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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 Wednesday March 21


Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free admission.

Rod Sinclair & Tom Fletcher - The Vault, Hallgate, Hexham NE46 1XD. 2:00pm. £7.50.


Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8:00pm. £1.00

The Village Hall New Orleans Band - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:15pm £3.00.

Moonshine Sessions - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson Street, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 8:30pm. Free.

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

Friday, May 04, 2012

NHAM @ Morden Tower. May 3

Tony Bevan (bass & soprano saxophones), Jeb Bishop (trombone), John Edwards (double bass) & Michael Zerang (drums)
Left field back alley turreted venue Morden Tower has played host to many a big name transatlantic musician or poet. Americans Jeb Bishop (trombone) and drummer Michael Zerang from the Chicago free scene added their names to the illustrious guest book. They were in the company of two key figures from the UK; double bassist John Edwards (a frequent visitor to Tyneside) and Tony Bevan (reeds). 
The West Walls space is unlicensed so it has always been a case of bring your own (on this occasion Belhaven 80 Shilling). 
A select gathering heard two untitled pieces from the quartet. Freely improvised? Not quite. Perhaps a conversation over a pint as to how the piece will be structured and develop and with years of playing this stuff it somehow works out. Bishop’s trombone (for the most part muted) led the quartet in a given direction, Bevan’s bass saxophone followed then diverted (he played some killer soprano), bassist Edwards produced his usual energetic performance and Michael Zerang gave a masterclass in free jazz percussion.

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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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