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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.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Harley Johnson Trio @ The Cherry Tree Restaurant, Jesmond. Monday Jan 18.

Harley Johnson (pno), Jim Crinson (bs), Eric Stutt (dms).
Unfortunately, as I was unable to make the gig after helping to set it up, I'm unable to give a full rundown. However, after speaking to the musicians concerned, it seems as though it went down okay and with the promise of more gigs to come I guess I can say that the Cherry Tree's reputation for good music and good food hasn't been compromised.
Peter, the owner, has since Emailed me to say, "We were very pleased with Harley. He got a pretty good reception from the audience but perhaps some of his stuff was not well known to many of them. I suppose this is where the more commercial stuff clashes with the more creative enjoyed by jazz musos. But he is a very talented guy and I suppose he will develop even further. He came well prepared and the trio played some very tight numbers together which I appreciated. They obviously play a lot together. He brought with him a play list which he gave to me and this included, All the things you are, I can't get started, Beautiful love, Someday my prince will come (played in waltz time - a great favourite of mine), My funny valentine, Billies Bounce (Charlie Parker), St Thomas (Sonny Rollins), These foolish things, All of you, Stella by starlight, Round midnight (everyone plays this ) , Oleo, I got rhythm. All very well played.
Next Monday (Jan 25) Mo Scott and Stu Collingwood."

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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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