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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 Wednesday August 23

Afternoon
Vieux Carre Jazzmen - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
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Evening.
New Orleans Jazz at the Village Hall - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Rd., Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:15pm. £3.
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Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. £1. 8pm.
Billy's Acoustic Blues - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free (weekly).
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Deep Joy Quartet @ Central Bar, Gateshead. Friday 25 May

Paul Dunmall (tenor & soprano saxophones, pipes), Paul Rogers (double bass), Mark Sanders (drums) & Miles Levin (drums)
Drummer Tony Levin died some fifteen months ago. A stalwart of the British modern jazz scene and for many years a committed participant on the European free jazz scene, Deep Joy would have won his approval. Formed to celebrate Levin’s legacy, the musicians hold him in the highest regard. Reeds virtuoso Paul Dunmall and bassist Paul Rogers worked with Levin for many years, notably in Mujiician. Indeed the free-jazz group with Levin behind the traps played a final concert a little more than 100 metres from the Central Bar in Gateshead Old Town Hall before he became too ill to continue working.
The Levin name lives on with son Miles Levin, himself an accomplished drummer, as one of two percussionists in the line-up. The other, Mark Sanders, an established name on the scene, led one to wonder how successful a two-drum combo would be. The competitive element should be absent in a free jazz context yet there was, surely, ego-driven respect between the two. The imperturbable Rogers acted as moderator although the sound balance didn't do him any favours in the narrow, restricted upstairs venue. Dunmall, without question a world-class musician, found ‘deep joy’ in the music making. Eyes closed, immersed in the group sound, he contributed stunning work on tenor, then soprano and on one occasion pipes (genus unspecified!). Levin and Sanders couldn't resist keeping the pot boiling. The propulsive effect of the two proved unrelenting yet Sanders found time and space to broaden the palette in typical free style. A highlight of the evening featured Sanders and Rogers (Dunmall and Levin dropped-out) in a wonderful exchange of ideas culminating in spontaneous applause from the select but appreciative audience.
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.
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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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