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Frank Zappa: "There was so much acid during the '60s that it was very easy for large numbers of people to think they had seen God as soon as the Beatles went boom, boom, boom, you know?." - (DownBeat May 18, 1978). – (DownBeat May 18, 1978).

Ryan Keberle: “Don't be easy on yourself when it comes to playing with perfect intonation. All other instruments will be playing with close-to-perfect intonation; the same should be expected of trombonists.'” – (DownBeat April 2018)

Today Friday March 23


Rendezvous Jazz - Monkseaton Arms, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. Tel: 0191 251 3928. 1:00pm. Free.

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


Jiannis Pavlidis Trio - Jazz Café, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 9:00pm. £8.00. (£6.00. advance).

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

Five Men No Dog - Prohibition Bar, Arch 3, Brandling Street, Gateshead NE8 2BA. 8:00pm (doors 7:00pm). A ‘jar on the bar’ admission event.

Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7pm.

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

Sunday, February 08, 2009

Eric Boeren Quartet @ Side Café (Feb 6) + Workshop @ N'cle Uni. (Feb 7). Report by Russell Corbett

A UK exclusive appearance by Eric Boeren's free jazz group in Newcastle proved to be a resounding success. The ''House Full'' signs went up yet it didn't deter the masses. Fans chose to sit on the staircase to listen rather than be turned away. Seeing the musicians is a crucial component at any gig but I think it is particularly important in an improv context - witnessing the anticipation and spontaneity of the musicians as they react to the ''instant composition'' that is free jazz.
Jazz fans who like to discern a tune would, perhaps, have been pleasantly surprised, at least in part, at what was to be heard down by the riverside. The two-set performance was book-ended by Mingus-like numbers, propelled along by the great double bassist Wilbert de Joode. In between there was Ornette Coleman,not in person, but certainly in spirit. Boeren (trumpet and cornet) captured the essence of Ornette and in tandem with the larger than life figure of reeds (and ukulele) man Sean Bergin took off in other directions. The fourth member of the outfit, a quiet, witty man with the demeanour of an institutionalised civil servant (no offence meant to those at Longbenton, I did time there myself before winning parole) was German drum maestro Paul Lovens. He and de Joode instigated ideas every bit as much as the ''front line''-a somewhat redundant term in this most democratic, creative, visceral music.
The next day, bleary eyed, it was time to move on up to the outskirts of town to participate in or simply listen to a workshop conducted by the Boeren Quartet. Newcastle University's Bennett Hogg kindly hosted the event.
Students duly arrived with instruments at the ready and despite snow flakes in the air and no heating in the institute of learning everyone was keen and willing. Two hours flew by and the students having listened and played were, I'm sure,wiser for the experience. It was nice to see familiar faces - Tenth Avenuers & the ubiquitous John Pope - at both the Friday night gig and at the Saturday morning workshop.
Jazz North East's On the Outside programme continues in the somewhat grander location of the Sage as part of the Gateshead Jazz Festival. The date for your diary is Friday March 20. It is a double bill featuring John Coxon, Pat Thomas and Mark Sanders and a debut performance by ION. Three reasons to be there...1) it will be great, 2) if you ain't heard Pat Thomas you're in for a treat, 3) ION. The recently formed local Improvisers Orchestra of the North deserve every encouragement and support.

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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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