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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 28, 2014


Sage Gateshead is hosting its second annual festival - ‘Everyone Deserves Music’- aimed at everyone interested in the value of music in our lives.
Teachers, musicians, music practitioners and music organisations will descend on the international music centre from April to hear from inspirational cultural leaders as well as performances from music degree students studying at the venue. The festival is being run in partnership with Sound Sense – the UK professional association promoting community music and supporting community musicians.
 Keynote speakers at a Symposium on April 29 include François Matarasso (writer and researcher and author of Use or Ornament) and Green Party Leader Natalie Bennett. They will be addressing the following subjects: ‘Music: What is it Good for?’ (Francois Matarasso) and ‘How Can Music Save the Planet?’ (Natalie Bennett)
Throughout April and early May students from the BA (Hons) Community Music degree (delivered by Sage Gateshead in partnership with University of Sunderland) have created an exciting programme of performances from Alnwick to Northallerton, including a number of events at Sage Gateshead showcasing the up-and-coming talents of musicians studying music there.
Katherine Zeserson, Director of Learning and Participation, at Sage Gateshead, said: “Everyone Deserves Music is a region-wide celebration of why music is so important for all of us and highlights the importance and benefits of being involved in music, whether that’s as a performer, a participant or audience member. The Symposium is also a great opportunity for people to meet like-minded peers and explore new ways of involving more people in music-making.”
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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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