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Bebop Spoken There

Cannonball Adderley : "Ornette Coleman is an innovator of the first water. But he is certainly no messiah". - (DownBeat May 26, 1960).
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Randy Brecker: “He [Horace Silver] saved every receipt, and he didn’t pay much; by the end of the week we usually ended up owing him money.” – (Jazz Times March 2015).

Today Saturday March 28.

Afternoon.
- Darlington New Orleans Jazz Club - St. Augustine's, Larchfield St.., Darlington DL3 7TG. 12.30pm. £10.
Classic Jazz. Monthly - Back April 5
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BRUSH UP YOUR LINDY HOP & CHARLESTON - St Mary's Heritage Centre, Oakwellgate, Gateshead NE8 2AU. 1pm. £5.
A Lindy Jazz workshop.
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PLAY JAZZ WORKSHOP - Sage Gateshead. 2pm. £19/£17.
Players of all instruments and levels learn from the masters.First Saturday in the month - Back April 5.
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Evening
STEVE GLENDINNING & PAUL GRAINGER - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 9pm. Free.
Guitar and bass duo - nice one...
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JAZZ MACHINE - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8pm. £5.
Globe debut for Pepe Greenaway's hard driving band.
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JAMES HARRISON (Solo piano) - Cherry Tree, 9 Osborne Rd, Jesmond NE2 2AE. 0191 2399924. 7.30pm.
Quality food and music.
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RAY DALES (solo sax) - Hillcarter Hotel , 31 Church St, Hartlepool, TS24 7DH,
Start 7.30pm free admission further details tel. 01429 855800.
New weekly venture down Teesside way.
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STRICTLY SPEAKEASY - St Mary's Heritage Centre, Oakwellgate, Gateshead NE8 2AU. 8pm. £8.
Spring Swing Social.
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RAY STUBBS R 'n' B ALL-STARS - The Schooner, Gateshead. 8.30pm. Free.
Back of Gateshead Stadium Blues Down by the Riverside.
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SINATRA & FRIENDS - Darlington Civic Theatre, Parkgate, Darlington DL1 1RR. 7.30pm. £26/£24.
Stephen Triffitt in the title roll celebrating the great man's centenary.
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RUBY TURNER - Arc, Dovecote St., Stockton TS18 1LL. £18.50. 01642 525199.
The Soul Queen tour continues.
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RENDEZVOUS JAZZ - Sandpiper, Cullercoats. 8.30pm £3.
Monthly session featuring Maureen Hall and like minded stompers. Back April 5.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

CD Review - Kekko Fornarelli Trio: Kube Room of Mirrors.

Kekko Fornarelli (pno. Rhodes. Sunth); Luca Bulgarelli (bs); Gianlivio Liberti (dms).
Inspired by the late Swedish pianist, Esbjorn Svensson, Kube Room of Mirrors is Italian pianist Fornarelli's attempt, and I quote, to draw jazz out of the narrow circuit of its appreciators, bringing it to the general audience.
Whether he will achieve this in today's pop cultured musical climate is debatable. However, what is beyond discussion is the man's talent both as a pianist and composer. I'm not normally susceptible to a program of undiluted originals but this is as compelling a piano trio disc as I've heard for many a long 32 bars. The moods are absolutely enthralling ranging from, exploratory probing - seeking out exactly the right harmonic progression before building up for the big finish - to straight ahead contemporary jazz and the many nuances in between. These include Debussy-like passages that are integral to the flow rather than thrown in for mere effect and a measured use of Synthesizer.
Above all, this is a trio with all of the component parts contributing.at the highest level. Bass and drums are outstanding giving Fornarelli the stimulus and impetus for his improvisations whilst creating their own texture and colour to the musical canvas.
If you were/are into EST or Brad Mehldau this CD should appeal. Check out this sample.
Lance.
Kekko Fornarelli performs on May 16 at the Italian Cultural Institute in London (39 Belgrave Square, London SW1X 8NX). It would be nice to hear him in other parts of the UK.
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Kekko Fornarelli - Kube Room of Mirrors (Auand Records, LC 24354)

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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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