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Bebop Spoken There

Claire Martin: "I used to dye my hair like Marilyn Monroe and bomb around in a Sunbeam Rapier ''- (Jazz Cassette Vol 1 No. 2).


Bob Sinfield: "'Bebop in Britain' [4 CD set] has two potential categories of customer; those who are old enough to remember, and those who aren't." - (Jazz Cassette Vol 1 No. 2).


Saturday October 22


Tees Valley Jazzmen - Devenport Hotel, Middleton One Row, Nr. Darlington. 1:30pm. Free.


Mark Williams (Solo guitar) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 7:30pm. No cover charge.

Zoe Gilby/James Harrison - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle NE1 1RQ. Free 0191 2331010.

At the Jazz Band Ball - The Exchange, 1 Howard St., North Shields, NE30 1SE. 0191 2584111. 7pm. £10. Rae Brothers New Orlean Jazz Band; No Time For Jive; Rendezvous Jazz.

The Regals - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8pm. £5.


CANCELLED! Students and 20s & 30s present ‘Jazz Night’ - Jazz Café 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. Free. CANCELLED!


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

Monday, April 16, 2012

Sean Noonan’s Bourne to Brew @ The Bridge. April 15

Sean Noonan (drums & vocals) & Matthew Bourne (keyboards)
The Bridge Hotel’s audience first visited the weird world of Brooklyn drummer/vocalist Sean Noonan some twelve months ago and this year’s excursion promised more strange tales of landladies and silkies. Once again Noonan drew heavily on his 2010 CD release Set the Hammer Free. Classics – one hearing confers ‘classic’ status – such as the scary Drunkard Landlady and the heroic Legend of John Henry had the audience laughing out loud all the while agog at the brilliant musicianship of Noonan and Matthew Bourne (keyboards). Pecos Bill (howl like a coyote Noonan!) and Silkie from the Sea confirmed what many of us suspected to be the case…Noonan is bonkers!
Resting his larynx, the New Yorker challenged Bourne to a bout of instrumental improv. Last year’s match-up was won, as conceded by Noonan, by Brit Bourne and this re-match couldn’t separate them. Perhaps next time – if agreement can be reached over respective purses – it could be televised live (pay per view?). Sean Noonan in concert is an experience. Get in training now and be ready to take on all Noonan can throw at you. One thing is for certain – Noonan will be up in the mountains right now preparing for his return to the Bridge Hotel. 
A Jazz North East & Splinter presentation. 
Next week’s Splinter session features the Redemption Quartet.

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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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