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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.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Tyneside Dialect Songs

(By Roly Veitch).
As many of you know I've a longstanding interest in our tradition of local dialect songs, the history, the composers etc.
Also its soon to be the 150th anniversary of The Blaydon Races song and the legendary meeting of 9th June 1862.
The Races actually started in 1811 ending in 1916 (not continuous though) - I've put a history of the Races on my website as well as some other aspects of Blaydon area history - the amazing story of Sir Ambrose Crowley and Crowley's Crew, of The Cowens (Joseph Snr & Jnr), of Blaydon Burn (possibly the most industrialised patch of land in England prior to the industrial revolution) and other bits and pieces plus photos now and then etc. Visit
A new CD 'Gan Canny' has been issued now to coincide with the anniversary, including a history of the races in the CD sleeve notes. Full details on the website - it contains innovative new arrangements of many of the favourites of the repertoire (eg. 'Wor Geordie lost his Penker' with a calypso feel).
I'm arranging a few concerts by The Blaydon Aces over the coming months - - -
Mon evening 28th May - The Cherry Tree Restaurant, Jesmond.
Wed evening 13th June - The Lit & Phil, Newcastle.
Further concerts are being arranged.
Please visit the website for more information.
Here's some interesting links for any proud Geordie - -
Radio Tyneside - Gary Hoggs 'The Geordie Hour' on a Sunday 5pm

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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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