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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, March 31, 2014

Havana Club 5 - Splinter @ The Bridge

Carlos Luis Rivera (perc/vcl); Paco Rivera (perc/vcl); Alan Law (pno); Sarah Travena (sop); Paul Grainger (bs) + Zoe Gilby (vcl).
(Review by Lance).
The north east is blessed with a variety of Latin American influenced bands and always has been - some more authentic than others. I well recall listening, some years ago, to the Andean music of Apu busking at Monument and elsewhere (are they still around?). More recently we've seen the emergence of Hannabiell and Midnight Blue, Burundanga and now Havana Club 5.
If this gig had been at, say, Hoochie the dance floor would have been a mass of writhing dervishes such were the infectious rhythms generated by the band. The Splinter audience, in the main older and more reserved, remained firmly rooted to their seats although with no less enthusiasm - in this case loud applause and plenty of "Woo-hoos"
The Rivera boys, cousins I'm told, toured as support to Santana sometime in their history and their percussive skills are well deserving of such an accolade.
Recently a lady on tv broke the world record for cracking a 1000 tiles with her bare hands. It occurred to me, as Carlos pummelled away at the bongos, that he too could do that! Paco, who gave the appearance of someone who might sell you a lottery ticket on a street corner in Havana, did a cha cha cha or a meringue as he employed a variety of samba whistles, cabasas, wind chimes, agogo bells, and other percussive items to great effect.
I don't know if Alan Law has been to Havana but if he has he should have been given the freedom of the city or at least a big fat cigar - tonight he was on fire.
It was a relatively quiet night for Paul Grainger on bass guitar - doing just what was needed and leaving the show-boating to the others. Sarah had some impressive soprano solos - the opening No More Blues demonstrated fully her fluency with the instrument and the idiom.
As a bonus, we had Besamé Mucho from Zoe who coped admirably in a key too high for comfort. Her scat chorus in Geordiese was something else!
The band finished off with The In Crowd and that's what we were tonight - the in crowd!

1 comment :

Ken Drew (on F/b) said...

Sounds a fantastic gig - I'd planned to get there late - but was unavoidably detained on a boat going no-where on the Tyne. The end of the AV Festival was another cool gig - but for all the wrong reasons !

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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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