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Bebop Spoken There

Don Rendell: "It was about the time that the organ-type piano attachment - the clavioline - was invented. And the poster billing at one place where we played up north announced proudly, but erroneously: "The Johnny Dankworth Seven, featuring Frank Holder and the cleolaine" " - (www.jazzprofessional.com, December 2001).

Mary Lou Williams: “...it was discovered I possessed perfect pitch. Rumour of this oddity spread throughout the school, and pupils would drop pots and pans and other loud objects, asking 'What note, Mary?' (Melody Maker, 1954).

Today Friday May 25

Afternoon

Rendezvous Jazz - Monkseaton Arms, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. Tel: 0191 251 3928. 1:00pm. Free.

Swing Manouche - Bishop Auckland Town Hall, Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL14 7NP. Tel: 03000 269 524. 1:00pm. £5.00.

Evening

Jerron ‘Blind Boy’ Paxton - Sage Gateshead. 7:45pm. £15.30. NRFH. Solo blues, multi-instrumentalist, influences include Fats Waller & Blind Lemon Jefferson.

Shatner’s Bassoon - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8:00pm. £8 (£6 in advance).

Hand to Mouth (Lindsay Hannon & Bradley Johnston) - Vicolo: Live in the Lane, Tyneside Cinema, Pilgrim Street, Newcastle NE1 6QG. 8:00pm. Free.

Baghdaddies - Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay NE26 1BG. 6:00pm. Online booking: £10.00. + £1.37 booking fee. The Whitley Bay Carnival ‘Big Ball’ featuring debut of the Baghdaddies’ big band line-up.

Nick Pride & the Pimptones - Cumberland Arms, James Place Street, Byker, Newcastle NE6 1LD. Tel: 0191 265 6151. 6:00pm. Free.

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

Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7pm.

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

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra directed by Tommy Smith presents­ An Evening with Kurt Elling: SYNTOPICON

Perth, Concert Hall 21st February 2014 at 7.30pm
 Mill Street, Perth PH1 5HZ  01738 621031  Online Box Office
Edinburgh, Queen’s Hall 22nd February 2014  at 7.30 pm   
89 Clerk Street, Edinburgh EH8 9JG  0131 668 2019  Online Box Office       
Glasgow, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland 23rd February 2014  at 7.30pm
100 Renfrew Street Glasgow G2 3DB  0141 332 5057  Online Box Office       
2014 begins in bold style for The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra (SNJO) with yet another adventurous collaboration – this time with the world’s foremost jazz vocalist, Kurt Elling  Together they present Syntopicon, a concert exploring life’s philosophies through music.
Kurt Elling is an international star, whose rich baritone voice spans four octaves and features both astonishing technical mastery and emotional depth.  Using his extraordinary skills in vocalese, scat and the spoken word, Kurt warmly communicates with his audience while self-penned lyrics are more than a companion to the melody.  They are words expressed as notes, and notes expressed as words…. and every word counts.
Syntopicon” - a portmanteau, a grab-bag of ideas, or group of topics - is music to embrace and deliver universal ideas through intelligent words, wonderful music and breathtaking song extoling in equal measures the vicissitudes of Love, Life, Joy, Beauty, Knowledge, Language and Courage.
Fresh arrangements specially commissioned by the SNJO will give free reign to Elling’s highly cultivated use of vocalese – the creation of new song based on improvised melody.  From Bernstein’s euphoric and youthful West Side Story to Paul Simon’s mid-west, mid life crisis, American Tune or taking a spin in John Scofield’s Jeep on 35, audiences will love the diversity of material. There’s a place too for the internationalism of Vince Mendoza’s Esperanto; a chance to Go on one of Wayne Shorter’s stellar excursions; and time to enjoy the quietness of still waters in a “boat song” very much closer to home.
The vision is as celebratory as it is revelatory. Some of the most admired works of Mingus, Monk, Ellington, Pastorius and Shorterare on offer having been arranged by some of the foremost jazz arrangers worldwide at present. Geoffrey Keezer, Michael Abene, Bob Mintzer. Tommy Smith and Jim McNeely have all contributed to this great evening of wonderful music, breath-taking song and shared experience – surely to be a jazz highlight of 2014!
 “Elling is the standout male vocalist of our time.”  The New York Times,
“Since the mid-1990s, no singer in jazz has been as daring, dynamic or interesting as Kurt Elling. With his soaring vocal flights, his edgy lyrics and sense of being on a musical mission, he has come to embody the creative spirit in jazz.”  Washington Post,
NB: All Concerts start at 7.30 pm. There is a free pre concert talk with Kurt and Tommy at 6.45pm.

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