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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 May 18, 1967).

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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 1995).

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Today Saturday October 1

Afternoon

Kevin Grenfell's Jazz Giants - St. Augustine's Centre, Larchfield Tce., Darlington DL3 7TG. 12:330pm. £10.

Play Jazz Workshop w. Asaf Sirkis - Sage Gateshead. 2pm. £20 (£18 Jazz Coop shareholders).

Evening

Sirkis/Bialas Quartet - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8:00pm. £15. Asaf Sirkis (percussion), Sylwia Bialas (vocals), Frank Harrison (piano), Kevin Glasgow (bass).

Rendezvous Jazz - The Red Lion, 1 Front St., Earsdon NE25 9JU. 8:30pm. £3. NOTE CHANGE OF VENUE FOR THIS MONTH ONLY.

Sinatra & Friends Holographic Concert - Whitley Bay Playhouse. 7:30pm. £22.00. (£20.00.concs.). Live performance plus AV technology.

Mia Webb/Roy Willis - New Ship Inn, 403 Sunderland Rd., Cleadon NE34 8DG. 7pm. Free.

Somethin' Blue - Mercure Hotel, 9-12 Priestgate, Darlington DL1 1NW. 7:30pm. Free.

Peter Gilligan (solo piano) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 7:30pm. No cover charge.

Ruth Lambert/Alan Law - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle NE1 1RQ. Free 7.pm 0191 2331010.

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

Sunday, March 28, 2010

The Raymond Scott Experience - the Stu Brown Sextet.

This was an oddity - a mainly pleasant oddity. The Raymond Scott Sextet was a quirky little band popular in the 1930s. Their music bore a superficial resemblance to the John Kirby Sextet but without the innate jazz credentials of the latter. Nevertheless, they were tuneful and much of their music was infectious - not least because of the titles: War Dance of the Wooden Indians, Dinner Music for a Pack of Hungry Cannibals, New Years Eve in a Haunted House etc.
From my seat in the stalls of Hall Two I watched clips of a forthcoming documentary on Scott by his son, Stan Warnow, who introduced the concert. The clips faded and the stage lights came up to reveal the Stu Brown Sextet who then went into some of Scott's original scores playing it absolutely authentically.
There were more clips this time of  Looney Tunes cartoons of which Raymond Scott provided the background music plus a slide compilation of drawings by schoolchildren who had drawn them as a reaction to the music played.
The Stu Brown Sextet played their contemporary versions of Scott classics and, as Scott was a pioneering force in developing musical electronics so the sextet did likewise.
One doomy theme played on a 'Wind Synthesiser' was commissioned by the Scottish Arts Council - why wasn't I surprised?
Still it was an enjoyable couple of hours of escapism that drew attention to the memory of a largely forgotten figure.
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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