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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 Saturday March 17


Rat Pack - Live from Las Vegas @ Sunderland Empire, High St West, Sunderland SR1 3EX. 2:30pm. Featuring Rat Pack Big Band & Burrelli Sisters.


KOAN 7 - the Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:00pm. £5.00. (£4.00. concs). ‘Form and Space’ ‘An evening of free improvisation and original composition’. Line-up includes John Pope (solo improvised set).

Rat Pack - Live from Las Vegas @ Sunderland Empire, High St West, Sunderland SR1 3EX. 7:30pm. Featuring Rat Pack Big Band & Burrelli Sisters.

Boys of Brass - Brandling Villa, Haddricks Mill Road, South Gosforth, Newcastle NE3 1QL. 9:00pm. Free.

Ben Cipolla - Great Broughton Village Hall, Ingleby Road, Great Broughton, Cleveland TS9 7ER. 7:30pm. Tickets: £12.50 from 01642 712176.

Gilded Thieves - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

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

Friday, December 01, 2017

Alter Ego @ The Globe - November 30

Keith Robinson (alto saxophone), Niall Armstrong (tenor saxophone & flute), Dave Hignett (trumpet & flugelhorn), Andy Hawking (piano), Paul Grainger (double bass) & David Francis (drums)
(Review by Russell)
Baby, it’s cold outside…I really can’t stay. It was cold outside, it was cold inside. As snowflakes fell the band must have wondered if anyone would turn up. A bottle of Black Sheep, a half glass, ‘hello’ to the few hardy souls (the band), quick, choose a seat. Newcastle’s Jazz Co-op on Railway Street was open for business.
Alter Ego got cracking with some familiar material. First, Blues Marx with Niall Armstrong loosening up on tenor, a brisk In Walked Bud, the band now nicely warmed up (musically speaking!), time for Keith Robinson to cut loose on Andy Hawking’s Scriabin Scraps. There’s something about the alto; cutting, calling, insistent. Ron McClure’s Sunburst turned up the thermostat (the heating was on), a flugelhorn feature for Dave Hignett bookended by flautist Armstrong on Sudden Samba, a typically good set from Alter Ego brought to a close with Kenny Garrett’s robust Computer G featuring Dave Hignett’s blues breaking flugel solo. Keith Robinson thanked the audience (there was an audience) for making the effort on a night such as this as the boys in the band headed to the bar.

Dexter Gordon’s Cheese Cake a tasty second set first bite with a ravenous Andy Hawking playing some great piano. The absent Tony Abell’s Llangranog Blues heard from Dave Hignett on trumpet – Dave, don’t blow the roof off, not tonight, it’s freezing! – and a solo feature for depping bass man, Mr Paul Grainger. Keith Robinson would later acknowledge PG’s sterling contribution in reading a snow flurry of dots on the night. Dog Leap Bounce (comp N. Armstrong) called for more alto from Robinson, and as the evening drew to a close with Bobby Watson’s cleverly constructed A Wheel within a Wheel featuring the swooping horns of Robinson, Armstrong and Hignett, the man at the back, drummer David Francis, job done, packed away his Art Blakey drum tutor for another day.        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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