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Bebop Spoken There

Billie Holiday: “I hate straight singing. I have to change a tune to my own way of doing it. That's all I know.– (Down Beat November 1, 1939).

Bunny Berigan: “We know that there are plenty of swing fans in the country wanting it--and we propose to give it [swing] to them.– (Down Beat May, 1938).

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 Friday February 12

Afternoon
Andrea Pattison/Dean Stockdale - Redwood Whiskey Bar, Vermont Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle NE1 1RQ. Free. 4:30pm.
Graeme Wilson Quartet - Gala theatre, Millennium Place, Durham DH1 1WA. 1pm. £4.
Rendezvous Jazz - Monkseaton Arms, Whitley Bay NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free. 0191 2513928.
Evening
Not Now Charlie/Saxophonics - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. £5/£3 (conc), 9pm.
Northern Monkey Brass Band - Hoochie Coochie, 54 Pilgrim St., Newcastle NE1 6SF. £5. 9pm.
Swing Manouche w. Daniel John Martin - Queen's Hall, Hexham NE46 3LS. £10. 8pm. 01434 652477.
Indigo Jazz Voices - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. Free.
Anth Purdy ‘Swing Jazz Guitar’ - Prohibition Cabaret Bar, Arch 3, Brandling Street, Gateshead. NE8 2BA. 8:00pm. Free.

Friday, May 04, 2012

NHAM @ Morden Tower. May 3

Tony Bevan (bass & soprano saxophones), Jeb Bishop (trombone), John Edwards (double bass) & Michael Zerang (drums)
Left field back alley turreted venue Morden Tower has played host to many a big name transatlantic musician or poet. Americans Jeb Bishop (trombone) and drummer Michael Zerang from the Chicago free scene added their names to the illustrious guest book. They were in the company of two key figures from the UK; double bassist John Edwards (a frequent visitor to Tyneside) and Tony Bevan (reeds). 
The West Walls space is unlicensed so it has always been a case of bring your own (on this occasion Belhaven 80 Shilling). 
A select gathering heard two untitled pieces from the quartet. Freely improvised? Not quite. Perhaps a conversation over a pint as to how the piece will be structured and develop and with years of playing this stuff it somehow works out. Bishop’s trombone (for the most part muted) led the quartet in a given direction, Bevan’s bass saxophone followed then diverted (he played some killer soprano), bassist Edwards produced his usual energetic performance and Michael Zerang gave a masterclass in free jazz percussion.
Russell.

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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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