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Bebop Spoken There

Newcastle Evening Chronicle (1930): "...questioning, incidentally, the right of either [saxophone or bagpipes] to be looked upon as a musical instrument instead of as one of torture." - (Melody Maker June 1930). From Colin Aitchison's amazing collection).

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Joel Harrison: “It’s incredibly hard to play bebop on guitar, harder than on saxophone.” – (Jazz Times August 2015)

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Today Tuesday August 4

Afternoon
Levee Ramblers New Orleans Jazz Band - Tynemouth Metro Station. 1pm. Free.
Evening.
Jam Session - Jazz Café, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5SG. 8pm. Free.
Charles Gordon/Ken Hewitt Duo - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Newcastle. 7.30-10pm. Free.
Gavin Lee’s Dixieland Band - New Inn, 29 Church St., Durham. DH1 3DN. 9pm. Free.
Ian Bosworth - Dorman's Club, Oxford Rd., Middlesbrough. 9pm. Free.
Henry’s Swing Club - Brandling Villa, South Gosforth. 8:30pm. Free.

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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