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Bebop Spoken There

Artie Shaw: “I'm not interested in giving people what they want--I'm interested in making music.” – (DownBeat October 15, 1939).

Jason Marsalis: “There's so many places that this music can go and there's a lot yet to be discovered.'” – (DownBeat April 2018)

Today Saturday March 17


Rat Pack - Live from Las Vegas @ Sunderland Empire, High St West, Sunderland SR1 3EX. 2:30pm. Featuring Rat Pack Big Band & Burrelli Sisters.


KOAN 7 - the Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:00pm. £5.00. (£4.00. concs). ‘Form and Space’ ‘An evening of free improvisation and original composition’. Line-up includes John Pope (solo improvised set).

Rat Pack - Live from Las Vegas @ Sunderland Empire, High St West, Sunderland SR1 3EX. 7:30pm. Featuring Rat Pack Big Band & Burrelli Sisters.

Boys of Brass - Brandling Villa, Haddricks Mill Road, South Gosforth, Newcastle NE3 1QL. 9:00pm. Free.

Ben Cipolla - Great Broughton Village Hall, Ingleby Road, Great Broughton, Cleveland TS9 7ER. 7:30pm. Tickets: £12.50 from 01642 712176.

Gilded Thieves - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

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st of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Django Bates' Beloved Bird @ The Sage, Gateshead.

Django Bates (pno); Petter Eldh (bs); Peter Bruun (dms).
This was never going to be a straight down the middle re-working of '40s bebop. Far from it. Bates took the compositions, the feeling, the spirit and converted them very much into the jazz of today.
There were hints of Bud Powell - which jazz pianist hasn't absorbed Bud's legacy into his playing? Touches of Cecil Taylor and maybe a hint of Keith Jarrett. A soupcon of Chopin and Franz Liszt added further flavorings. That's all they were - mere textural suggestions. The end product was very much Django Bates
The Scandinavian rhythm section - floating fjords (thank you Doug Fielder for that description) each taking their own route to the ultimate destination.
It was a tribute to Charlie Parker and Hot House, Scrapple, Little Suede Shoes etc. left us in no doubt as to which deity's feet the laurel wreathes were to be laid.
Yet for me, I enjoyed Bates' Wedges and Iain Bellamy's My World - dedicated to Paul Gamblin - as much as any of the more familiar titles. That latter tune and the dedication was a gesture much appreciated by those in Hall Two who knew the late guitarist.

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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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