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Bebop Spoken There

Jascha Heifetz: "Jazz is an exciting form of musical expression." - (Melody Maker May 23, 1953. From Colin Aitchison's amazing collection).
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Regina Carter: “I used to have a stack of classical albums that my teacher would send home with me. I’d listen to them all day, and even go to sleep listening to them if I was learning a particular piece.” – (Jazzwise July 2015).

Today Wednesday July 8

Afternoon
VIEUX CARRE JAZZMEN - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
New Orleans Jazz. Raffles, and a jolly afternoon.
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JAZZ ESQUIRES - Magnesia Bank, Camden St., North Shields NE30 1NH. 1pm. Free.
Swinging mainstream band.
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Evening.
TAKE IT TO THE BRIDGE JAZZ WORKSHOP - The Chillingham, Chillingham Rd., Heaton. 8:30pm. £1.
Dave and co welcome all-comers .
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TAKE THE REAL ALE TRAIN - Newcastle Central Station to Carlisle and back. 7.25pm. 01912510824.
Jazz and Ale - Band is the Vieux Carré 4 with, probably, Bennett, Fleck, Richardson and Wright and possibly Colin Aitchison and Franco Valussi.
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DAVE RAE's LEVEE RAMBLERS - Springwell Village Hall, Fell Rd., Gateshead NE9 7RP. 0191 4162630. 9pm. £2.
New Orleans style.
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TBA - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 2AE. 0191 2399924. 7.00pm.
Good food and Good jazz. Back July 22.
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JAZZ AT THE BAY- Cleveland Bay pub, 718 Yarm Rd., Eaglescliffe, TS16 0JE 01642 780275. 9pm.
The Teesside Hot Club swinging at the Bay .
Fortnightly - Back July 15.
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- Ashington Jazz Club - The Elephant, Newbiggin Rd., Ashington. NE63 0SZ. 8pm. £5.
Monthly - Back August 5.

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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