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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.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

And Everybody Stayed - Paul Skerritt Band @ The Cherry Tree. August 11

Paul Skerritt (vcl); James Harrison (pno); Neil Harland (bs); Tom Chapman (dms).
(Review by Lance/photo by Simon).
Restaurant gigs, any musician will tell you, are gigs where the music runs a distant third behind the Crêpe Suzette or the latest piece of gossip! Even at a jazz orientated estab. such as the Cherry Tree I've witnessed some of the most wonderful music being totally unappreciated by the diners.
Tonight wasn't like that. 
The Skerritt Band entertain and they do it with presentation, brilliant musicianship and communication.
This latter word is the clue. Communication.
They communicate! Even playing Happy Birthday - as just about every other band does every other gig - is a groove. Skerritt can work a room as well as many more illustrious names do and tonight was no exception.
I'm not going to list the songs - Peter S did that in his review of last Wednesday's gig at Ashington and there were few changes to the repertoire. One change was Neil Harland on bass. I don't know if Neil has played with the band before but he certainly did them proud tonight.
Tom Chapman knows the pad and he kept it swinging, so much so he was pronounced "King of the Swingers" after his solo on that famous Jungle Book number.
Oh yes, just in case I forget, James Harrison played piano, which is like saying Muhammad Ali did a little boxing....
For an instrumental feature James played a fantastic version of Food, Glorious Food.
Was ever a tune more appropriate?
Szechuan peppered squid, Asian noodle salad, lime and coriander; Char-grilled bistro rump, peppercorn sauce and traditional steak garnish (and frites); Tiramasu with coffee granita washed down by a bottle of Black Sheep convinced me the tune was appropriate!
It was a cosmopolitan audience tonight. We had Simon - an Anglo Aussie who works in China - as well as a couple of Ashingtonians, some Teessiders and yours truly, the only member of Le Hot Club du Hebburn. 
Start spreading the news...
(Photos courtesy of Simon pictured with James and the waitresses.)

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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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