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Bebop Spoken There

Les Paul: "Okay so you make great sounds. The people you're playing for, they work all day, they don't go to music schools and study harmony. They pay their dough, they come in, they listen. If they don't understand what you're doing, they walk out. What are you supposed to do, tie 'em with a rope whilst you explain you're playing great music?" - (Down Beat June 15, 1951).

Jack Perciful: "Unless you're playing somewhere like Carnegie Hall, in the States, the piano is the last thing they buy. When they've got ten dollars left over they go buy a piano." - (Crescendo October 1971.)

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Bebop Spoken Here is currently listed at number 22 in the WORLD JAZZ BLOG Rankings!

Sunday May 28

Afternoon.
Harambee Pasadia - See RH Column.
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Mark Williams (solo guitar) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 12:30pm. Free.
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Northumberland Park, Tynemouth Rd., Tynemouth NE30 2HA. 3pm. Free.
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Blues @ The Bay - Tanner Smith's 17-19 South Parade, Whitley Bay NE26 2RE, 0191 2525941. 4pm. Free. Blues jam w. Scott Wall & Charlie Philp.
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Musicians Unlimited - Park Hotel, Park Rd., Hartlepool TS26 9HU. 01249 233126.1pm. Free.
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Evening
Cancelled! Young Musicians Jam Session - Quakerhouse, Mechanics' Yard, Darlington DL3 7QF. 6pm. Cancelled!
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Billy Bootleggers All Star House Band w. Teresa Watson - Billy Bootleggers - 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Jazz at the National Centre for Early Music (NCEM), York

NCEM Box Office: 01904 658338, Web: www.ncem.co.uk
 Adriano Adewale and Benjamim Taubkin
Thursday 10 October 7.30pm
NCEM, St Margaret’s Church, Walmgate, York YO1 9TL
Brazilian pianist Taubkin has been making waves with his sensual mix of lush traditional arrangements laced with cutting edge technique and contemporary harmony. For this tour he has teamed up with exhilarating and innovative percussionist Adewale.Their work together revolves around the play of push and pull between two instruments, which are often considered the backbone of bossa nova.
Tickets: £12.00 (concessions £10.00; students £5.00)
Box Office: 01904 658338, Web: www.ncem.co.uk
Look Stranger
Ruth Culver and the Utter:Jazz Quartet
with special guest reader Sir Derek Jacobi
Thursday 17 October  7.30pm
NCEM, St Margaret’s Church, Walmgate, York YO1 9TL
To mark Britten’s Centenary, Utter:Jazz weave swing, samba, blues and grooves through their vibrant re-imaginings of Benjamin Britten’s WH Auden songs. Britten’s stunning harmonic soundscapes and Auden’s passionate and political lyrics are refracted through many diverse influences of contemporary jazz in these intriguing and entertaining new arrangements. In between songs are readings of WH Auden’s poetry by Sir Derek Jacobi.
Tickets: £17.00 (concessions £15.00)
Box Office: 01904 658338, Web: www.ncem.co.uk
Rafiki Jazz
Declaration Kriol
Friday 18 October  7.30pm
NCEM, St Margaret’s Church, Walmgate, York YO1 9TL
Promising an extravagant blitz of dancing cross-continental world music wizardry, this project brings an expanded Rafiki Jazz ensemble, presenting an inspired collaborative show where global folk heritage traditions come up against the digital domain and our own very British babble of migrated languages. Rafiki Jazz return to the NCEM to showcase vibrant new music from their new album. 
Tickets: £12.00 (concessions £10.00; students £5.00)
Box Office: 01904 658338, Web: www.ncem.co.uk
The Cobra Club
Featuring York Musicians and Dancers
Saturday 26 October 3.00pm
NCEM, St Margaret’s Church, Walmgate, York YO1 9TL
Join Snake Davis and students from Burnholme Community College and Joseph Rowntree Secondary
School for a showcase extravaganza to mark the end of a 6-week jazz project run by Music4U and the NCEM. Helped by musician Sue Williamson and newly graduated Leeds College of Music students the newly formed band has learnt some of Snake’s material, jazz, pop and soul standards and also have written their own songs. Music lovers, Snake fans, family and friends are all welcome.
Tickets: £3.00 (concessions £2.00)
Box Office: 01904 658338, Web: www.ncem.co.uk  
 Snake Davis Band
Snake Davis saxophone, flute, shakuhach, whistle
Paul Birchall keyboards
Ali Thynne drums
Simon Goulding bass
Saturday 26 October 7.30pm
NCEM, St Margaret’s Church, Walmgate, York YO1 9TL
Top British soul, jazz and funk saxophonist Snake Davis will be showcasing the brand new ‘Missing You’ CD. Snake the ‘sax man’ is widely known for his solos on tracks such as Lisa Stansfield’s ‘Change’, M-Peoples ‘Search For A Hero’ and ‘Moving On Up’ and Take That’s ‘A Million Love Songs’. A highly talented player, he is also a musical director, a writer, an arranger, band leader and sought after for his work in education.
Tickets: £17.00 (concessions £15.00)
Box Office: 01904 658338, Web: www.ncem.co.uk
Jamil Sheriff Trio
Friday 8 November 7.30pm
NCEM, St Margaret’s Church, Walmgate, York YO1 9TL
Featuring Dave Walsh drums and Peter Turner double bass, this will be a real treat for anyone who loves the jazz piano trio. The group has a very original sound and their playful approach and joyous interplay is the perfect backdrop for a set of original, contemporary repertoire.
Tickets: £12.00 (concessions £10.00; students £5.00)
Box Office: 01904 658338, Web: www.ncem.co.uk
Saxophone Giants: A Tribute to Jazz’s Greatest Saxophonists
Jean Toussaint saxophones Keith Loftis saxophones
Reuben James piano Dave Hamblett drums
Mark Lewandowski double bass
Sunday 1 December  7.30pm
NCEM, St Margaret’s Church, Walmgate, York YO1 9TL
Keith Loftis, American tenor player makes his UK debut with Saxophone Giants. He will be joined by tenor player, Jean Toussaint and the Reuben James Trio. This will be their first tour since the late, great Wilson passed away suddenly in June 2012. Through some of the 20th century’s most celebrated saxophonists Loftis and Toussaint will blow you away with their clarity of tone, honesty and passion.
Tickets: £15.00 (concessions £13.00; students £5.00)
Box Office: 01904 658338, Web: www.ncem.co.uk
Bethan Thomas
Box Office Manager
National Centre for Early Music
St Margaret’s Church
Walmgate
York
YO1 9TL
Tel: 01904 658338
Fax: 01904 612631
Twitter: @yorkearlymusic



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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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