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Bebop Spoken There

Dizzy Gillespie: "If they ever make a movie about Charlie Parker, Sonny Stitt is the man to play the part." - (DownBeat May 25, 1961).
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Mark Crooks: “Playing the songbook repertoire is what I really like to do. There’s a hundred lifetimes of material for me to explore there.” – (Jazz Journal April 2015).

Today Tuesday March 31

Afternoon.
ADVANCED JAZZ GUITAR - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 5pm. £15.
Fortnightly course - It's today!.
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Evening.
RIFF RAFF - Jazz Café, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5SG. 8pm. £10/£8.
A JNE/Schmazz promotion - looks to be worth checking out.
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CHARLES GORDON TRIO - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Newcastle. 9 (8.30pm?) - 11pm.
New regular Tuesday night with Charles on keys, Jeff Armstrong on drums and...?
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GAVIN LEE's DIXIELAND JAZZ BAND - New Inn, 29 Church St., Durham. DH1 3DN. 9pm. Free.
Gavin's bands are always interesting and this is well worth the trip.
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PLAY MORE JAZZ - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7.30pm. £15.
Weekly workshop.
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JAM SESSION - Jazz Café, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5SG. 8pm. Free.
Come and jam with Peter Gilligan, Paul Grainger & Paul Wight. First and third Tuesdays - Back April 7
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MAINE ST. JAZZMEN - British Legion, West Jesmond (nr. Metro Station). 8:30pm. £5.
First Tuesday - Back on April 7.
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CUSTOMS HOUSE BIG BAND - New Crown Hotel, Mowbray Rd., South Shields. 7.30pm. Free.
Open rehearsal/concert by top big band. The beer's good and the band even better! Monthly - Back on April 7.
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HENRY'S SWING CLUB - Brandling Villa, South Gosforth. 8.30pm. Free.
Monthly Blues - Back April 7.
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IMPROV WORKSHOP- Jazz Café, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5SG. 8pm. Free.
Monthly. Back April 14.

Monday, November 30, 2009

USE IT - OR LOSE IT - Jazz at the Saville.

Hello everybody – please do read all of this!
On Friday December 11 at 8.00pm we hold our celebrated Christmas Extravaganza: this year it's KEITH NICHOLS with the WEST JESMOND RHYTHM KINGS. Our theme will be “The Good Old Good Ones”.
The WJRK, augmented by the celebrated Mr Nichols, will play a session that reveals two very different interpretations of this phrase: in the first half, a selection of classic jazz pieces from the 1920s repertoire of Oliver, Morton and Armstrong, followed in the second half by a programme of “traditional jazz favourites” – the tunes for which we most frequently get requests, played more in the Barber/Colyer Bilk style of the 1950s.
In the true spirit of Christmas, Mr Nichols will make his own special gift to the audience in the shape of his inimitable piano and vocal renditions of the works of Mr Thomas Waller.
There will also be our celebrated Grand Christmas Raffle, with more than a dozen prizes of seasonal goodies, wines and spirits and the odd CD or two.
We hope that there will be a really strong turnout for this event: in the last twelve months, we have lost a fair amount of money, but a mere 15 more paying customers per concert would have seen us breaking even. The cash reserves we had carefully built up over the preceding two years have now been just about exhausted. We hate to utter gloomy thoughts at Christmastide, but with costs set to rise in the New Year, with the loss of help from the North Tyneside Arts Support Team - sadly made redundant as the Council struggle to balance their budget - and with no continuing support from Arts Council England, we really need a boost in audience numbers in the months ahead if we are to continue to present overseas bands and UK bands from outside the North East. So, do make the effort to get along to the Exchange, maybe drag a friend or two along with you, spread the word whenever you can, and hopefully we can keep the flag flying for high-quality traditional jazz at the Saville Exchange. Like our American cousins say, it really is a case of “use it or lose it”……….
Lastly, the latest word on Box Office arrangements is that the phone number will remain the same (0191 643 7093) but there will be no-one on hand at the Saville Exchange to take advance bookings in person. Also, the Council inform us that from January onwards it will not be possible to reserve specific seats - while we have no fears of anyone being turned away for lack of space, we can only advise you to arrive early if you want to be sure of sitting with friends or in your favourite spot. Doors will be open from 6.00pm.
With best wishes for a Happy Christmas and a splendidly jazzy New Year,
Mike Durham.

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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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