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Bebop Spoken There

Pete Rugolo: "Never feel that you have to set the world on fire in one go. Remember you are going to write a thousand arrangements- (Crescendo August 1993 ).
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Pete Oxley: “I got into jazz when I was about 14 and remember my dad telling me that I’d get bored very quickly, as the music only comprised a few chords that kept getting repeated. My dad was a cathedral organist!” – (Jazzwise March 2015).

Today Thursday March 5

Afternoon.
VIEUX CARRE JAZZMEN - The Millstone, Haddricks Mill Rd., South Gosforth, NE3 1QL. 1:00pm. 0191 2853429. FREE.
New Orleans in nice pub with 4 real ales, good food and a banjo!
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Evening
MAINE STREET JAZZMEN - Potters Wheel, Sunniside, NE16 5EE.8.30pm. Free.
Good Time jazz with vocals by Olive.
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THE TEES HOT CLUB - Dorman's, Oxford Rd., Linthorpe, Middlesborough, TS5 5DT. 01642 823813. 9pm. Free admission.
Gypsy jazz with guests Ray Dales (alt); Jeff Aucott (keys); Kevin Eland (tpt); Ernie Jackson (dms).
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AZYMUTH - 54 Pilgrim St., Newcastle NE1 6SF. £12. 9pm.
Long established jazz/funk band making welcome return to top venue.
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FOLK MEETS JAZZ - Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle, NE4 7AD. Free. 8pm
The twain meet! Folkies and jazzers - a chance to discover new directions and alternate genres!
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MAURIZIO MINARDI TRIO - Queen's Hall, Hexham. 8.30pm. £10.
Tour promoting MM's CD Piano Ambulance which I reviewed enthusiastically back in December last year. Good to have him include Hexham in his stop off points.
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GO GO PENGUIN - Independent, Holmeside, Sunderland, SR1 3JE. 8pm. £8.. 0191 5142229.
New venue in Sunderland for popular band.
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BUDTONES - Empty Shop, 35c Framwellgate Bridge, Durham City. 8pm. £4.
Hard swinging post bop band with vocals.
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RENDEZVOUS JAZZ - St. Joseph's CMS Club, Birtley. 8.15pm. £3/£2.50.
Maureen Hall and her jazzers. Monthly - Tonight's the night!.
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STRICTLY SMOKIN' BIG BAND - The Millstone, Haddricks Mill Rd., South Gosforth, NE3 1QL. 7pm. Free.
Monthly - Back March 26
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POCKET JAZZ ORCHESTRA w. EMMA WILSON - Ship, Church Lane, Redmarshall, Stockton TS21 1EP. 8pm.
Jeremy McMurray, Peter Ayton, Paul Smith and guests.
Monthly - Back March 26.
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INDIGO JAZZ VOICES - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7.30pm. Free.
Monthly, back March 12.
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PILGRIM STREET SET - Hoochie Coochie, 54 Pilgrim St., Newcastle NE1 6SF. 8pm. Free.
Hard blowing modern. Monthly - Back on March 12.
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POCKET JAZZ ORCHESTRA + EMMA WILSON - Catholic Club, Billingham. 7.30pm. £1.
An evening of Jazz and Blues. Monthly back on March 19

Sunday, March 28, 2010

The Raymond Scott Experience - the Stu Brown Sextet.

This was an oddity - a mainly pleasant oddity. The Raymond Scott Sextet was a quirky little band popular in the 1930s. Their music bore a superficial resemblance to the John Kirby Sextet but without the innate jazz credentials of the latter. Nevertheless, they were tuneful and much of their music was infectious - not least because of the titles: War Dance of the Wooden Indians, Dinner Music for a Pack of Hungry Cannibals, New Years Eve in a Haunted House etc.
From my seat in the stalls of Hall Two I watched clips of a forthcoming documentary on Scott by his son, Stan Warnow, who introduced the concert. The clips faded and the stage lights came up to reveal the Stu Brown Sextet who then went into some of Scott's original scores playing it absolutely authentically.
There were more clips this time of  Looney Tunes cartoons of which Raymond Scott provided the background music plus a slide compilation of drawings by schoolchildren who had drawn them as a reaction to the music played.
The Stu Brown Sextet played their contemporary versions of Scott classics and, as Scott was a pioneering force in developing musical electronics so the sextet did likewise.
One doomy theme played on a 'Wind Synthesiser' was commissioned by the Scottish Arts Council - why wasn't I surprised?
Still it was an enjoyable couple of hours of escapism that drew attention to the memory of a largely forgotten figure.
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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