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Bebop Spoken There

Benny Goodman: “...maybe Fletcher [Henderson] isn't the best pianist going, but he knows what we want.– (Down Beat December 15, 1939).

Sonny Rollins: “I don't feel I'm as great as they think I am.– (Down Beat November 28, 1956).

APPJAG Jazz Awards

The All Party Parliamentary Jazz Awards are with us once more and the polls are open. You don't have to nominate in every category but once you've submitted your nomination that's it.

It's simple, just go to the Jazz UK website and enter your choices. For example, should you wish to nominate Bebop Spoken Here for the Jazz Media Award simply type in Bebop Spoken Here in the appropriate space.

You've got till noon on Feb. 18 to do it so - Let's Do It, Let's Nominate BSH!

Today Sunday February 7

Afternoon
Musicians Unlimited - Park Inn, Park Rd., Hartlepool. 1pm.
Phil Richardson (solo piano) - Redwood Whiskey Bar, Vermont Hotel, Newcastle NE1 1RQ. 2:00pm.
Ralph Keeley - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 1:00pm. No cover charge.
Improvisers Workshop - The Bridge Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle NE1 1RQ. 3pm. Free.
Teresa Watson Band - Tyne Bar. 3:00pm (first set 3:30pm) Free. Line-up includes Johnny Whitehill.
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Evening.
George Burt (gtr); Andy Champion (bs); Corey Mwamba (vbs) - The Bridge Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle NE1 1RQ. £8/£6 (conc). 8pm. 0191 2603246. JNE.
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Red House Farm Pub and Restaurant - Hepscott Drive, Whitley Bay NE25 9XJ. 8-10pm. Free.

Tuesday, June 07, 2011

Tonight's Jazz North East gig at the Central Bar.

Q: Julien Desprez (guitar); Fanny Lasfargues (bass guitar); Sylvain Darrifourcq (drums) Tuesday 7th June - 8.30pm - Central Bar, Half Moon Lane, Gateshead NE8 2AN. £7.00, £5.00 concessions. Note: This gig is in an upstairs room inaccessible for wheelchair users.
Paul Bream caught Q live at the French festival 'Jazz Sous Les Pommiers', and says: "They really blew me away - almost literally, in fact, because this is a band that takes no prisoners. After listening to their performance, I felt I had to give them another plug. The comparisons with John Zorn's legendary thrash-jazz trio Naked City are not mistaken, but whereas Zorn dealt in short sharp fragments, 'Q' develop the maelstrøm of their sound over longer shape-shifting improvisations. The linchpin of the trio is Fanny Lasfargues, who coaxes an extraordinary array of sounds from her bass guitar, while Julien Desprez subjects melodic phrases to treatments that make Jimi Hendrix sound like Bert Weedon. Meanwhile leader Sylvain Darrifourcq maintains a drive from the drums which is at one level a sheer barrage of noise, yet which contains within it a mass of intricate and responsive detail. What they serve up between them is a tornado of creative energy. I don't want to mislead anybody - this is not a band for the fainthearted, with a full-on intensity that rarely eases off. But their performance last week left a room full of 'seen-it-all, heard-it-all' European promoters shaking their heads in wonderment. It would be great to see a similarly large and enthusiastic crowd at tomorrow night's gig."
Paul Bream.
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After reading the above, folk are either going to be clammering to get in or clammering to get out!
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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