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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 30, 2015

Hannah Taylor & Alix Shepherd @ The Redwood Bar - March 29

Hannah Taylor (vcl); Alix Shepherd (pno).
The Redwood Bar of Newcastle's Vermont Hotel (Do they have a Newcastle Hotel in Vermont, I wonder?) is the latest watering hole to feature jazz tinged artists. Friday's opener was by Andrea Patterson, Saturday it was Zoe Gilby and last night Hannah Taylor, accompanied by Alix Shepherd on piano, took centre stage.
I had time to spare en route to Jason's gig at Bonbar so I decided to check it out.
An opulently furnished room, two real ales, a baby grand and some classy vocals - what more could one ask for?
Listeners for a start!
There weren't many in but, at 6.30pm on a Sunday evening what did they expect? No doubt it filled up after time was called at the church (Sunday gigs here run from 6pm to 9pm).
Hannah Taylor, known to many as a member of Ruth Lambert's Shoeshop Quartet (Ruth is here on Friday - April 3) looked good and sounded great on a selection of contemporary classics such as Feel Like Making Love; Another Little Bit of my Heart; Moon Dance and Mr Big Stuff
On piano, Alix Shepherd was sympathetic in accompaniment and creative in solo. Together they worked well and it was with some reluctance that I left,

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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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