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Bebop Spoken There

Howlin' Wolf: “He [Charlie Patton] was a nice guy, but he just loved the bottle--like all the rest of the musicians. He was a great drinker.” – (DownBeat December 16, 1967).

Frank Zappa: “Those kids [US students] wouldn't know music if it came up and bit 'em on the ass.” – (DownBeat October 3, 1969).

Today Thursday April 26

Afternoon

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Road, Holystone NE27 0DA. Tel: 266 6173. 1:00pm. Free.

Tees Valley Jazzmen - No.1 Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL12 7NJ. Tel: 01388 665533. 12:30pm. Free admission.

Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society - Gateshead Central Library, Prince Consort Road, Gateshead NE8 4LN. 5:00pm. Fortnightly meetings, all welcome.

Evening

Strictly Smokin’ Big Band - Millstone, Haddrick’s Mill Road, South Gosforth, Newcastle NE3 1QL. 0191 2853229. 7pm.

Maine St. Jazzmen - Sunniside Social Club, Holywell Lane, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5NJ. 8:30pm. Free.

Bearpark Trio - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £3 (£2 student/MU.).

New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees TS18 4AW. 8:30pm.

Tees Hot Club w. Kevin Eland (tpt); Donna Hewitt (sax); Graham Thompson (keys) - Dorman’s Club, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Tel: 01642 823813. 9pm. Free.

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

Sunday, April 08, 2018

GIJF Day 2: Jazz Song Masterclass with Sheila Jordan - Sage Gateshead, April 7

(Review by Ann Alex)
Sheila Jordan was introduced to us by Zoe Gilby, who was at a similar masterclass about 5 years ago, and who has been greatly influenced by what she learned then. And what an engaging, entertaining personality Ms Jordan proved to be! There were about 30 people present, mostly women, and she said that whatever we do, we should ‘keep singing’. Three brave souls had volunteered to have songs critiqued by our teacher, but first, we all did some singing, accompanied by the ever-adaptable Pete Churchill on piano.
We tackled Barbados, music by Charlie Parker, and lyrics by Sheila herself, and others. We were advised about having full song lead sheets  (tune, lyrics, chords etc) then Sheila taught us this bebop tune. Thanks to lots of encouragement, we were soon each soloing over 4 bars of the chords. Lots of advice about scatting – ‘Don’t do it if you don’t want to, Billie Holiday didn’t scat’ and ‘avoid using letter ‘s’, it can sound like a very rude word. We then sang a short blues, playing with lyrics by saying our names and where we lived and other quick comments, simple but effective exercises. And all this was peppered with anecdotes about Sheila’s life and times.

Up stepped our singers, Jen did I Didn’t Know What Time It Was, Julie performed a rather complex  Kurt Weill/Ogden Nash song I’m A Stranger Here Myself and Amy brought a song which was her audition piece for the Leeds Conservatoire, All The Things You Are. They all did well and received useful advice. Said Sheila to Amy ‘if you don’t get through that audition, refer them to me’.

We were then given email and website details, and even Sheila’s home address, so that we could pop in to see her if we ever happened to be in New York!  I can’t wait to hear Sheila do her stuff on the Sunday afternoon of the festival.
‘And remember, keep singing’ said Sheila finally. Good advice!
Ann Alex 


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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.
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