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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.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Maine St. Jazzmen @ Rosie's.

Ray Harley (tpt); Iain MacAulay (tmb); Jim McBriarty (clt/vcl); George Richardson (pno); Alan Rudd (bs); Mike Humble (dms); Olive Rudd (vcl).
Herbie is still in Istanbul or Constantinople or whichever part of Turkey he finds delightful.
Here, in showery South Shields, Iain MacAulay continued depping and blew some nice trombone this week. Rumour has it that Iain is practising harmonica (that should get Herbie back to work!)
The rest of the guys (and gal) kept the ship afloat in Der Fuhrer's absence with Jim sharing the vocals and his deadpan crooning came across effectively on If I Could Be With You One Hour Tonight. Olive had her moments on Melancholy Baby and The Frim Fram Sauce among others. Alan Rudd did a few extra solos this week and did them well. Laid back and relaxed he displayed taste and invention without any party tricks!
Mike Humble played a drum break so fantastic it brought the whole band to a halt (well that's my interpretation of what happened!)
As for George and Ray - are there two better exponents of their instrument?
A jolly afternoon in good company.

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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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