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Bebop Spoken There

Carla Bley: “Have I ever been pelted? Oh yeah, I've been pelted. In France it was tomatoes, in Italy it was cans and apricot pits or half eaten peaches. That doesn't bother me. I had played the Italian national anthem and was just being irreverent.”(DownBeat August, 1984).
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Bryan Ferry: “Even when I was at school, I used to work in the tailor’s shop on the high street to get my pocket money and I would spend it on records – usually at Windows of the Arcade in Newcastle – or going to the New Orleans Jazz Club.” – (The Journal Culture May 2015).

Today Tuesday May 5

Afternoon.
ADVANCED JAZZ GUITAR - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 5pm. £15.
Fortnightly course - Back May 12.
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RENDEZVOUS JAZZ - Red Lion, 1 Front St., Earsdon NE25 9JU. 1pm. 0191 2532318.
New trad venue - monthly - Back on May 12.
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Evening.
CHARLES GORDON/KEN HEWITT DUO - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Newcastle. 9 (8.30pm?) - 11pm. Free.
New regular Tuesday night with Charles on keys, Ken on ten/sop.
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GAVIN LEE's DIXIELAND JAZZ BAND - New Inn, 29 Church St., Durham. DH1 3DN. 9pm. Free.
Gavin's bands are always interesting and this is well worth the trip.
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PLAY MORE JAZZ - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7.30pm. £15.
Weekly workshop.
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CUSTOMS HOUSE BIG BAND - New Crown Hotel, Mowbray Rd., South Shields. 7.30pm. Free.
Open rehearsal/concert by top big band. The beer's good and the band even better! Monthly - Tonight's the night!
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JAM SESSION - Jazz Café, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5SG. 8pm. Free.
Come and jam with Peter Gilligan, Paul Grainger & Paul Wight. First and third Tuesdays - Tonight's the night!
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HENRY'S SWING CLUB - Brandling Villa, South Gosforth. 8.30pm. Free.
Monthly Blues - Tonight's the night!
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MAINE ST. JAZZMEN - British Legion, West Jesmond (nr. Metro Station). 8:30pm. £5.
Now a monthly session (again!) Back on May 26
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IMPROV WORKSHOP- Jazz Café, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5SG. 8pm. Free.
Monthly. Back on Thursday May 14 - This month only.

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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