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Bebop Spoken There

Artie Shaw: “I'm not interested in giving people what they want--I'm interested in making music.” – (DownBeat October 15, 1939).

Jason Marsalis: “There's so many places that this music can go and there's a lot yet to be discovered.'” – (DownBeat April 2018)

Today Sunday March 18


Musicians Unlimited - Park Inn, Park Road, Hartlepool TS26 9HU. Tel: 01429 233126. 12 noon. Free.

Jason Isaacs & the Ambassadors of Swing - Hoochie Coochie, Pilgrim Street, Newcastle NE1 6SF. Tel: 0191 222 0130. 5:30pm (doors 4:00pm). £16.00.

Revolutionaires - Tyne Bar, Maling St, Newcastle NE6 1LP. 3pm. Free.

Somethin’ Blue - Vesuvio, 3a Houndgate, Darlington DL1 5RL. 5:00pm. Tel: 01325 788564. Matt Case (saxophone) & Mike Hepple (guitar).


POSTPONED DUE TO WEATHER! Zoë Gilby Quartet - Black Bull, Bridge Street, Blaydon NE21 4JJ. 8:00pm. £5.00. Rescheduled August 19.

Alter Ego - The Globe, 11 Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £5.00.

Bradley Johnston - The Fire Station, High Street West, Sunderland SR1 3DT. Tel: 0191 594 7241. 6:00pm. Free. New weekly residency.

Gypsy Dave Smith - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

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

Friday, May 25, 2012

Jazz Bar Quartet @ Jazz Bar, Edinburgh. Thursday May 24.

Colin Steele (tpt); Brian Kellock (pno); Ed Kelly (bs); Bill Kyle (dms).
This quartet of stalwarts was put together at the last minute ye,t from bar one, it sounded as if they had been playing together for years!
Colin Steele, last heard in the role of Chet Baker in the play A Funny Valentine, has absorbed much of the tragic American's style. Steele knows his barriers and doesn't attempt to vault them instead works well within them. So many lyrical phrases - and with a tone to die for - made his playing a delight to listen to. On piano, Brian Kellock is right up there with them - there may be better pianists but, off hand, I can't think of any. On bass and drums, Kelly and Kyle kicked  things along swinging like crazy when insanity was called for - Sonnymoon For Two - soothing and tender when gentle cajoling was required such as on the beautiful Blame it on my Youth.
Other moments to treasure were When Lights Are Low, Tangerine, Black Orpheus and But Not For Me which endeth the first lesson.
I'd like to have hung around for the second set but the number 31 bus beckoned.
Nice to meet Kieren Alexander - an Australian - who has sent me some excellent photos of the gig - one of  which is on this page with another three to add - thank you Kieren.
Photos by Kieren (first 4).

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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.)
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