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Bebop Spoken There

Newcastle Evening Chronicle (1930): "...questioning, incidentally, the right of either [saxophone or bagpipes] to be looked upon as a musical instrument instead of as one of torture." - (Melody Maker June 1930). From Colin Aitchison's amazing collection).

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Joel Harrison: “It’s incredibly hard to play bebop on guitar, harder than on saxophone.” – (Jazz Times August 2015)

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Today Tuesday August 4

Afternoon
Levee Ramblers New Orleans Jazz Band - Tynemouth Metro Station. 1pm. Free.
Evening.
Jam Session - Jazz Café, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5SG. 8pm. Free.
Charles Gordon/Ken Hewitt Duo - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Newcastle. 7.30-10pm. Free.
Gavin Lee’s Dixieland Band - New Inn, 29 Church St., Durham. DH1 3DN. 9pm. Free.
Ian Bosworth - Dorman's Club, Oxford Rd., Middlesbrough. 9pm. Free.
Henry’s Swing Club - Brandling Villa, South Gosforth. 8:30pm. Free.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Plenty New Under the Sun (Ra)

The Sage Gateshead Jazz Festival is now but just over 5 weeks away and, on paper, looks likely to be the best yet. There are so many good things happening that it is nigh impossible to encapsulate them all here so I intend to take an occasional look at some of them individually between now and March 26 which is the opening night.
This is the night when Jerry Dammers' Spatial A.K.A. Orchestra pay tribute to their spiritual inspirations - the Cosmic Jazz of Sun Ra and Alice Coltrane.
However, this is more than the sincerest form of flattery it is an original concept in it's own right mingling their sounds with those of dub innovator Coxsone Dodd, exotica pioneer Martin Denny and more.
Expect outré costumes, theatrics and visuals in a mix of ska, reggae, hip-hop, dub-step, rock and outer -spatial sounds - "an unforgetable ride across the galaxies", the brochure tells us, featuring some of the UK's finest jazz musicians. Well, at Gateshead, you wouldn't expect anything less.
To whet your appetite for what's in store click here.
The only downside to this concert is that it clashes with the Stan Tracey Octet in Hall Two of which more later.
Jerry Dammers' Spatial A.K.A. Orchestra Hall One. Friday March 26 7:30 pm. Tickets £19.50 from The Sage Box Office, by phone 0191 4434661, or online at www.thesagegateshead.org.
Lance.

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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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