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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.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Take it to the Bridge at the Chilli

There are few more inviting sounds when climbing the stairs to a jazz gig (once upon a time they were always in cellars) than to hear "Body and Soul" played à la Coleman Hawkins. When that most rhapsodic of ballads has Lionel Hamptonish vibes intertwining with the tenor it's a fair bet you're going to stay.
John Rowlands was the tenor player and Laurie Brown the hot malleteer; a great sound despite the lack of a piano.
However, after "Barbados" and "Anthropology" had moved the band into bebop territory, In Walked Bud (actually Chris Finch) who holds down the piano chair with Budvivar (and recently added a few comments to this site). Chris plugged the rhythmic and harmonic hole nicely as well as taking some succinct solos on whatever chart was put in front of him.
For the second set, Mick Danby played bass and thus enabled Barry to move on to piano whilst Ian Forbes, replaced Eric Stutt on drums before making way for Laurie who forsook his vibes for a couple of numbers on drums before returning to vibes to allow Eric to get back on drums. Confused? I bet you are! As a matter of interest, Laurie played a snare drum he has used for 50 years. It dates back to his days with the Squads!
Through it all, Dave blew trumpet and sang in his inimitable style - particularly on "Don't Get Around Much Anymore" or, as someone once referred to it, - "Don't Get My Round in Any More."
The exclusive coterie of fans were appreciative.
Lance

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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.)
Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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