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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?
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Today Friday May 6

Afternoon
Rendezvous Jazz - Monkseaton Arms, Whitley Bay NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free. 0191 2513928.
Miles Ahead (film) - Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle
Evening
Dave Rae's Levee Ramblers - Community Hall, Albion Tce., Saltburn TS12 1NN. 7:30pm. £10.
Anth Purdy - The Prohibition Bar, Arch 3, Brandling St., Gateshead. 8pm. Free..
Zoe Gilby/Mark Williams - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle NE1 1RQ. 6pm Free. 0191 2331010.
Stone Foundation - Hoochie Coochie, 54 Pilgrim St., Newcastle NE1 6SF. 9pm. £8.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Shakespeare’s Sonnets and All That Jazz

Bebop Spoken Here has received some samples of musical versions of Shakespeare’s Sonnets, played on reproductions of the original instruments. The music isn’t jazz but is closer to tasteful popular music. Readers may like to hear it anyway, and there’s also a photo of the instruments. Some of these are unbelievably large. I’d love to see some of our musicians trying to lug around a theorbo, a giant lute with a very long neck!
I was interested in this as I love The Sonnets, and could bore for Great Britain on the subject, so please don’t let me start. 
 The poems are about love, death, the tyranny of time and change, and also mention is made of social protest and scientific developments during Elizabethan times, which were extensive. If you decide to read some of them (I’d love you to!) don’t be concerned about those love poems which are from one man to another, that was merely a poetical fashion of the time, and doesn’t mean the same as it would for us today.
My main point is that maybe another jazz version of the poems is overdue (I can't recall any since Cleo Laine's Shakespeare and All That Jazz which wasn't solely dedicated to The Sonnets). I suggest a small combo of piano, bass, drums, with saxophone and a male and female singer. I wonder if anyone is up for this.
The CD referred to above is released by Abbey Universal on Shakespeare’s birthday, April 23rd, Shakespeare: The Sonnets.
Ann Alex.

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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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