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Bebop Spoken There

Bob Belden: "In England they called us [Woody Herman's 1979 band] 'loud and obnoxious!' I thought that was a compliment." - (Woody Herman - Chronicles of the Herds by William D. Clancy w. Audree Coke Kenton. Pub. Schirmer Books 1995).
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JK Simmons: “I didn’t have a jazz background but I strummed my guitar badly in coffee houses when I was a kid.” (Radio Times 24-30 January 2015).

Today Sunday January 25

Afternoon
MUSICIANS UNLIMITED BIG BAND - Park Inn, Park Rd., Hartlepool TS26 9HU. Free. 1pm.
Long established big band session on Teesside
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DURHAM UNI BIG BAND - The Forum, Darlington. 5.30pm - Band 6pm.
Today's the day!
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MORE JAM - The Globe, Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 3pm. Free.
C'mon and blow! Monthly, today's the day!
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? - Saltburn Conservative Club, Saltburn by the Sea. 2-5pm. £3.
New Sunday afternoon venture down in sunny Saltburn. Also happy hour 3pm-5pm beer/lager £2 a pint!
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NO TIME FOR JIVE - Tap & Spile, 1 Battle Hill, Hexham NE46 1BH. 4pm. Free.
Chicago Blues.
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IAN HARRINGTON (solo piano) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 2AE. 0191 2399924. 1pm.
Quality food and great solo jazz.
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WHIPLASH - Tyne Cinema Pilgrim St., Newcastle NE1
Much publicised film about an aspiring drummer and his tyrant of a teacher. More details.
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SMOKIN' SPITFIRES - - The Cluny, Lime St., Ouseburn, Newcastle. 12.30pm. £6.50.
Charity fundraiser for the Bubble Foundation. Back Feb. 1.
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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, back Feb. 8.
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Evening.
DIACHRONICX - Bridge Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle NE1 1RQ. £8/£6. 8pm.
Gabrielle Heller and Steve Glendinning in duo mode.
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MAINE STREET JAZZMEN - Seaton Sluice Social Club. 8pm. £3.
Monthly - back in February!
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VIEUX CARRE JAZZMEN - Red House Pub and Farm, Hepscott Dr., Whitley Bay NE25 9XJ.
Monthly - Back Feb. 1.
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Black Bull, Bridge St., Blaydon NE21 4JJ. 8pm £5.
Back March 15, 2015 with SSBB!.

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.
The idea of this blog is for you to share your thoughts and pass on your comments on discs, gigs, jazz - music in general. If you've been to a gig/concert or heard a CD that knocked you sideways please share your views with us. Tell us about your favourites, your memories, your dislikes.
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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