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Bebop Spoken There

Sonny Rollins: "I work very hard. I wear out suits playing." - (Downbeat May 29, 1969.)

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Bob Brookmeyer: "The group's philosophy? We're saving to buy new uniforms - the ties wore out." - (Crescendo March 1965).

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Today Tuesday March 28

Jonathan Silk's Fragment Quartet - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £10/£8. JNE/Schmazz gig.
Maine Street Jazzmen - Royal British Legion Club, West Jesmond ave., Newcastle NE2 3EX. 8:30pm. £5.
Charles Gordon (solo piano) - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Newcastle. 10pm - midnight. Free.
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Northern Monkey Brass Band - The Fox, West End Tce., Hexham NE46 3DB. 9pm.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Thinking about Jazz Record Requests @ Sage Gateshead - March 18

(Review by Russell)
Jazz Record Requests is required listening. Your weekly Saturday afternoon appointment with Alyn Shipton is the jazz world’s equivalent of devotees of The Archers tuning to BBC Radio 4 Monday to Friday, never missing an episode. This March 18 edition of Jazz Record Requests was broadcast live during BBC Radio 3’s Free Thinking Festival at Sage Gateshead. The concourse overlooking a gray River Tyne a hive of activity – Radio 3 people busying themselves with who knows what and a Tyneside public with a thirst for listening to other people think – the natural meeting place for JRR’s legion of fans, familiar faces at every turn.
Hello to Margaret, Jim and Joyce, just out of a free thinking session with a former Formula 1 World Champion (Damon Hill) and a bit of political free thinking with Harriet Harmon. A hello to John and Kathy, Hugh C (soon to star on JRR), Newcastle Jazz Co-op’s Debra M (anything Hugh can do...), Dr J Birkett on a flying visit, Dr Edis (the star of the show), Kate, Jeremy, Ann Alex and Tony E.
Free Thinkers were everywhere, thinking about thinking. Radio 3’s pop-up studio to one side of the concourse café, a Bentley baby grand tuned ready for Paul Edis to play a selection from There Will Be Time. Tony E wanted to eat, your reviewer fancied a pint. Thinking (it’s contagious), it was a no-brainer…Central Bar, here we come.

Radio 3 runs to time (opera relays the exception!). Four o’clock on the dot Alyn Shipton introduced another edition of Jazz Record Requests. Wireless headphones were freely available to the many JRR listeners on the concourse. A number of Free Thinking thinkers went into the pop-up studio to share thoughts about their chosen disc. Hugh C chose a commissioned Millennium piece by Andy Sheppard and Kathryn Tickell, Debra M opted for Eddie Jefferson’s vocalese take on Bird’s Now’s the Time, plugging the Jazz Co-op into the bargain! Concluding matters, Ros Rigby, until recently a fixture at Sage Gateshead and still involved with the Gateshead International Jazz Festival, spoke to Mr Shipton about this year’s event scheduled for March 31-April 2. The focal point of this edition of JRR was There Will Be Time, Paul Edis’ solo piano CD. Shipton chatted to Edis (see photo) and  Edis played the piano, Vignette a highlight. An excellent way to spend a Saturday afternoon! Let’s hope that Jazz Record Requests returns to the region before too long. Listen again via the BBC’s iPlayer.     
Russell.

3 comments :

  1. Great to see you all there and to meet so many listeners! Thanks for the kind comments Russell and we hope Lance will be back with us next time we are at Sage!

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  2. Great weekend all round. JRR (53 years in December)regulars may wish to look out for a feature on JRR (Radio 3's "Archers") on Radio 4's "Feedback" programme broadcast on Fridays at 4 o'clock.

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  3. I've just been listing to the Sunday repeat of Feedback - more of Debra M & Hugh C! Radio veterans both!

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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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