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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.

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

Monday, September 30, 2013

Graeme Wilson Quartet @ Bridge Hotel Sunday Sept. 29

Graeme Wilson (ten); Paul Edis (pno); Andy Champion (bs); Adam Sinclair (dms).
(Review by Lance)
Fiery, contemporary yet always with that essential sense of swing whether up front or implied. Close you're eyes and you're in the Vortex, the 606 or Ronnie's. Keep them closed and you're in Birdland, or the Village Vanguard. This isn't fanciful thinking - these four guys could cut it anywhere. Tonight it was the weekly Splinter session at the Bridge Hotel, Newcastle and it was totally compelling.
A selection of originals by Wilson, most of which we'd heard before in various settings, but which never sounded better than in this format.
Each one told a story - Street of Furs (the garment district of New York); Offissa Pupp (a cartoon character); Pontoon (a floating pier in Scotland); The Sycamore (a rundown cinema in Blyth with a tree growing out of the roof); Searchlight Nevada (a town where the Coltrane Quartet got lost); New Wallow (that cinema again); Ramora (?) and Cool Fudge. The latter title is self explanatory and featured Edis, high on Russell's review of his solo album, putting the Roland effectively into B3 mode albeit without the forearm smashes that that particular model of Hammond is often subjected to. Elsewhere he was mainly in piano mode which was merely magnificent.
On bass, Andy remained the undefeated Champion whilst Adam Sinclair is a contender for number one drummer anywhere.
And Wilson? Composer par excellence and a purveyor of giant Coltranic steps on tenor. A blistering technique and a sound that hits you full on  
To top an excellent evening, the driver of the 27 bus saw me running (ish) and waving forlornly at his accelerating vehicle. You've gotta believe this but he actually stopped and let me on!
Bus driver of the year along with the band of the year - well one of them...

1 comment :

Roly said...

Great band. And that last number is a gem - I think Graeme said it was titled Honolulus.

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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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