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Bebop Spoken There

Louis Hayes: "What we [Louis Hayes-Woody Shaw Quintet] play is not old-fashioned. Brahms and Beethoven are not old-fashioned, and we're a lot younger than them!." - (Crescendo, October 1976).

Chris Potter: “I was a better alto player, but I thought I might have something more original to say on tenor.” – (Down Beat December 2014).

Bebop Spoken There Archives.

Today Sunday December 21

Afternoon
MUSICIANS UNLIMITED BIG BAND - Park Inn, Park Rd., Hartlepool TS26 9HU. Free. 1pm. May be off for holiday period - ring to check 01429 233126.
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VIEUX CARRE JAZZMEN - Saltburn Conservative Club, Saltburn by the Sea. 2-5pm. £3.
New Sunday afternoon venture down in sunny Saltburn.
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RALPH KEELEY (solo piano) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 2AE. 0191 2399924. 1pm.
Quality food and great solo jazz.
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JUMPIN' HOT CLUB - Tyne Bar, Maling St., Ouseburn, Newcastle. 2pm. Free.
Various blues bands.
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TBA - The Forum, Darlington. 5.30pm.
Back January.
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AM JAM - The Globe, Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 3pm.
The AM (amateur) may attract the less talented and deter the more discerning listener. Hopefully not and should instead be regarded as a chance to spot and encourage the stars of the future. Monthly, Back January 11
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Evening.
ROLY VEITCH/JEREMY McMURRAY QUARTET w. STEVE ANDREWS - Black Bull, Bridge St., Blaydon NE21 4JJ. 8pm £5.
Monthly - Tonight it's Xmas Party Night. A small item of food to add to the buffet would be much appreciated.
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PJANTOMATES & THE MAJOR 6 - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8pm. £5.
Pros from the Theatre Royal Panto drop by for a jazz blow!
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Bridge Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle NE1 1RQ. £6. 8pm.
Back on January 18 with the STRETCH TRIO.
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MAINE STREET JAZZMEN - Seaton Sluice Social Club. 8pm. £3.
Monthly - Back in January.
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VIEUX CARRE JAZZMEN - Red House Pub and Farm, Hepscott Dr., Whitley Bay NE25 9XJ.
Monthly - Back in January
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SMOKIN' SPITFIRES - The Cluny, Lime St., Ouseburn, Newcastle. 12.30pm.£6.50.
Bubble Foundation fundraiser. Monthly, first Sunday. Back in January.
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MORE JAM - The Globe, Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 3pm. Free.
Fourth Sunday in the month jam aimed at both seasoned jammers and those knocking on the door. Check website for next jam

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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