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Claire Martin: "People think that it's the Americans that swing the hardest - I think us Europeans give them a fair run for their money." (Jazzwise March 2019).

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Today Sunday February 24

Afternoon

Jazz

Musicians Unlimited - Park Inn, Park Road, Hartlepool TS26 9HU. Tel: 01429 233126. 1:00pm (doors 12 noon). Free.

Vieux Carré Hot 4 - Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay NE26 1BG. 12:00-3:00pm. 1920's jazz in Trencher's, Restaurant, the Champagne Bar & Valerie's Tearooms.

Jazz Social - Fire Station, High St West, Sunderland SR1 3DT. Tel: 0191 594 7241. 3:00-5:00pm. Last Sunday in month jam session.

Daniel John Martin w Swing Manouche - Claypath Deli, Claypath, Durham DH1 3407209. 4pm £7 (£5 concs).

More jam - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 3:00pm. Free.

Blues

Broken Levee - Tyne Bar, Maling St., Newcastle NE6 1LP. Tel: 0191 265 2550. 4:00pm. Free.

St Dom &the Sinful - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 3:00pm. Free.

Evening

Jazz

Debra Milne & Steve Glendinning - Quakerhouse, Mechanics' Yard, Darlington DL3 7QF. Tel: 01325 245052. 6:15 pm. £5. Darlington Jazz Club.

DU Jazz Soc jam session - Fabio’s Bar, Saddler St, Durham DH13NP. Tel: 0191 383 9290. 7:30pm. Free.

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

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Bebop Played There - Damon Brown/Steve Grossman Quintet - Corner House

Damon Brown (cornet), Steve Grossman (ten), Robin Aspland (pno), Mark Hodgson (bs), Sebastian de Krom (dms).
If Steve Grossman, at times, appeared to be coasting then who could blame him? The American was recuperating from surgery for damaged vertebrae which didn't make blowing a tenor easy.
Nevertheless, vertebrae notwithstanding, he blew fine contempary(ish) tenor (the instrument was a somewhat time travelled Selmer Mark VI) in comparatively short but effective bursts.
The general feel on this Jazz North-east/Gateshead Leisure promotion was updated bebop with Damon Brown outstanding on cornet - shades of Nat Adderley, plus a touch of Don Cherry in the mix and a lot of Damon Brown.
On piano, Robin Aspland was as brilliant as I've come to expect him to be - he has technique to spare - whilst Mark Hodgson coped manfully with a double bass, the spike of which was constantly disappearing up its own spike hole, without missing a beat!
Dutch Drummer, Sebastian de Krom, never stopped swinging and soloed impressively. The ensembles, particularly in the final set, had a great, punchy sound.
The tunes? Well there was "Joyspring" by Clifford Brown, "I Mean You" by Monk, A surprising "I'm Confessin'", "I Can't Get Started", a number by Lee Morgan, an original by Steve - "415 Park Avenue" - and one by Damon, "My Deposit". Plus a few others whose titles escape me now.
This has been a good week for music, I'm pleased to say the room was crowded, and it ain't over yet!
Lance

1 comment :

David Francis said...

It really was a fantastic gig. I had a huge grin on my face all night and that takes some doing!

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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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