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Bebop Spoken There

Richard Rodney Bennett: "I have to will myself into symphonic music, but jazz - I just jump joyfully in." - (Crescendo, July 1982).
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Laura Jurd “I’ve been making things up on the piano for as long as I can remember.” – (Jazzwise February 2015).

Today Sunday February 1

Afternoon
MUSICIANS UNLIMITED BIG BAND - Park Inn, Park Rd., Hartlepool TS26 9HU. Free. 1pm.
Long established big band session on Teesside
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BRADLEY JOHNSTON (solo guitar) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 2AE. 0191 2399924. 1pm.
Quality food and great solo jazz.
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SMOKIN' SPITFIRES - - The Cluny, Lime St., Ouseburn, Newcastle. 12.30pm. £6.50.
Charity fundraiser for the Bubble Foundation.
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WHIPLASH - Tyneside Cinema, Pilgrim St., Newcastle NE1
Much publicised film about an aspiring drummer and his tyrant of a teacher. More details.
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COMBO GIG - The Forum, Darlington. 5.30pm - Band 6pm.
Back on Feb 8 .
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MORE JAM - The Globe, Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 3pm. Free.
C'mon and blow! Monthly, Back on Feb. 22.
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? - Saltburn Conservative Club, Saltburn by the Sea. 2-5pm. £3.
New Sunday afternoon venture down in sunny Saltburn. Also happy hour 3pm-5pm beer/lager £2 a pint!
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AM JAM - The Globe, Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 3pm.
The AM (amateur) may attract the less talented and deter the more discerning listener. Hopefully not and should instead be regarded as a chance to spot and encourage the stars of the future. Monthly, back Feb. 8.
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Evening.
VIEUX CARRE JAZZMEN - Red House Pub and Farm, Hepscott Dr., Whitley Bay NE25 9XJ.
Monthly - Tonight's the night!.
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No gig this week - Bridge Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle NE1 1RQ. £6. 8pm.
Back on Feb. 22 w. PAUL BAXTER BAND.
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MAINE STREET JAZZMEN - Seaton Sluice Social Club. 8pm. £3.
Monthly - back in February!
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Black Bull, Bridge St., Blaydon NE21 4JJ. 8pm £5.
Back March 15, 2015 with SSBB!.

Saturday, March 02, 2013

Great North Big Band Jazz Festival @ North Shore. March 1, 2013

(Review by Russell).
The curtain-raiser to the tenth annual Great North Big Band Jazz Festival featured a new name as guest performer and competition adjudicator – multi reeds virtuoso Pete Long. A star-studded quintet led by Paul Jones (alto) and Long (clarinet) breezed through a selection of tried and tested numbers. 
Opening with Cherokee at quite a lick introduced the rhythm section; Colin Haikney (keyboards), Neil Harland (electric bass) and drummer Adrian Tilbrook. Stone Fox Chase (the theme tune of the Old Grey Whistle Test) worked well in showing off Long’s command of his instrument. Altoist Jones, an alumni of the County Durham Youth Big Band, blew vigorously and the tunes flew by including Creole Love Call, a Chick Corea number and a Rollins’ calypso. 
The second half of the evening featured the fearless young composer James Hamilton working with a hand-picked festival big band. One and a bit rehearsals over recent weeks (snow drifts made things difficult) was scarcely time to get acquainted, let alone knock into shape a big band and produce a concert performance. Hamilton was able to draw upon senior professionals to join the sections of promising young players from the north east of England; Bill Watson (festival organiser), Gordon Marshall and Thomas Hill* ensured that the trumpet section was up to snuff, pianist Colin Haikney stayed on and the talented Dave Mckeague held down the drum chair. The purpose of this endeavour was to highlight the talented stars of tomorrow. The genial Hamilton spoke warmly of his charges and gave every encouragement to stand up and take a solo. All the more impressive that four pieces were compositions from the pen of the bandleader. 
A newly commissioned piece - Open Season - put the band through its paces and none flagged. To think that the seasoned pros were once in the position of these aspiring young musicians, generations apart but together in music. Fantastic! Bill Watson took the baton and called up Jones and Long together with Neil Harland to join the band to run through a few standards. Where is the Love? featured Susie Roberts (alto) and James Burchmore (tenor) and the young duo went for it. The select audience sensed this was their big moment and the applause afforded these young musicians typified what this event is all about. 
The concert ended in rabble rousing fashion with C Jam Blues on which everyone got the chance to blow (Pete Long briefly grabbed a flugelhorn!). A great start to the weekend. Saturday and Sunday is when the competition proper gets under way with workshops for the early birds and prize winning big band performances from around midday ‘til late. Literally hundreds of young musicians will play across the weekend. If you’re in the area call in to North Shore (Sunderland University’s Students’ Union) on Charles Street in Sunderland – you’re in for a treat!                
Russell.
County Durham trumpeter Thomas Hill has won a place at Leeds College of Music. Hill can be heard on the local scene standing in the trumpet section of any number of bands - and you can’t mistake him, he takes after Maynard Ferguson and frequently tries to take the roof off! Congratulations Thomas and good luck.

1 comment :

  1. Good to meet you Russell. I and my 2 friends also enjoyed the night. They had not previously been to the festival and liked it. I hope they will return with me next year
    Elaine

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