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Robert Plant: "The only reunion we [Led Zeppelin] are likely to have is in a chip shop in Camden Town" - (i July 7).

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Roland Kirk: "A person can't appreciate freedom unless he's been in prison." - (Down Beat May 18, 1967).

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Today Tuesday July 17

Afternoon

Classic Swing - The Ship, Front St., Monkseaton NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free.

Evening

Northern Monkey Brass Band - Glenholme Park, New Road, Crook DL15 8LN. 6:00-9:00pm. Free. Big BRASS Bash (Durham Brass Festival).

Jam session - Jazz Café, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 8:00pm. Free. House trio: Steve Glendinning, Paul Grainger, Rob Walker.

Francis Tulip Quartet - Fox Inn, West End Terrace, Hexham NE46 3DB. Tel: 01434 603681. 8:30pm. Free (donations).

Reel Brass + Shake ‘Em Up Brass Band - Lanchester, Co. Durham DH7. 6:00-9:00pm. Free. Town centre street performance. Durham Brass Festival (Street Ceilidh).

Hokum Hotshots - Royal Northumberland Yacht Club, South Harbour, Blyth NE24 3PB. 7:00pm. £10.00.

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

Sunday, May 05, 2013

Tim Kliphuis Trio - The Gypsy Seasons @ The Sage. May 4, 2013

Tim Kliphuis (violin), Nigel Clark (guitar) & Roy Percy (double bass)
(Review by Russell)
The Sage Gateshead’s Fiddles on Fire publicity stated the whole building comes alive with fiddle music representing a huge variety of styles and traditions. The festival’s opening concert featured the north east’s own world class orchestra - the Northern Sinfonia led by fiddler Bradley Creswick - followed by a whistle stop weekend circumnavigation of the fiddler’s globe. Performances and workshops claimed every available space throughout the Sage leaving little room for the exercising of a fiddler’s elbow! Musical postcards arrived from Asia, the Americas, Scandinavia, Europe and the Celtic nations.
Violinist Tim Kliphuis arrived in Gateshead minus his luggage. The Dutchman believed his suitcase was stuck on a ceilidh carousel at Schiphol Airport going round and round and round (waltz time?) longing to be partnered by a frantic fiddler. With a number of festival commitments to fulfill - concerts and workshops - Kliphuis went shopping for a shirt. Tyneside is a shopper’s paradise (the Sage knows you Shop Til You Bop) and the violin virtuoso looked half-way presentable when he took to the stage in the Northern Rock Foundation Hall for a late night gig with regular British buddies Nigel Clark (guitar) and double bassist Roy Percy.
In forty five minutes (plus encore) the trio’s musical passports were stamped many times in far-off lands. The three of them stood together in close proximity (covering little more than a postage stamp) creating an intimacy illuminated by a single spotlight. Amplification was minimal (Clark and Percy), the objective being to achieve clarity of sound (New Orleans’ clarinetist Evan Christopher performed similarly in Hall Two a few years ago).
Dazzling string playing from Kliphuis (the acoustic Kliphuis) and Clark on Fats Waller’s Honeysuckle Rose set the jazz bar at world record heights. The great jazz violinists (Kliphuis, Djangologie’s Emma Fisk, Stephane Grappelli) share one thing in common - they do it with élan. It must be a visual thing. The Nearness of You maintained the American jazz groove until Vivaldi intervened and then we were off to South America to interpret Astor’s Dream (comp.Kliphuis). Nordic lands beckoned (Grieg’s Peer Gynt), the irresistible sweep of Aaron Copland’s North American canvas had the late-night audience stompin’ at a hoe down (Percy’s darn-good slap-bass) then, to catch our collective breath, the European classical cannon imposed a welcome stillness close to midnight.                               
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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