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Bebop Spoken There

Bill Russo: "The use of valve trombones instead of slide trombones in the jazz orchestra would solve a great many ensemble problems" - (Melody Maker December 31, 1955). From Colin Aitchison's amazing collection).

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Courtney Pine: “I haven’t really played the tenor for 11 years now.” – (Jazzwise March 2015).

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Today Sunday August 30.

Afternoon
Dean Stockdale - Vermont Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle NE1 1RQ. Tel: 0191 233 1010. 2pm- 5pm. Check with hotel for times then check again!
Ralph Keeley (solo piano) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 12.30pm. 0191 2399924.
Stanley Blues Festival - Oakey Park, Stanley. DH 9. 12 noon. Free. All-day festival returns – at a new venue – after an eight-year hiatus. Line-up includes Paul Lamb & the King Snakes, the King Bees, No Time For Jive, Struggle Buggy, Johnny Dickinson. Mitch Laddie.
Evening.
Maine Street Jazzmen - Seaton Sluice Social Club. 8:00pm. £3.00.
Mississippi Dreamboats - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7pm (doors). £5.
Pocket Jazz Orchestra - Brasserie 13, Windward Way, Middlesbrough TS2 1QG. 01642 261166. 7.30pm. Free.

Saturday, March 02, 2013

CD Review: Dave Lalama Big Band - The Hofstra Project

Dave Pietro (alt/sop/fl); Jonathon Holford (alt); Ralph Lalama, John Marshall (ten); Jeff Lange (bar). Leon Petruzzi, Mike Rubenstein, Mike Carubia, Glenn Drewes or Nathan Warner (tpt/flug); John Mosca, Brent Chiorella, Joey Devassy, (tmb) Justin Camito (bs tmb.); Dave Lalama (pno); Pete Coco (bs); Tony Tedesco (dms).
(Review by Lance.)
Track Listing: Full House; Where Are You; No Evidence; Duke Ellington's Sound Of Love; Inner Urge; Pent-Up House; Moody's Mood For Love; St. Thelonious; Tricotism; The Song Isn't You; The Peacocks; Blues For...; Evansville.
Wow! A shouting big band that really roars - dig the opening track, Full House. Lange's baritone, Holford's alto and the tenors of Marshall and Ralph Lalama stretch out solowise on top of some of the swingingest sounds since Woody Herman. By contrast, Where Are You? is laid back, poignant and emotional with Carubia's trumpet telling a heartfelt tale of lost love. A theme expanded by Mosca on trombone, Pietro's soprano and the leaders piano. 
Listen to the saxes on Moody's Mood For Love or Drewes trumpet solo on the same or, better still, go here for an audio preview and a run down on each track by the leader Dave Lalama.
The Hofstra Project refers to Hofstra University based on Long Island, New York the seat of learning that Dave Lalama has been associated with for many years. The band comprises Hofstra alumni, faculty and guest artists, all having "no degree of separation" from the university.
Another contender!
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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