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Bebop Spoken There

“My one complaint is the guys who go to bed as frustrated trumpet players and wake up the next morning as modern jazz drummers.”Elvin Jones (Down Beat March 24, 1966).

Bebop Spoken There Archives: Greg Abate to Mike Zwerin.

Today Sunday April 20

Afternoon
JAM SESSION - Salsa Café, Westgate Rd., Newcastle. 3pm-6pm. Free.
Come and have a blow!
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MARK WILLIAMS (Solo guitar) - Cherry Tree, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 2AE. 0191 2399924. 1pm.
Quality food and solo jazz.
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Evening.
PETER GILLIGAN QUINTET - Bridge Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle, NE1 1RQ. £6. 8.15pm.
A tribute to Horace Silver - recommended.
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ALTER EGO - Black Bull, Bridge St., Blaydon NE21 4JJ. 8pm. £5.
Great modern sounds.
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PAUL SKERRITT BAND - McOrville Pub, 34 The Green, Hartlepool TS27 3EF. 6.30pm. Free.
Top vocalist, top backing.
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MAINE STREET JAZZMEN - Seaton Sluice Social Club. 8pm. £3
Monthly residency - Back May 18
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Off this week - The Forum, Borough Rd., Darlington DL1 1SG. 6pm. £4/£2.
Back next weekend for Darlo Jazz Festival.
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VIEUX CARRE JAZZMEN - Redhouse Farm Pub and Restaurant, Hepscott Drive, Whitley Bay NE25 9XJ. 8pm. Free.
First of the month residency for VCJ.
Back on May 4.
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MUSICIANS UNLIMITED BIG BAND - Park Inn, Park Rd., Hartlepool TS26 9HU. Free. 1pm-3pm.
Always a good way to spend Sunday afternoon listening to a band in The Park - Easter break back on May 4.
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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.
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.)
PS:I don't care what your political views are - you can love or hate Maggie, Tony, Genghis Khan or Julius Caesar - just don't air them here!
Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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