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Joey Calderazzo: "Playing the standard repertoire is a pretty good barometer of where one is as a jazz musician" - (DownBeat January 2019).

Tuesday December 18

Afternoon

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

Evening

Gala Big Band - Gala Theatre & Cinema, Millennium Place, Durham DH1 1WA. Tel: 03000 266 600. 7:30pm. £10.00. & £8.00. ‘The Gala Big Band Does Christmas’. SOLD OUT!

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

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Don Forbes' Safe Sextet @ The Star Inn + Jam Session(ish) July 10.

Don Forbes (tpt); Paul Gowland (alt); John Rowland (ten); Peter Gilligan (pno); Paul Grainger (bs); David Francis (dms). + John Pope (bs); Peter Ninnim (dms).
(Review by Lance)
Opening with One by One it soon became apparent that the "Safe Sextet" were playing anything but safe going for the jugular right from the start. The front line fire, well stoked by the power drive of Gilligan, Grainger and dep drummer Francis, became an inferno when they took Horace Silver's amusing classic Quicksilver even quicker. Previously the calypso rhythm of McCoy Tyner's Island Birdie had proved infectious - man I was almost in Trinidad!
Strangely, this is a sitting down band with only John Rowland standing up for some gutsy tenor solos. Sitting or standing Paul Gowland does the business and leader Forbes' trumpet licks are well versed in the hard bop idiom. On keys Pete Gilligan kept the flame burning and, along with Francis and Grainger, they were a match made in Birdland.
Indeed, had this been 1952, Blue Note would have snapped them up.
After the break, John Pope and Peter Ninnim sat in at a Moments Notice - to quote the first tune. Other numbers included the Emcee Five's The One That Got Away; Come Rain or Come Shine and Soon. Mike Papapavlou looked in to say farewell to the many friends he's made (Mike sends his apologies to Russell for not making it to the Chilli owing to family commitments). Mike didn't play but it was good to see him and to wish him well in New York.
A splendid evening
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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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.)
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