ira Coleman (bs); Joe Bonadio (dms); Dominic Miller (gtrs); The Wilson Family (vcls); Rob Mathes (MD/pno/gtr/vcl).
(Review by Lance).
This was good! It wasn't jazz - it wasn't intended to be. It was folksy and, musically, better suited for review by Ann Alex rather than myself. However, as AA probably never worked in a shipyard and I spent my early wage-earning years loosely connected to the then ginormous industry, perhaps she will excuse me for pulling rank!
Filmed in a small New York theatre - yes, not the New York near Whitley Bay but in the Big Apple itself - the show featured songs from Wallsend-born Sting's forthcoming play, When The Last Ship Sails. Now, irrespective of whether you have been deafened by a caulker or got a flash (eye damage not sexual) from a welder it doesn't matter. The music overrides these things and indeed brings them to the understanding of the layman.
The songs are good and well performed by Sting and fellow Geordie Jimmy Nail along with the lovely Jo Lawry, the equally lovely Kathryn Tickell and a cast of fellow male north-easteners.
I'm saying it isn't jazz but, somehow, even when Sting talks you think jazz - he has a cadence to his voice that he didn't get from living in Wallsend. Or maybe he did. I recall gigs at the Memorial Hall in Wallsend by Johnny Dankworth and Mick Mulligan as well as a few local jazz bands. These gigs were whilst Sting was still a toddlin' Gordon but perhaps they left something in the air that hung around and settled on the then Master Sumner and inspired him to become the worldwide phenomenon that he eventually did.
I can't wait to see the actual play but, in the meantime, the show's got a few iplayer days left. Perfect Xmas day viewing!


Anonymous said...

Outstanding diamond of a duet for me was Jo Lawry and Sting singing
Practical Arrangement.

Lance said...

Anonymous comment published at Editor's discretion.

Ponteland McGriff said...

I like some of it, but the more Lionel Barty bits get on my nerves. However I suppose they're obligatory for Musical Theatre.
I agree about the duet - amazing 2 part harmony.
Another cavil: his accent is somewhere in the Atlantic between Morpeth and Manhattan.

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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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