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Bebop Spoken There

Miles Davis: "He [Max Roach] said he'd rather hear a guy miss a couple of notes than hear the same old cliches all the time." - (Downbeat November 2, 1955).
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Abdullah Ibrahim: “When I started composing in Cape Town, people would say, ‘That sounds like Monk.’ That’s how I first heard about Monk. So I said, ‘Let me listen to this person.’ – (Down Beat May 2015).

Today Saturday May 30

Afternoon.
!CANCELLED! NOEMI NUTI - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 4pm. £12. (£20 for workshop and concert).
Workshop with emphasis on Brazilian music. Instrumentalists and vocalists. !CANCELLED!
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DUKE VALENTINE'S ALL-STARS - Darlington New Orleans Jazz Club - St. Augustine's, Larchfield St.., Darlington DL3 7TG. 12.30pm. £10.
Monthly - Back on June 6.
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PLAY JAZZ WORKSHOP - Sage Gateshead. 2pm. £25/£22.
Players of all instruments and levels learn from the masters.First Saturday in the month - Back on June 6.
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Evening
NOEMI NUTI BAND - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7.30pm. £12.
Vocalist from NYC speciality Brazilian music. NOT TO BE MISSED!
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GEORGIE FAME AND THE BLUE FLAMES - City Hall, Northumberland Rd., Newcastle. 7.30pm. £25/£20.
One of the UK's greatest ever jazz rockers w band including Alan Skidmore, Guy Barker and Alec Dankworth. Yeh! Yeh!
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GILES STRONG/MICK SHOULDER - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 9pm. Free.
Guitar duo that may spring a few surprises.
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JAMES HARRISON (Solo piano) - Cherry Tree, 9 Osborne Rd, Jesmond NE2 2AE. 0191 2399924. 7.30pm.
Quality food and solo jazz.
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LEGENDS of SWING - Seaton Sluice Social Club. 8pm. £3.
Have the Maine St. Jazzmen changed their name?
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RUTH LAMBERT/MARK WILLIAMS - Vermont Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle NE1 1RQ. 7pm - 10pm. 0191 2331010.
Top class vcl/gtr duo in the Redwood Bar. Note earlier start
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JOOLS HOLLAND's R'n'B ORCHESTRA - Middlesbrough Town Hall, Albert Rd., Middlesbrough TS1 2QJ. 7.30pm. £33.50.
The fans will turn out for the rockingest band around - no doubt a jazzman or two in their midst!
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RENDEZVOUS JAZZ - Sandpiper, Cullercoats. 8.30pm £3.
Monthly session featuring Maureen Hall and Rendezvous Jazz. Back June 6.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Saturday at the Sage Gateshead Jazz festival Gwilym Simcock and Massed Voices

‘I Prefer The Gorgeous Freedom’ 
The main item of this concert was the large, black–clad, community choir singing this piece,’I prefer the Gorgeous Freedom’ which was a blend of classical and jazz themes on the concept of freedom.  The piece was beautifully sung and accompanied by Gwilym Simcock’s Quartet - Gwilym (piano), Klaus Gesing (sop/bs clt), Yuri Gouloubev (double bass) and James Maddren (drums).  But I suspect that ardent jazz fans would probably have enjoyed the first item of the concert best, which was an extended original piece of exciting playing. This began with the lyrical piano and gently brushed drums and after an effective build-up and climax, returned to the same quiet satisfying ending. 
The rest of the concert, all on the theme of freedom, included a piece written by an internee at Guantanamo Bay, two poems set to music and a spiritual.  The Guantanamo piece was very dark, with brooding sax and sinister drumming which reminded me of the drip of water you’d expect to hear in a torture camp, or the tramp of boots.  I enjoyed the two poem pieces, which were settings of Yeats ‘Isle of Innisfree’ (back to my schooldays) and of ‘No Rack can torture me’ by eccentric 19th Century American poet Emily Dickinson.  The Yeats was very effectively sung by a female solo voice in a folky style.  The spiritual would be recognised by all television watchers as the theme tune of the film review programme, Billy Taylor's ‘Freedon Song’ (‘I wish I knew how it would feel to be free’). 
All told, this was an enjoyable afternoon’s concert, but hardened jazz fans may have had reservations.  For myself as a jazz beginner and a sometime singer, it was a great afternoon.
Ann Alexander.

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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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