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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 Wednesday March 21


Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free admission.

Rod Sinclair & Tom Fletcher - The Vault, Hallgate, Hexham NE46 1XD. 2:00pm. £7.50.


Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8:00pm. £1.00

The Village Hall New Orleans Band - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:15pm £3.00.

Moonshine Sessions - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson Street, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 8:30pm. Free.

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

Monday, June 26, 2017

CD Review: Kathrine Windfeld Big Band

(Review by Lance).
A compelling album by an outstanding Danish Big Band. Not a swing band by any means and, although there are foot-tapping moments, mainly it's a contemporary ensemble with barely a do-wa-do-wa-do-wa in sight. Instead, Ms. Windfeld successfully, and originally, explores territories previously prospected by Gil Evans, Mingus, George Russell, Kenny Wheeler, Mike Westbrook and Mike Gibbs among others. She does it well and loses nothing in comparision to her better known, outside of Denmark, contemporaries.

At only 30-year-old, the world is surely Kathrine's oyster if she can continue in this vein. This pianist, composer, arranger, bandleader must soon be performing at Ronnie's, Birdland and jazz festivals across the world.
Of course, behind every great bandleader there is a great band and this is a great band. Tight ensembles, giving way to free explosions and some exciting solos - Including the lady on piano! Trumpet player Sørensen's solos could even have given the album a subtitle - A Kind of [Danish] Blue.
Kathrine Windfeld (piano, composer, arranger, MD); André Bak, Rolfe Thofte Sørensen, Magnus Oseth (trumpet/flugel); Göran Abelli, Mikkel Aagaard, Anders Larson (trombone); Jakob Lundbak, Jakub Wiecek (alto); Roald Elm Larsen , Ida Karlsson (tenor); Toke Reins (baritone); Viktor Sandström (guitar); Johannes Vaht (bass); Henrik Hansen (drums).
Available in UK on CD or LP July 28.
Label Stunt.
UK distribution - Discovery.

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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.)
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