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Bebop Spoken There

Jim Hall: "Won't play loud, can't play fast" - (From one of the great guitarist's business cards brought to our attention by Roly Veitch).

Joel Harrison: “It’s incredibly hard to play bebop on guitar, harder than on saxophone.” – (Jazz Times August 2015)

Sir Thomas Beecham: "Forget about the bars. Look at the phrases, please. Remember that bars are only the boxes in which the music is packed" - (Beecham Stories by Harold Atkins & Archie Newman. Robson Books, 1978).

Today Wednesday June 28

Afternoon.
Vieux Carre Jazzmen - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
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Evening.
Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. £1. 8pm.
Chris Sharkey Trio - Jazz Café. 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £5/Students free - voluntary donation.
Levee Ramblers NOJB - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:30pm. £3.00.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Triptych @ The Lit & Phil. March 31

Paul Edis (piano & clarinet), Paul Susans (double bass) & Rob Walker (drums)
(Review by Russell)
The opening day of the big bash across the Tyne didn’t dissuade the faithful from attending the Lit & Phil’s monthly lunchtime jazz concert. Triptych – Paul Edis, Paul Susans and Rob Walker – is a three-way conversation in a jazz setting. This particular meeting of musical minds played to a now-to-be-expected capacity audience at no. 23 Westgate Road, Newcastle upon Tyne.

The one-hour performance comprised a choice selection of standards and Triptych’s Fragmented Suite. Opening with Edis’ Montage, the attentive crowd hung on every note. Bacharach and David and Jimmy Van Heusen provided the standards – respectively Close to You and the incomparable  I Thought About You. Edis’ piano playing of the highest order (Sage Gateshead’s big ‘do’ would do well to hear anything better), Susans’ bass playing mightily impressive, and the endlessly inventive Rob Walker’s percussion masterclass coalesced around their suite of twenty-five minutes’ duration. Walker’s Fragment, Edis’ Murmuration, the opening pieces of the five-part suite. Dr Gonzo (comp P Susans) then a reprise of Walker’s piece before concluding with Edis’ Dark Ages and a Fragment finale.
A fine end to the month of March. There will not be a concert in April, the series resumes on Friday 19 May with the Dean Stockdale Trio. Pianist Stockdale will introduce two new faces to some of the Lit & Phil’s regulars – bassist Gavin Barras and drummer Adam Dawson, both of whom work in the Manchester area and further afield. Stockdale will have with him copies of his new CD. To ensure a seat, arrive early. The concert, £5.00 admission, is scheduled to start at 1:00pm.
Please note that the visit of Nicola Farnon to the Gala Theatre, Durham on April 14 is a sell-out.        

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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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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