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Bebop Spoken There

Danny Gatton: "I was tired of playing in beer joints. I wanted to do something tangible like building cars. But once you do music it gets into your blood. You can get away from it for awhile but sooner or later it comes back to you." - (Down Beat April 1991).

Tal Farlow: "There were times when I would stop [playing guitar] and do sign painting." - (Downbeat December 5, 1963)

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Today Sunday August 20

Afternoon.
Mark Williams (solo guitar) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 12:30pm. Free.
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Blues @ The Bay - Tanner Smith's 17-19 South Parade, Whitley Bay NE26 2RE, 0191 2525941. 4pm. Free. Blues jam w. Scott Wall & Charlie Philp.
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Musicians Unlimited - Park Hotel, Park Rd., Hartlepool TS26 9HU. 01249 233126.1pm. Free. Summer Break. Back Sept. 3
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Somethin' Blue - Vesuvio, 3a Houndgate, Darlington DL1 5RL. 01325 788564. 5pm. Weekly.
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Evening
Chris Martin - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.
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Paul Edis Trio - Black Bull, Bridge St. Blaydon NE21 4JJ. 8pm. £5.
To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Deco Heart @ The Lit and Phil. Friday May 18.

Lucian Ban (piano); Mat Maneri (viola).
(Review by Russell).
New York’s Downtown scene offers the listener a seemingly endless choice of first rate musicians to get to know and sometimes love. Romanian pianist Lucian Ban, resident in the Big Apple, first appeared on Bebop Spoken Here’s radar last year when he visited The Sage with his Enescu project. Ban and the stellar line-up of musicians in tow gave a gig of the year performance. One of the string players in the band was viola player Mat Maneri. He was known to north east audiences having visited Newcastle on several occasions.

The opportunity to hear Ban and Maneri together in the drawing room environs of the Lit and Phil was too good to miss. The piano was to Ban’s liking and Maneri commented that it was a joy to play in such a great space. For the most part jazz fans stayed away. Those who did make the effort were duly rewarded. It wasn’t a jazz gig as such, more an improvised chamber music performance; twenty first century contemporary music with jazz elements infused with a subtle blues feel emanating from Ban’s creative piano playing. Maneri is known as an improviser from the ‘out’ school of performers. Playing on the ‘outside’ can be a hit and miss affair but when it works, it is, as they say, ‘something else’. This Lit and Phil performance was ‘something else’! The virtuosity of the musicians was never in question, the only concern was would it work? It worked, it really did. Slow tempo or blisteringly quick, the duo were at the top of their game, frequently swinging it like nobody’s business. The compositions were largely Ban’s - Not That Kind of Blues, Harlem Bliss Out and El Corazon – with one or two from Maneri, and Muhal Richard Abrams’ tune Two Over One. An encore was won – the applause was deafening – and everyone went home happy (some of us went to the pub). A great gig heard by the few. Be there next time.
Russell.

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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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