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Bebop Spoken There

Kirk Knuffke: “When I moved to New York, it was pretty obvious that I wasn’t getting any work because I was a trumpet player. I was only getting work because I was me.” – (Jazz Times October 2015).

Philip Larkin: "It's marvelous background music if you can find the foreground" - (Daily Telegraph April 17, 1969).

Today Friday November 27

Rendezvous Jazz - Monkseaton Arms, Front St, Monkseaton. 1pm. Free.
Ruth Lambert/Paul Edis - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle.4:30pm. Free.
Manjula - Jazz Café. 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle, NW1 5DW. 9:00pm. £6/£5 (in advance) 0191 2229882.
Keith Morris CD/DVD Launch - Jazz Café. 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle, NW1 5DW. Free. 6pm.
Caro Emerald! - City Hall, Northumberland Rd., Newcastle. 7pm. £47/£34.50/£24.50.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Robert Mitchell & Corey Mwamba @ Lit & Phil. February 13

The Lit and Phil’s latest concert featured the brilliant Robert Mitchell (piano) and Corey Mwamba (vibes). 
(Review by Russell)
Leicester’s Corey Mwamba has become a familiar face thanks to Jazz North East booking him to work in a variety of contexts including Alexander Hawkins, Ntshuks Bonga and Andy Champion. On this occasion he played a solo set featuring a selection of modern jazz standards and one or two original compositions. Extended techniques (bow, body and breath) and audible exhalation held the audience spellbound. Herbie Hancock’s One Finger Snap, Monk’s Evidence, Mack the Knife and Mwamba’s Then She Looked were stand-out tunes delivered with intensity by the amiable vibes man. 
Robert Mitchell has appeared on Tyneside with his own ensemble Panacea, in trio format and memorably with Chicagoan alto saxophonist Matana Roberts. This Lit and Phil date offered a new challenge - compose for and perform left hand only! There is a CD documenting the project - The Glimpse - and this Newcastle date was mid-tour thus the virtuoso was in the groove from the start. Prior to his performance Mitchell warmed-up for well over an hour and declared the library’s Kawai piano a superior instrument. A feather in the Lit and Phil’s cap! In the event the set comprised left hand only pieces (The Glimpse and The Sage were two highlights of many) and tunes for the more conventional two handed form. 
By way of an encore Corey Mwamba joined Mitchell to play a couple of tunes, notably Cumulus. Jazz North East’s next promotion sees the return of tenor saxophonist Simon Spillett working once more with the Paul Edis Sextet at the Corner House Hotel. Anyone who heard Spillett last time will know they are in for a treat. Those who have yet to hear him will scarcely believe their ears. Clear your diary…Thursday February 28 is the date. Don’t miss this one.


  1. Hello! Many thanks for the kind words - but I'm from Derby. All the best, C.

  2. Hey Corey, I know you're from Derby. Sorry!


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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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