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Toots Thielemans: "The basic thing is that I play the harmonica as an instrument, not a toy." (DownBeat September 23, 1953).

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Today Thursday January 17

Afternoon

Jazz

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Rd., Holystone NE27 0DA. Tel: 0191 266 6173. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Mark Williams & Joel Byrne-McCullough - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £6.00. (£3.00. student).

Tees Hot Club w. Noel Dennis (tpt); Dave Stansfield (ten sax); Dave Archbold (keys) - Dorman’s Club, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Tel: 01642 823813. 8:30pm. Free.

Maine Street Jazzmen - Sunniside Social Club, Hollywell Lane, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5NJ. Tel: 0191 488 7347. 8:30pm. Free.

New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees TS18 4AW. 8:30pm.

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

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Yarde & McCormack / Mitchell & Puente @ Gateshead Old Town Hall

Jason Yarde (alt/sop), Andrew McCormack (pno) / Robert Mitchell (pno), Omar Puente (vln/vcl).
A double duo bill that was somewhat different and quite unique inasmuch as it was a one off Jazz North East coup.
Both duos pursued their own furrows that wandered back and forth into Free, Neo-classical, improv often in the course of the same piece. Apart from Something's Coming from West Side Story and a brief snatch of Bach's Violin Concerto in D Minor both duos performed original material that gave grounds for majestic soprano playing and breath-taking alto from Jason. Andrew began with some piano string plucking fripperies before he got down to business at the keyboard. One could say 'this is a fine way to treat a Steinway' except the piano at Gateshead Old Town Hall is a Yamaha grand.
It was a good opening set.
Omar played power violin and, despite his initial grim visage, we found it belied the humour in his playing.
Robert didn't quite unleash the fire he ignited at Live Theatre or Cluny but, nevertheless, he did enough to let us know he is master of all he surveys piano-wise.
Overall though I think Omar got the nod tonight even if only because he enticed - nay ordered - the audience to their feet and had them clapping along in time (more or less) on the finale - a familiar sounding piece.
An interesting experiment.
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.
The idea of this blog is for you to share your thoughts and pass on your comments on discs, gigs, jazz - music in general. If you've been to a gig/concert or heard a CD that knocked you sideways please share your views with us. Tell us about your favourites, your memories, your dislikes.
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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