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Bebop Spoken There

Don Rendell: “The public...complain of a lack of modern jazz in their area and then don't support it when it arrives." - (Melody Maker, May 5th 1962)

Ronnie Scott: "People are just not prepared to sit and listen to jazz during the week." (Melody Maker, July 21st 1962)

Today Thursday July 20

Afternoon
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Rd., nr. Newcastle NE27 0DA. 1:oopm. Free.
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Evening.
Sarathy Korwar Quintet - Black Swan, Newcastle Arts Centre, 59 Westgate Rd., Newcastle NE1 1SG. 8pm. £10. (£8 conc.).JNE gig.
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Tyne Valley Big Band + Tyne Valley Youth Big Band + Tyne Valley Junior Jazz Ensemble -Phoenix Bar, Chisholm Place, Hexham. 6pm (Collection).
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Maine Street Jazzmen - Potter's Wheel, Sunniside NE16 5EE, 8:30pm. Free.
Screamin' Miss Jackson & the Slap Ya Mama Big Band - The Schooner, South Shore Rd., Gateshead. 8:30pm. Free.
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Tees Hot Club w. James Harrison (piano); Richie Emmerson (tenor); Ray Dales (alto) - Dormans, Oxford Rd., Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Free. 9pm.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Quantum Illusion/Chris Cundy @ The Bridge Hotel, Newcastle - March 5
















Trevor Watts (alto and soprano saxophone) & Veryan Weston (digital key station) + Chris Cundy (bass clarinet)
(Review by Steve H/Photos courtesy of Ken Drew). 

After a couple of fairly straight-ahead gigs this last week I was ready for something a little more challenging and Sunday night at The Bridge did not disappoint. Watts and Weston are pioneers of Britain’s free jazz scene and have played together many times. Fortunately, in the case of this dynamic duo, familiarity breeds creativity. Watts on both alto and soprano sax blew all the cobwebs away with the power and intrigue of an old master. Meanwhile, Weston, on a digital key station, was simply a revelation I have never seen an electronic keyboard played with such gusto and passion. The sum of the parts produced a memorable set of uplifting free jazz. In fact, when they had completed their performance I couldn’t believe that 45 minutes had passed so quickly.

Earlier in the evening saw a virtuoso performance from Chris Cundy on bass clarinet. The instrument has a great range of tones but Cundy managed to produce an unprecedented array of effects with his phenomenal technique incorporating multiphonics and circular breathing. The original pieces related to folk dances, trees, wood and swamps. The final piece was somewhat ominously named Burial but it was far from a melancholy affair. An extraordinary performance thoroughly appreciated by all present
The evening concluded with all 3 musicians coming together to perform a couple of marvellous improvised pieces. Not everyone’s cup of tea I’m sure, 
but for those who like something a little less sweet with their beverage a quite delicious offering.
Steve H.

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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.
The idea of this blog is for you to share your thoughts and pass on your comments on discs, gigs, jazz - music in general. If you've been to a gig/concert or heard a CD that knocked you sideways please share your views with us. Tell us about your favourites, your memories, your dislikes.
Lance (Who wishes it to be known that he is not responsible for postings other than his own and that he's not always responsible for them.)
Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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