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Piers Paul Read: "Bruce Reynolds and Biggs shared an interest in Sex, Jazz and Hemingway." - (The Train Robbers by Piers Paul Read, Coronet Books 1979.)

George Shearing: "Speaking about Johann Sebastian Bach I think he'd be a real jazzer if he were alive today. I mean any man who has two wives, twenty kids, gets kicked out of the church for being too harmonically radical and drinks beer can't be all wrong can he?" - (Crescendo March 1984.)

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Today Thursday July 19

Afternoon

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

Evening

Maine St. Jazzmen - Sunniside Social Club, Holywell Lane, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5NJ. 8:30pm. Free.

Alexys de Alfaro: Guitar Dreams with Coco Vega - Prohibition Bar, Arch 3, Brandling Street, Gateshead NE8 2BA. Doors 7:00pm. A ‘jar on the bar’ gig. Guitar & percussion.

Alter Ego - St James’ & St Basil’s Church, Fenham Hall Drive, Newcastle NE4 9EJ. 7:30pm. £10.00.

Jesse Bannister Quartet - Jazz Café, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 8:00pm. £10.00. (£8.00. concs.). JNE.

Northern Monkey Brass Band - Jubilee Park, Spennymoor DL16. 6:00-9:00pm. Free. Big BRASS Bash (Durham Brass Festival).

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

Tees Hot Club w. Donna Hewitt (alto); Josh Bentham (tenor); Dave Archbaid (keys) - Dormans Club, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Tel: 01642 823813. 9pm. Free.

Jazz Jam - Fire Station, High Street West, Sunderland SR1 3DT. Tel: 0191 594 7241. 8pm. Free.

Billy's Buskers: Plug in and Play - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 7:00pm. Free.

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

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

CD Review: So Many Reasons Gerry Richardson’s Big Idea


Gerry Richardson (keyboards & vocals); Dave Hignett & Mark Webb (trumpets); Garry Linsley (alto & tenor saxophones); Stuart Johnson (tenor & soprano saxophones); Sue Ferris (baritone saxophone & flute); Keith Norris & Rick Taylor (trombones); Rod Sinclair (guitar); Neil Harland (electric bass); Paul Smith (drums); Liz Corney & Lindsay Hannon (backing vocals)
(Review by Russell)
Hammond virtuoso Gerry Richardson has worked in music education for many years and his Big Idea is heard rarely in concert. So Many Reasons is the band’s follow up CD to the live recording Cookin’ at the Cluny. This new release of seven tracks arranged by the bandleader features the addition of versatile bassist Neil Harland and backing vocalists  Lindsay Hannon and Liz Corney. The line-up boasts an array of accomplished soloists and Richardson is more than happy to put them in the spotlight. 
Altoist Garry Linsley steps up on the opening track So Many Reasons to set the tone; soul jazz anchored by Paul Smith’s metronomic drum patterns and the impressive backing vocals of Corney and Hannon. Rick Taylor makes a guest appearance on trombone and contributes some skanking work on Ska Odyssey. Sue Ferris, a fixture in the band’s reed section, impresses as flautist on Song of the Ferris. 
Two covers - Gil Scott-Heron’s Lady Day and John Coltrane and Donald Fagen’s What I Do - have been in the pad for some time and it is good to hear them committed to CD. Tight arrangements highlight excellent ensemble work and concise solo statements (Richardson, Ferris and guitarist Rod Sinclair on the former, Richardson at the piano on the latter). The down beat feel is exemplified on One Door Closes and Another Slams in Your Face with Linsley (alto) and guitarist Sinclair laying down effective solos. The closing number - Between You and Me – features the self-effacing Richardson on Hammond and vocals. The Big Idea CD launch gig at the Sage Gateshead was an unqualified success and fans of the band will need little persuasion that they should obtain a copy of So Many Reasons at the earliest opportunity. So Many Reasons (BIO1) is available from www.gerryrichardson.com  
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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