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Bebop Spoken There

Dizzy Gillespie: “If it's easy it's not worth it.– (Down Beat May 11, 1972).

Richard Davis: “Every musician's wife knows that his instrument comes first. And having to live with that can be a chore (Down Beat May 11, 1972).

Burton Agnes Jazz & Blues Festival Competition

Win a Family Weekend Pass to the UK's most idyllic Jazz festival.
1) In which county is Burton Agnes Hall situated?
2) Which artist appearing at the Festival was described by Christine Tobin as having ‘a wild musical spirit’?
3) Who will close this year’s Burton Agnes Jazz and Blues Festival?
Email your answers to lanceliddle@gmail.com
Competition closes on May 27 so send your entry now.

Today Wednesday May 4.

Afternoon.
Vieux Carre Jazzmen - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
Miles Ahead (film) - Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle. Times.
Evening.
Take it to the Bridge (jazz workshop/jam) - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8pm. £1.
TBA - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Dave Rae’s Levee Ramblers - Springwell Village Hall, Fell Rd., Gateshead NE9 7RP. 0191 4162630. 9pm. £2.
VEIN w. Greg Osby - Lit & Phil, 23 Westgate Rd., Newcastle NE1 1SE. 8pm. £10/£8. JNE.
Tees Hot Club - Cleveland Bay, Eaglescliffe, 9pm. Free.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra celebrates a Jazz Titan - with special guest, Randy Brecker on trumpet


The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra follows its highly successful and critically acclaimed celebration of jazz-rock pioneers Weather Report’s music with a four date Scottish tour in May paying tribute to the late, hugely influential saxophonist Michael Brecker, featuring Brecker’s trumpet-playing brother, Randy, as guest soloist. As well as featuring on innumerable pop and rock recordings by artists including Frank Sinatra, Paul Simon, Steely Dan and Dire Straits, Michael Brecker, who died aged fifty-seven in 2007, was revered in jazz circles for his  deeply resourceful improvising and a distinctive tenor saxophone tone that made him the most imitated saxophonist of the past twenty-five years.
Throughout a jazz career during which he played with jazz legends Horace Silver, Herbie Hancock, Charles Mingus and Chick Corea in addition to fronting the Brecker Brothers with Randy, Steps Ahead and his own groups, Brecker was also a composer of conspicuous talent and the SNJO programme will draw widely from his repertoire, spanning early funk hits from the Brecker Brothers’ 1970s heyday through to orchestral pieces from his 2003 album Wide Angles.
The older brother by four years, Randy Brecker has a similarly illustrious CV, having played with Blood Sweat & Tears, Horace Silver and the Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Orchestra before co-forming the popular Brecker Brothers with Michael and going on to record acclaimed albums under his own name and contributing to recordings by Lou Reed, Frank Zappa and Bruce Springsteen, among many others.
SNJO director, Tommy Smith, said: “Michael Brecker was an incredibly talented musician and he remains an inspiration to thousands of jazz players all over the world, and we’re proud to have his brother, Randy, who is one of the world’s greatest trumpeters, joining SNJO to pay tribute to one of the real titans of jazz’s modern age.”
Tour details: MAY 2012
THURS 24 LANARK: GREYFRIARS KIRK 07827 966735
FRI 25 EDINBURGH: QUEEN’S HALL 0131 668 2019 www.thequeenshall.net
SAT 26 GLASGOW: ROYAL CONSERVATOIRE 0141 332 5057 www.rcs.ac.uk
SUN 27 KIRKCALDY: ADAM SMITH CENTRE 01592 583302 www.onfife.com
All concerts start at 7.30pm and have a pre-concert talk at 6.45.
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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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