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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.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Take it to the Bridge @ The Chillingham. February 11

Dave Weisser (trumpet & vocals), Ray Johnson (trumpet & flugelhorn), Don Forbes (trumpet), Rachel Richman (alto saxophone), Barry Ascroft (keyboards), Ray Truscott (electric bass) & Norman Redhead (drums).
(Review by Russell)
Chant. The first number created much pre and post-performance debate on the stand. ‘The bridge starts at the sixteenth bar’ said workshop leader Dave Wiesser, pointing to a chart. More discussion. Ray Johnson mischievously suggested ‘It’s time for a break, isn’t it?’ A few bars in Weisser shouted ‘Stop! Stop!’ Another week at the Chilli.
Jobim, Hank Mobley, Mike Carr, Wayne Shorter’s One By One, the usual choice material. The Shorter number featured nifty work on flugel from Johnson. Throughout the evening Don Forbes played consistently good trumpet, altoist Rachel Richman took one or two solos and six-string bassist Ray Truscott knew most of the material inside out, expressing his liking for one he wasn’t familiar with – Stan Tracey’s Pen Pals. Moanin’ threatened to fall apart until Forbes took it by the scruff of the neck, abetted by a cookin’ rhythm section (stalwart Barry Ascroft, piano, Truscott and traps man Norman Redhead).
Special mention of Peter’s frequent ebullient interjections in between frequent trips to the bar. Entertaining of sorts, Weisser entered into the spirit, embracing the pie-eyed one’s ‘contributions’. Sitters-in are positively encouraged at the Chillingham. Get along to Dave Weisser’s session any Wednesday, eight o’clock- ish.  Russell.

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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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