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Bebop Spoken There

Roland Hanna: "To me, music is a sort of a help-mate for human beings to get through life with; it's a valve for us to release some of the pressure that builds up." - (Crescendo June 1980).

Rodney Whitaker: “I started playing jazz because a neighbor saw me carrying my upright bass home, and he made me know how important it was that I was part of a legacy – informed me about Paul Chambers and Ron Carter.” – (Down Beat November 2014).

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Today Sunday November 23.

Afternoon
MUSICIANS UNLIMITED BIG BAND - Park Inn, Park Rd., Hartlepool TS26 9HU. Free. 1pm-3pm.
Always a good way to spend Sunday afternoon listening to a band in "The Park".
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MORE JAM - The Globe, Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 3pm. Free.
Fourth Sunday in the month jam aimed at both seasoned jammers and those knocking on the door. Today's the day!
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SOLO JAZZ - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 2AE. 0191 2399924. 1pm.
Quality food and great solo jazz.
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DEAN STOCKDALE TRIO.- The Forum, Darlington. 5.30pm. £4/£2.
Fortnightly - and it's TODAY with an Oscar Peterson tribute!
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SMOKIN' SPITFIRES - The Cluny, Lime St., Ouseburn, Newcastle. 12.30pm.£6.50.
Bubble Foundation fundraiser. Monthly, first Sunday. Back on December 7.
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AM JAM - The Globe, Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 3pm.
The AM (amateur) may attract the less talented and deter the more discerning listener. Hopefully not and should instead be regarded as a chance to spot and encourage the stars of the future. Monthly, second Sunday back on Dec. 14.
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Evening.
VASILIS XENOPOULOS w. PAUL EDIS TRIO- Black Bull, Bridge St., Blaydon NE21 4JJ. 8pm £6.
Monthly - Tonight's the night and it promises to be quite a night!
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SEAN NOONAN w. the SUWALKI STRING QUARTET - Bridge Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle NE1 1RQ. £8/£6. 8pm.
A JNE "Straight Ahead" gig featuring drums and a string quartet
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TIM KLIPHUIS w. TRIO GITANE - The Witham, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LY. 7.30pm. £10/£8.
Hot Club fiddler from Holland. Looks good.
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FUMI OKIJI'S OLD TIME JAZZ BAND - Holy Trinity Church, Matfen, Northumberland, NE20 0TF. £10/£6. 7.30pm.
Fumi and her men continue to spread the word...
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MAINE STREET JAZZMEN - Seaton Sluice Social Club. 8pm. £3.
Monthly - Back in December.
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VIEUX CARRE JAZZMEN - Red House Pub and Farm, Hepscott Dr., Whitley Bay NE25 9XJ.
Monthly - Back on Dec. 7.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Gannets @ Star & Shadow Cinema.

Fyfe Dangerfield (keyboards/electronics), Chris Cundy (bass clarinet/saxcello/electronics), Alex Ward (clarinet/alto saxophone), Dom Lash (double bass), Steve Noble (drums/whistle). The quintet took to the stage upon which free jazz heavyweights such as Ken Vandermark and Charles Gayle had given towering performances in recent times. Undaunted, the band led the hardcore audience on a rollercoaster ride of fearsome blowing, subtle shuffles and convincing drum 'n' bass excursions.
Bandleader Fyfe Dangerfield ensured a collaborative effort; reeds players Cundy and Ward offered lyrical then full on contributions, bass player Dom Lash, an emerging figure on the free jazz scene, gave a committed performance and the man at the back - Steve Noble - had it all covered. Noble, no stranger to Tyneside, gave a percussion (and whistle!) masterclass amidst the group performance - New Orleans shuffles, Blakeyian press rolls, swing to bop to improv. A good gig.
An hors d'oeuvre to the main event was the screening of Shirley Clarke's documentary film ''Ornette: Made in America''. The interest in the film could be gaged by the presence in the audience of members of Gannets - themselves the main attraction of the evening.
Last night's event was the latest in Jazz North East's offering of free jazz concerts (a series of concerts known as ''On the Outside''). The next installment is the highlight of the year for fans of the music - it comes in the form of the three day festival ''On the Outside'' held at the wonderfully renovated Gateshead Old Town Hall from Friday 9th to Sunday 11th October inclusive. So many names, so much to hear including Marilyn Crispell, Marc Ducret, Rudi Mahall, Chad Taylor and Graeme Wilson. It all adds up to five sessions over three days preceeded by an improvisation workshop and drum clinic on Thursday 8th.
The marathon event will be captured on canvas by artist in residence Gina Southgate. Tickets from Gateshead Old Town Hall, JG Windows and Roots Music. Further details from http://www.jazznortheast.co.uk/ or telephone 0191 265 5699. Russell

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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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