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Bebop Spoken There

Cannonball Adderley : "Ornette Coleman is an innovator of the first water. But he is certainly no messiah". - (DownBeat May 26, 1960).
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Randy Brecker: “He [Horace Silver] saved every receipt, and he didn’t pay much; by the end of the week we usually ended up owing him money.” – (Jazz Times March 2015).

Today Friday March 27.

Afternoon.
RENDEZVOUS JAZZ - Black Horse, Monkseaton. 1pm. Free.
Classic jazz.
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JAMES BIRKETT & BRADLEY JOHNSTON - Lit & Phil, 23 Westgate Rd., Newcastle NE1 1SE. 1pm. £4.
Dynamic guitar duo.
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Evening.
ALAN GLEN TRIO - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 9pm. £5 (£3 before 8.30pm.)
A rare outing by the maestro!
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LADY SINGS THE BLUES w. VAL WISEMAN - Gala Theatre, Millennium Place, Durham City DH1 1WA. 7.30pm. £13/£12.
Tribute to Billie Holiday by Ms Wiseman w. Digby Fairweather, Julian Marc Stringle, Roy Williams, Brian Dee, Len Skeat and Eric Ford almost certainly part of the star-studded line-up
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CUSTOMS HOUSE BIG BAND w. RUTH LAMBERT - Customs House, Mill Dam, South Shields. 7.45pm. £11/£10.
Annual event by swinging big band playing 'at home'
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BIG BOSS MAN/KING BEE - The Cluny, Lime St., Ouseburn, Newcastle. 8pm. £10/£8.
Funky night ahead.
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RUBY TURNER - Alnwick Playhouse, Alnwick, Northumberland. 8pm. £21/£20/£19.
Soulful songstress.
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BOOT UP YOUR LINDY HOP & CHARLESTON - St. Mary's Heritage Centre, Oakwellgate, Gateshead NE8 2AU. 7pm. £5.
Beginner's dance workshop.
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GEORGE SHOVLIN & THE RADARS - Dun Cow, 9 High St. West. Sunderland, SR1 3HA. 8pm. £4.
Blues by the best. Fortnightly - Back on April 3.
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- Opus 4, Traveller's Rest, West Auckland Rd., Cockerton, Darlington. 8pm. £6.
Monthly - Back April 17.

Sunday, May 08, 2011

Splinter Super Subs @ The Bridge.

Zoe Gilby (vcl); Andy Champion (bs); Graeme Wilson (ten); Mark Williams (gtr); Adrian Tilbrook (dms).
Moon Unit had pulled out - perhaps they'd gone to find out what spring is like on Jupiter or Mars - and a collection of the usual suspects assembled under the name of The Splinter Subs gave a scintillating performance.
Although comprising four-fifths of ACV (Paul Edis was missing) this was swinging straight down the middle stuff comprising originals and lesser known jazz pieces. An example of the latter was Andy Champion's take on a Paul Chambers number. Two masters of the bowed bass.
Graeme Wilson played a sumptuous ballad that was his own composition and Mark Williams was pure and simply Mark Williams. Need one say more? To hear Rod Sinclair and Mark on the same day is being totally spoilt! Likewise Paul Smith and Adrian who drove things along with precisionlike technique and no lack of feeling either.
Then there was Zoe who, after Autumn Serenade, sang what may be the best version this century of Cole Porter's I Love You.
It was a good set but I'd had a long day and I reluctantly dragged myself away to catch the number 27.
Lance.

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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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