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Bebop Spoken There

Roland Kirk: "[On playing 3 horns at once] There might be some guy out in the woods somewhere who we never heard of who did it before me. I do know I'm the first to bring it to the public''- (Down Beat June 1995).

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Diana Krall: "I'll come into the gig for the soundcheck, and guys will ask, 'Where's the piano player?' They don't realise I'm both" - (Down Beat May 18, 1967).

Archives.

Today Thursday September 29

Afternoon.
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - The Holystone Bar and Restaurant,Whitley Rd. , Newcastle upon Tyne NE27 0DA.1:00pm. Free.
Tees Valley Jazzmen - No 1 Champagne Bar, Market Place, Bishop Auckland. 12:30pm. Free.
Evening.
See Nine - Hoochie Coochie, 54 Pilgrim St., Newcastle NE1 6SF. 8:30pm. Free.
Tees Hot Club w. Guests Kevin Eland (tpt) & Richie Emmerson (ten) - Dorman's, Oxford Rd., Middlesbrough. 9pm. Free.
Maine St., Jazzmen - Potter's Wheel, Sunniside, Tyne and Wear, 8:30pm. Free.
Descarga! - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. Free.
New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge Hotel, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees. 8:30pm.
The Big Chris Barber Band - Gala Theatre, Millennium Place, Durham DH1 1WA. 7:30pm. £21 (£20 conc.)
Pocket Jazz Orchestra w. Jud Downes (tpt) - The Ship, Church Lane, Redmarshall TS21 1EP. 8:30pm. Free.
Strictly Smokin' Big Band - The Millstone, Haddricks Mill Rd., South Gosforth, 7:00pm. Free.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Plenty New Under the Sun (Ra)

The Sage Gateshead Jazz Festival is now but just over 5 weeks away and, on paper, looks likely to be the best yet. There are so many good things happening that it is nigh impossible to encapsulate them all here so I intend to take an occasional look at some of them individually between now and March 26 which is the opening night.
This is the night when Jerry Dammers' Spatial A.K.A. Orchestra pay tribute to their spiritual inspirations - the Cosmic Jazz of Sun Ra and Alice Coltrane.
However, this is more than the sincerest form of flattery it is an original concept in it's own right mingling their sounds with those of dub innovator Coxsone Dodd, exotica pioneer Martin Denny and more.
Expect outré costumes, theatrics and visuals in a mix of ska, reggae, hip-hop, dub-step, rock and outer -spatial sounds - "an unforgetable ride across the galaxies", the brochure tells us, featuring some of the UK's finest jazz musicians. Well, at Gateshead, you wouldn't expect anything less.
To whet your appetite for what's in store click here.
The only downside to this concert is that it clashes with the Stan Tracey Octet in Hall Two of which more later.
Jerry Dammers' Spatial A.K.A. Orchestra Hall One. Friday March 26 7:30 pm. Tickets £19.50 from The Sage Box Office, by phone 0191 4434661, or online at www.thesagegateshead.org.
Lance.

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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.
The idea of this blog is for you to share your thoughts and pass on your comments on discs, gigs, jazz - music in general. If you've been to a gig/concert or heard a CD that knocked you sideways please share your views with us. Tell us about your favourites, your memories, your dislikes.
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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