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Bebop Spoken There

Ambrose Akinmusire: “I love teaching, and I love the exchange. And I’m starting to accept my role as a mentor. That sounds weird to say. But I can’t avoid the fact that there are younger musicians who are watching me.” – (Down Beat September 2017).

Mike Gibbs: “Rehearsals are a chance for players to learn my degree of vagueness.” – (Jazzwise September 2017).

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Today Tuesday September 19

Afternoon
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Black Bull, 98 Front St., East Boldon NE36 0SG. 1pm. Free. 0191 5365127. New residency 2 mins from East Boldon metro.
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Evening
Jam Session - Jazz Café. 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. Free.
Charles Gordon (solo piano) - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Newcastle. 10pm - midnight. Free.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Monday, January 25, 2016

PARIS-SUR-TYNE @ The Lit and Phil January 24 (Evening Session)

Théo Ceccaldi (violin); Valentin Ceccaldi (cello); Guillaume Aknine (guitar); Corey Mwamba (vibes); Roberto Negro (piano); Xavier Camarasa (piano); Andy Champion (bass); Sylvain Darrifourcq (drums)
(Review by Steve H - photos to follow) 
The evening got off to a great start with the duet Babies featuring Roberto Negro on piano and Théo Ceccaldi on violin. A riveting piece of almost contemporary classical music which reminded me very much of Bela Bartok. Negro almost attacked the inside of the piano as much as the conventional method of striking the keys.
This was followed by the numerically challenged Milesdavisquintet which in fact was a trio comprising of Xavier Camarasa (piano) Valentin Ceccaldi (cello), and Sylvain Darrifourcq (drums)!  I would sum up the style as ‘Acoustic Industrial Techno Jazz ‘as the band took us from the musical equivalent of ‘The Spinning Jenny’ through to ‘The Large Hadron Collider’. Once again the piano took a fair bit of a battering and not to be outdone the cello also seemed to come under attack from the back of Ceccaldi’s bow. Various members in the audience quivered with anxiety for the well-being of the instruments but it all added to a wonderfully exhilarating set.
Sonsale is an Anglo French conglomeration who came together a couple of years ago. From this side of the channel we had Corey Mwamba (vibes, pipes, screams) and Andy Champion (bass) and from La Manche, Valentin Ceccaldi (cello), and Sylvain Darrifourcq (drums). The band produced a primal symphonic set with wonderful vocal outbursts from Corey Mwamba to keep everyone on their toes.
The finale couldn’t be anything other than a Ménage à Huit as all 8 musicians came together for one magnificent orchestral mash up.
Steve.

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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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