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Buddy Guy: "My mother said, 'You got flowers for me, give 'em to me now, because I'm not going to smell them when you put 'em on the casket'." - (DownBeat September 2018).

Marty Ashby: "I asked him what his gig was and he said 'I put the scores on the music stands'. I said, 'That's a gig?' And I realised there were four floors of guys like him, who supported some of the finest musicians in the world. But I was a jazz musician, and I was used to playing with some of the finest musicians in the world in front of the New York Public Library for tips. That's when I realised that jazz didn't have the same support system as classical music. - (DownBeat September 2018).

Today Thursday August 16

Afternoon

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

Evening

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

Bop 3 - St John’s Hall, Snod’s Edge, Shotley Bridge DH8 9TJ. 7:30pm. £15.00. Tickets from 07766 037893. First night of two. Trio - Snake Davis, Helen Watson & Dave Bowie.

Indigo Jazz Voices - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £5.00. Vocalists acc. by Joel Brown, Paul Grainger & Rob Walker.

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

Tees Hot Club w. Kevin Eland (tpt); Donna Hewitt (sax); Graham Thompson (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.

Monday, February 04, 2013

CD Review: Aruan Ortiz/Michael Janisch Quintet - Banned in London.

Greg Osby (alt); Raynald Colom (tpt); Aruan Ortiz (pno); Michael Janisch (bs); Rudy Royston (dms).
(Review by Lance).
Since settling in England, Janisch has been involved in many diverse projects - indeed Ubiquity could be his middle name!
Recorded live at Pizza Express during the 2011 London Jazz Festival Banned in London ranks alongside anything I've heard him put on disc.
Greg Osby ranks high among alto players and his solos here tell you why. Long, sinuous, swooping lines that flow seemingly endlessly no clichéd player he. Likewise French born  Barcelona based, trumpeter Colom - a new name to me - is equally outstanding. The album notes describe his music as being firmly rooted in Flamenco. Maybe, his fat, round tone does have echoes of the bullring and the fiesta as well an inherent jazz feeling. Listen to him on Monk's most rhapsodic composition Ask Me Now. Pianist Ortiz, Cuban born co-leader with Janisch of the quintet, displays his classical training with some amazing flights of fancy that many a lesser pianist would class as impossible!
Janisch himself is a tower of strength, as he always is, providing the harmonic core and, as I've said elsewhere, some of the most melodic bass playing in jazz.
Rudy Royston is perhaps at times over recorded but not enough to be obtrusive and it does let us know what an imaginative driving force he is behind the soloists.
The publicity says this was "One of the most talked about gigs at the 2011 London Jazz Festival" and, for once I believe it!
CD Asuan Ortiz/Michael Janisch Quintet - Banned in London. is currently available on Whirlwind Records. 
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.
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