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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 Tuesday July 7

Afternoon.
STRONGER JAZZ VOICES (Tutor Zoe Gilby) - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 5pm. £15.
Fortnightly course - last one tonight (I think!)
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RENDEZVOUS JAZZ - Red Lion, 1 Front St., Earsdon NE25 9JU. 1pm. 0191 2532318.
New trad venue - monthly - Back July 14.
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Evening.
CHARLES GORDON/KEN HEWITT DUO - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Newcastle. 7.30-10pm. Free.
Regular Tuesday night with Charles on keys, Ken on ten/sop. Note earlier start.
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GAVIN LEE's DIXIELAND JAZZ BAND - New Inn, 29 Church St., Durham. DH1 3DN. 9pm. Free.
Gavin's bands are always interesting and this is well worth the trip.
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PLAY MORE JAZZ - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7.30pm. £15.
Weekly workshop - end of course?
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JAM SESSION - Jazz Café, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5SG. 8pm. Free.
Come and jam with resident trio. First and third Tuesdays - Tonight's the night!
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CUSTOMS HOUSE BIG BAND - New Crown Hotel, Mowbray Rd., South Shields. 7.30pm. Free.
Open rehearsal/concert by top big band. The beer's good and the band even better! Monthly - Tonight's the night!
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HENRY'S SWING CLUB - Brandling Villa, South Gosforth. 8.30pm. Free.
Monthly Blues - Tonight's the night!
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IAN BOSWORTH - Dorman's Club, Oxford Rd., Middlesbrough. 9pm. Free.
New first Tuesday in the month gig with guitarist Ian and band. For this month only - back July 14 (Band on holiday)
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JAZZ MACHINE - Queen's Head, Victoria Cresc., Cullercoats. 7.30pm (?).
Pepe and crew venture forth... Monthly back July 28.
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MAINE ST. JAZZMEN - British Legion, West Jesmond (nr. Metro Station). 8:30pm. £5.
Now a monthly session (again!) - Back July 28.
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IMPROV WORKSHOP- Jazz Café, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5SG. 8pm. Free.
Monthly. Back July 14.

Friday, April 29, 2011

The Bridge Is Down!

Another great night, yet sadly the last for the Bridge Hotel as they no longer want the weekly Thursday jam session held there. In the meantime, an alternative venue is being arranged.
The house band: Omid Ramak, Mark Williams and John Pope did wonders on Solar and Giant Steps; with a nice mid-tempo latin feel. As the jam got under way, tunes such as Well You Needn't, Beatrice, Softly As In A Morning Sunrise, Straight No Chaser, There Is No Greater Love and Beautiful Love poured out nicely. One of the many highlights of the night (I'm told!) was during Straight No Chaser where Fiona Littlewood and myself were trading with scat singing. The cider did justice to my throat after holding that last note for a whole 12 bars!
There were two free improv sessions; one with featured bassist Ivan Scutt doing some rapping. I've encouraged him to listen to Soweto Kinch. This may sound like a cliche, but that's why it's true when people say you never know what to expect in a jam session.
The night finished with The Way You Look Tonight and featured Omid Ramak (Drums), Mark Williams (Guitar), Claude Werner (Tenor Saxophone) and Laurence Blackadder (Bass). So as far as I'm aware, no jam session next week until further notice by Omid. But if a new venue has been found he will let people know; best to check out his facebook group "Jazz and Jam Session".
Harley.

2 comments :

  1. Sad news indeed Harley. Was a reason given?
    However, I'm sure Omid will find an alternative venue and the Sunday evening Splinter sessions will of course continue.

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  2. Well, since the Bridge Hotel already host a jazz event every (or most) Sundays, for them that is enough!
    Another issue at the moment is finding a venue which is free to hire. Overwise if a venue wants to be paid then the entry charge will have to go up. One lady suggested that this would not work because musicians are poor!

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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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