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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 Saturday March 17


Rat Pack - Live from Las Vegas @ Sunderland Empire, High St West, Sunderland SR1 3EX. 2:30pm. Featuring Rat Pack Big Band & Burrelli Sisters.


KOAN 7 - the Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:00pm. £5.00. (£4.00. concs). ‘Form and Space’ ‘An evening of free improvisation and original composition’. Line-up includes John Pope (solo improvised set).

Rat Pack - Live from Las Vegas @ Sunderland Empire, High St West, Sunderland SR1 3EX. 7:30pm. Featuring Rat Pack Big Band & Burrelli Sisters.

Boys of Brass - Brandling Villa, Haddricks Mill Road, South Gosforth, Newcastle NE3 1QL. 9:00pm. Free.

Ben Cipolla - Great Broughton Village Hall, Ingleby Road, Great Broughton, Cleveland TS9 7ER. 7:30pm. Tickets: £12.50 from 01642 712176.

Gilded Thieves - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

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

Sunday, October 29, 2017

CD Review: (An evening with) Delfeayo Marsalis - Kalamazoo

Delfeayo Marsalis (trombone); Ellis Marsalis Jr. (piano); Reginald Veal (bass); Ralph Peterson (drums) + Christian O'Neill Diaz (vocal); Madison George (drums).
(Review by Lance).
We don't get many trombone-led quartet CDs for review so when one does come along it's a cause for celebration - particularly when it's as masterly a performance as this.
But after all, why shouldn't it be? It involves two members of the Marsalis clan - Ellis Marsalis Junior on piano and one of his younger sons on trombone.
Delfeayo incorporates the many facets of his instrument's capabilities. Dirty, down-home blues, growling glissandos and smears interspersed with an almost Dorsey-like smoothness as well as the occasional rapid-fire salvo so beloved of more contemporary players. Delfeayo isn't one to be pigeonholed, he's a man for all seasons - he swings no matter what the tempo.
His Dad is no mean swinger either. Ellis has a solo feature on If I Were a Bell  - no old-timer he! If I were to mount a small criticism it's his tendency to overdo the quotes. However, he does it so tastefully and live audiences do like a quote, particularly if their neighbour doesn't recognise it as such! It allows them a superior smirk and to whisper out of the side of their mouth "Rose of Washington Square".
From time to time, Veal pops up from the 'bassment' whilst Peterson justifies the prefix in the blurb as 'Mighty'. 
The show was seemingly over after It Don't Mean a Thing if it Ain't Got That Swing but of course it wasn't. Delfeayo invited any musicians from West Michigan University present to come up and jam. Only two picked up the invitation - Christian O'Neill Diaz and Madison George. Diaz scatted an ad-lib blues they called Blue Kalamazoo with Delfeayo doing a bit of paint-stripping whilst George thumped the tubs and spurred them on in this 12/8 blues.
To see it out, the quartet signed off with Do You Know What it Means to Miss New Orleans? - I do now although I've never been there!

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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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