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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 Wednesday March 21


Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free admission.

Rod Sinclair & Tom Fletcher - The Vault, Hallgate, Hexham NE46 1XD. 2:00pm. £7.50.


Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8:00pm. £1.00

The Village Hall New Orleans Band - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:15pm £3.00.

Moonshine Sessions - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson Street, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 8:30pm. Free.

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

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Big Band Rehearsal in Hebburn

Even though we're in the 21st century I still gain a degree of satisfaction from hearing of musicians of varying ability and age getting together and making music as much for their own pleasure as for personal gain and acclaim. It was to observe just such a happening taking place in our local church that I made my way down  to St. Oswalds in Hebburn - a mere couple of streets away from where I live.
The Off Key Big Band, under the musical direction of John Fay, were getting to grips with  Cry Me a River as well as a couple of the staple ingredients of the Glenn Miller Cook Book - Little Brown Jug and American Patrol. It is fashionable to decry Miller's music but to the general public Miller is the name the man in the street associates with big band swing, much more so than Goodman, Ellington or Basie and it is those people who will no doubt be their most likely audience.
It's not for me to pass comment - at a rehearsal you don't practice what you can already preach - and I'm sure that, come their concert in the very same church on July 12 (see poster in RH column), the pieces will have been honed to perfection.

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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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