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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.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

What A Day This Has Been... Singin' The Blues in Manchester - Fusionhead @ The Bridge.

Roz Sluman (alt/ten/vcl); Nick Rimmer (keys); Alex Green (bs); Kenny Reed (dms).
The day had begun with football, not a subject we digress upon too much. However, today was special for Manchester, Newcastle (faintly) and Sunderland. At the end of the day Man City won the plaudits and it was Man U who were "Singin' The Blues" - Newcastle didn't make the Champions League and Sunderland didn't make the Top Ten.
Never mind - there is always next year...
So, to the music which, at the end of the day, supercedes overpaid foreigners kicking a ball around.
Fusionhead, tonight's Splinter/JNE headliners, play funky jazz with a solid 1970's feel. "I was there" we cried as the band stormed into a number reminiscent of yore.
Sluman plays for keeps - her alto playing strips the paint from the ceiling reminding us of Hank Crawford with maybe just a grain of Sand(born) added to the recipe.
On tenor the lady from Cumbria cries out musically that this is how they walk the bar in Downtown Carlisle!.
Vocally she gets the feel and conveys it well. With a solid rhythm section behind the band rocked and rolled, funked and souled. This was music aimed at the feet rather than the mind - Hoochie Coochie material perhaps?

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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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