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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 Tuesday March 20


Classic Swing - The Ship, Front St., Monkseaton NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free.


Jam session - Jazz Café, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 8:00pm. Free.

Jazz Blowers’ Easter Concert - Hurworth Grange Community Centre, Hurworth Road, Hurworth Place, Darlington DL2 2BN. 7:00pm. £5.00. Concert in the Hadwin Lounge.

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

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Dean Stockdale Trio @ The Globe - Feb. 13.

Dean Stockdale (pno); James Birkett (gtr); Mick Shoulder (bs).
(Review by Lance/photo courtesy of Ken Drew.)
This was one of those eeny, meeny, miney, mo/spin a coin evenings. Two star studded pno/gtr/bass groups (one + drums) playing within a staggering distance of each other. In the end I opted for The Globe, HQ of the Jazz Co-op, although my resolution wavered as, when I made my way down those mean streets everything went black!
Friday the Thirteenth!
That good old British institution, the power cut, had struck! But, maintaining the spirit of The Blitz, we began drowning our sorrows and had almost reached the "We'll Meet Again" stage when the lights came back on in Railway Street and it was only 10 minutes past the 8pm start time.
Within 12 bars, power cuts were forgotten as Stockdale  went into Peterson's Blues Etude. After some piano foreplay Birkett and Shoulder joined in and it was game on!
Next up Jimmy Van Heusen and Johnny Burke's classic Like Someone in Love. Great solos all round and some fine interaction between piano and guitar.
Talking pianos, the Co-op's new Clavinova is without doubt as good as the real thing and streets ahead of the apology for a grand piano that Zoe Rahman had to fight with at the university on Thursday.
An unnamed bossa nova was followed by a super sensitive Over The Rainbow and more guitar/piano contrapuntal passages before the set concluded with a rousing Lady Be Good. Not surprisingly, Djangologists Birkett and Shoulder had plenty to say on this one!
Stockdale emoted musically on Alfie - as good a Bacharach song as any - then a Funky Mama had some slap bass from Mick.
If I had a dollar for every time I've heard All the Things You Are then my estate would be greater than Jerome Kern's but, it must be said, that this version could stand alongside any of them and above most. The evening drew to a close with Cheek to Cheek. There were extraneous noises intruding. Was it Oscar nodding his head and grunting approval? maybe Herb Ellis was tapping his foot and I'm sure Ray Brown was looking over Mick's Shoulder....
But no, it was actually the downstairs disco revving up!
You can never get a power cut when you need one!
Much more to come at The Globe but make a note of Sunday March 15 - Dave Newton and Dean Stockdale two piano session!

1 comment :

Liz said...

"Like someone in love" is one beautiful number!

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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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