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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 Sunday March 18


Musicians Unlimited - Park Inn, Park Road, Hartlepool TS26 9HU. Tel: 01429 233126. 12 noon. Free.

Jason Isaacs & the Ambassadors of Swing - Hoochie Coochie, Pilgrim Street, Newcastle NE1 6SF. Tel: 0191 222 0130. 5:30pm (doors 4:00pm). £16.00.

Revolutionaires - Tyne Bar, Maling St, Newcastle NE6 1LP. 3pm. Free.

Somethin’ Blue - Vesuvio, 3a Houndgate, Darlington DL1 5RL. 5:00pm. Tel: 01325 788564. Matt Case (saxophone) & Mike Hepple (guitar).


POSTPONED DUE TO WEATHER! Zoë Gilby Quartet - Black Bull, Bridge Street, Blaydon NE21 4JJ. 8:00pm. £5.00. Rescheduled August 19.

Alter Ego - The Globe, 11 Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £5.00.

Bradley Johnston - The Fire Station, High Street West, Sunderland SR1 3DT. Tel: 0191 594 7241. 6:00pm. Free. New weekly residency.

Gypsy Dave Smith - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

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

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Snarky Puppy’s Bill Laurance Hits Sage Gateshead!

(Preview by Russell)
This Tuesday (26 May) Snarky Puppy’s killer rhythm section hits Sage Gateshead. Led by Londoner Bill Laurance, the trio will be on stage in Hall Two with the Netherlands’ world-famous Metropole Orchestra. Laurance (keyboards) is touring Swift, his new CD from the ‘Bill Laurance Project’ featuring Snarky Puppy’s co-founder Michael League (bass) and super-tight drummer Robert ‘Sput’ Searight.
Snarky Puppy’s sensational debut appearance in Hall Two at Sage Gateshead continues to be the talk of the town. The 2014 show attracted a sell-out crowd with level one a sea of dancing bodies. Fans on the upper levels hung over balconies in a state of delirium. The Brooklyn boys certainly put on a show! Grammy Award-winning Laurance swoops into the UK to play six dates and Sage Gateshead on Tuesday is one of them. The European leg of the tour has attracted full houses, so, to be certain of getting into Tuesday’s gig, a quick phone call to Sage Gateshead’s ticket office should be your number one priority – 0191 443 4661.
The Metropole Orchestra formed in the immediate post-WWII years in a public funding arrangement with Netherlands Public Broadcasting (somewhat analogous to the BBC’s Concert Orchestra) rapidly earning a reputation for first class ensemble performances. A now-legendary guest artiste roll of honour includes such luminaries as Ella, Dizzy, Stan Getz (they would have graced Sage Gateshead!) and today’s stars Laura Mvula, Gregory Porter and Chris Potter. Tour publicity sums up Laurance’s sound: a deep groove under flowing classical melodies. The Metropole outfit is able to adapt to any given project; the orchestra boasts international-class string players and brass and woodwind sections with jazz cats straining at the leash. The orchestra has had many distinguished MDs including a lengthy association with Vince Mendoza. The Snarky Puppy guys will brew up a storm and with a full-scale orchestra to play with (in the fun sense) the NYC groove merchants could well top last year’s triumphant Sage Gateshead gig.
Jazz fan? Classical buff? Cross-over appeal? Adventurous? Curious? It’s looking like a Hall Two sell-out (s/he who hesitates…)! Book now, contact Sage Gateshead to be sure of your ticket for the Bill Laurance Project (Tuesday 26 May) – 0191 443 4661.             

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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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