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Artie Shaw: “I'm not interested in giving people what they want--I'm interested in making music.” – (DownBeat October 15, 1939).

Jason Marsalis: “There's so many places that this music can go and there's a lot yet to be discovered.'” – (DownBeat April 2018)

Today Sunday March 18


Musicians Unlimited - Park Inn, Park Road, Hartlepool TS26 9HU. Tel: 01429 233126. 12 noon. Free.

Jason Isaacs & the Ambassadors of Swing - Hoochie Coochie, Pilgrim Street, Newcastle NE1 6SF. Tel: 0191 222 0130. 5:30pm (doors 4:00pm). £16.00.

Revolutionaires - Tyne Bar, Maling St, Newcastle NE6 1LP. 3pm. Free.

Somethin’ Blue - Vesuvio, 3a Houndgate, Darlington DL1 5RL. 5:00pm. Tel: 01325 788564. Matt Case (saxophone) & Mike Hepple (guitar).


POSTPONED DUE TO WEATHER! Zoë Gilby Quartet - Black Bull, Bridge Street, Blaydon NE21 4JJ. 8:00pm. £5.00. Rescheduled August 19.

Alter Ego - The Globe, 11 Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £5.00.

Bradley Johnston - The Fire Station, High Street West, Sunderland SR1 3DT. Tel: 0191 594 7241. 6:00pm. Free. New weekly residency.

Gypsy Dave Smith - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

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

Thursday, June 27, 2013

CD Review: Mike Wofford - It's Personal.

Mike Wofford (solo piano).
(Review by Lance)
It's Personal is an apt title for a solo piano album. No bass player to lean on, no drummer to help you swing, no guitarist to share the harmonic load. No, there's nobody but yourself or rather, in this case, Texas born Mike Wofford.
Wofford relocated to LA in the 1960s where he worked with Chet Baker, June Christy, Art Pepper and many other of the leading West Coasters. Later he became MD for Ella Fitzgerald.
That this was a worthwhile apprenticeship is proven here where he adds to the personal touch by selecting some of his favourite jazz pieces, four originals and a couple of songbook standards.
The originals comprise It's Personal (inspired by his wife; Cole Porter (his favourite songwriter); Spin (displaying his rhythmic ingenuity) and Hines Catch-up (a tribute to Earl Hines). Other numbers include Ellington/Strayhorn's The Eighth Veil - a languid piece that conjures up evocative images inspired by the title; Johnny Carisi's Springsville; Dizzy's I Waited For You; Nica's Tempo by Gigi Gryce and Candle by guitar guru Larry Koonse. His influences are many and include Sonny Clark, Al Haig and Bill Evans.
It's an enjoyable solo excursion encompassing many moods. Hines Catch-up is particularly interesting being, in essence, an update on the first modern jazz pianist - Earl Hines.
It's Personal is one of those albums that immediately claim exclusive rights to the CD machine.
As Downbeat wrote of Wofford, "One of the outstanding pianists of our time."
Once more Capri Records have come up with the goods.
Mike Wofford - It's Personal was released June 18.

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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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