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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.

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

Friday, December 01, 2017

CD Review: Elektrojazz - New York Tribute

Anders Larson (trombone, composition, producer); Anders Rose (Rhodes/Wurlitzer); Matthias Petri (bass); Andreas Svendsen (drums/perc) + NY artists: Michael Stephenson (vocal); Mr. Reed (vocal); JFlo (beatboxer); Cary Goldberg (spoken word); Gonzalo Silva (electric bass/vocal).
(Review by Lance).
I'm not a native New Yorker but that's only because of a few thousand miles of ocean that lie 'twixt the UK and the USA. 
A similar state of affairs with Elektrojazz. Trombonist Larson, born in Sweden, lives in Copenhagen as do his band colleagues.
The aim of their visit to Manhattan was to capture the pulse, feel and smell of the city. They went around Manhattan doing on-location recordings of street musicians, people and places. They even had a subway train doubling as a horn section!
The star, apart from the city itself, is Larson one of the most engaging trombonists I've heard in many a long year. Jimmy Knepper with Mingus springs to mind. The pathos of Midtown March is expressed with a sad eloquence by Cary Goldberg. The mood of his spoken words matched by Larson's plaintive cries and comments.
Michael Stephenson's vocals are smooth as silk. Mr. Reeds less so but more adventurous - takes more chances. The beatbox and the subway sounds add to the ambiance.
Until today I'd only been to New York once.
Now I've been twice!

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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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