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Bebop Spoken There

Artie Shaw: “I'm not interested in giving people what they want--I'm interested in making music.” – (DownBeat October 15, 1939).

Jason Marsalis: “There's so many places that this music can go and there's a lot yet to be discovered.'” – (DownBeat April 2018)

Today Saturday March 17


Rat Pack - Live from Las Vegas @ Sunderland Empire, High St West, Sunderland SR1 3EX. 2:30pm. Featuring Rat Pack Big Band & Burrelli Sisters.


KOAN 7 - the Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:00pm. £5.00. (£4.00. concs). ‘Form and Space’ ‘An evening of free improvisation and original composition’. Line-up includes John Pope (solo improvised set).

Rat Pack - Live from Las Vegas @ Sunderland Empire, High St West, Sunderland SR1 3EX. 7:30pm. Featuring Rat Pack Big Band & Burrelli Sisters.

Boys of Brass - Brandling Villa, Haddricks Mill Road, South Gosforth, Newcastle NE3 1QL. 9:00pm. Free.

Ben Cipolla - Great Broughton Village Hall, Ingleby Road, Great Broughton, Cleveland TS9 7ER. 7:30pm. Tickets: £12.50 from 01642 712176.

Gilded Thieves - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

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st of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

A Big Yes for Steve Howe @ Sage Gateshead.

Steve Howe (gtr); Ross Stanley (B3); Dylan Howe (dms).
This was a jazz gig- don't let anyone tell you otherwise! How could it be anything else with Ross Stanley pedaling the B3? And Steve Howe? Well I've long believed that beneath every rocker there is a jazzer and so it proved tonight when Yes guitarist Howe made it clear that he could cut it as a jazzman.
The majority of the audience that filled the ground floor of Hall 2 (plus a few who overlapped onto the next level) probably had never heard of Miles Davis, Roland Kirk, Jimmy Smith or Kenny Burrell or even realised they were listening to jazz yet they gave a standing ovation at the end and, for an encore, Steve Howe played a wonderful, unaccompanied piece. He didn't give the title but it could have been a composition by Albert Harris, Carl Kress, Dick McDonough or even Eddie Lang. It was lush! For the second encore it was more Kenny Burrell and more standing ovations.
In between the jazz we had jazzified versions of numbers associated with Yes but it was the fifties Blue Note Jimmy Smith/Kenny Burrell grooves that made this listener's night. Ross Stanley was incredible in support and solo whilst Howe Jr. on drums drove and booted, soloed and foured, did crazy and sedate. It was one of those gigs that just flew by.

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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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Lance (Who wishes it to be known that he is not responsible for postings other than his own and that he's not always responsible for them.)
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