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Bebop Spoken There

Rex Stewart: "Screwy chords and modern harmonies may be exciting to play, but they will never be bread-and-butter-music." - (Melody Maker April 24, 1948. From Colin Aitchison's amazing collection).
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Vasilis Xenopoulos: “I like playing jazz that has form, and structure. That’s what I’ve been doing for years and I like it.” – (Jazzwise July 2015).

Today Friday July 3

Afternoon.
RENDEZVOUS JAZZ - Monkseaton Arms, Front St, Monkseaton. 1pm. Free.
Classic jazz.
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Evening.
PAUL EDIS TRIO - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 9pm. £5 (£3 before 8.30pm).
Paul's back from NYC with a whole lot of inspiration!.
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HANNAH TAYLOR/PHIL RICHARDSON - Vermont Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle NE1 1RQ. 6pm - 9pm. 0191 2331010. Free.
Another dynamic duo!
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KING BEE - Hoochie Coochie, 54 Pilgrim St., Newcastle NE16SF. Doors 7pm. £5.
Doesn't get any better than this - anywhere!
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LONG LONESOME GO/ZEEROX/THIS THEN - Empty Shop, Framwellgate Bridge, Durham, DH1 4SY. £3. 7.30pm.
All this for £3! The shop won't be empty for long.
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BROKEN LEVEE - Central Bar, Half Moon Lane, Gateshead. 8pm. £3
If the levee's broken these guys will fixit!
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BLUES NIGHT (band to be announced) - Dun Cow, 9 High St. West. Sunderland, SR1 3HA. 8pm. £4.
Blues by the best. Tonight's the night!

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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