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Today Sunday October 22

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

Gerry Richardson's Big Idea - Hoochie Coochie, 54 Pilgrim St., Newcastle NE1 6SF. 5:00pm. FREE!

Blues @ The Bay - Tanner Smith's, 17-19 South Parade, Whitley Bay NE26 2RE, 0191 2525941. 4pm. Blues Jam w. Scott Wall & Charlie Philp.

Musicians Unlimited - Park Hotel, Park Rd., Hartlepool TS26 9HU. 01249 233126.1pm. Free.

Somethin' Blue - Vesuvio, 3a Houndgate, Darlington DL1 5RL. 01325 788564. 5pm. Weekly.
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Evening

Vasilis Xenopoulos & Nigel Price w Paul Edis Trio - Black Bull, Bridge St., Blaydon NE21 4JJ. 8:00pm. £10.

Smokin' Mat Partner - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.

Groove-a-matics - Sour Grapes, Newgate Street, Morpeth NE61 1BU. Tel: 01670 519069. 8:30pm. Free. Johnny Whitehill, Mick Cantwell…none better!

Jazz Jam - Empty Shop, 35c Framwellgate Bridge, Durham DH1 3NJ. 7:30pm. Free.

Body and Soul - Quakerhouse, Mechanics’ Yard, Darlington DL3 7QF. 6:00pm. £5.00. Line-up: Richie Emmerson (tenor), Kevin Eland (trumpet & flugelhorn), Rick Laughlin (keys), Phil Laughlin (bass) & Stuie Ellerton (drums).

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

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Convergence Quartet @ The Lit & Phil, Newcastle.

Taylor Ho Bynum (cornet), Alexander Hawkins (piano), Dom Lash (double bass) & Harris Eisenstadt (drums)
The Convergence Quartet first played Newcastle some four years ago. This return visit was, for some, an eagerly anticipated event. North Americans Taylor Ho Bynum (a disciple of Anthony Braxton) and Canadian drummer Harris Eisenstadt met up once more with Brits Alexander Hawkins (piano) and bassist Dom Lash.
Sheet music littered the Lit and Phil's music room, music stands taking the strain under reams of paper. Structured sections formed the basis from which improvisations developed. And what improvisations they were! Bynum, a masterful brass player, incorporated so many elements, so many influences in his playing; the free players - Bill Dixon, Don Cherry certainly, Miles, Dizzy, Clifford without question, then there was Louis and King Oliver. Harmon and plunger mutes were used to great effect. Crescent City slurs and growls gave way to Cool School Miles and on to today (the sound of Taylor Ho Bynum).
Pianist Hawkins, from a classical background, possesses flawless technique and he too gave a brilliant display. Twentieth century contemporary lyricism soon gave way to fierce bop lines of which Bud Powell would have been proud. The music was of the highest order, the playing sincere and impassioned.
Drummer Harris Eisenstadt, a master musician of quiet demeanour, listened intently to his compatriots on the stand, responding to and frequently initiating a change of direction as the music developed.
Double bassist Dom Lash worked as an equal partner in the quartet pulling it this way then that. All four swung mightily at times not least on a powerful blues to conclude a gig that will be recalled fondly in years to come by those fortunate to be present.
The concert was a Jazz North East presentation assisted by the good offices of the Literary and Philosophical Library. The next concert at the venue brings together two of the greats of the free jazz world. American saxophonist and pianist Charles Gayle will be in the company of Dutch percussion master Han Bennink on Friday 18th November (8:00 pm). It promises to be a great occasion.
Russell.

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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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