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Piers Paul Read: "Bruce Reynolds and Biggs shared an interest in Sex, Jazz and Hemingway." - (The Train Robbers by Piers Paul Read, Coronet Books 1979.)

George Shearing: "Speaking about Johann Sebastian Bach I think he'd be a real jazzer if he were alive today. I mean any man who has two wives, twenty kids, gets kicked out of the church for being too harmonically radical and drinks beer can't be all wrong can he?" - (Crescendo March 1984.)

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Lance

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Today Friday July 20

Happy Birthdays to - Brian Chester, Paul Grainger, Emma Frampton.
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Afternoon

Rendezvous Jazz - Monkseaton Arms, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. Tel: 0191 251 3928. 1:00pm. Free.

Greg Abate with Paul Edis (duo set) - Gala Theatre, Millennium Place, Durham DH1 1WA. Tel: 03000 266 600. 1:00pm. £5.00.

Little Mo Trio - SummerTyne Americana Festival, Sage Gateshead NE8 2JR. 3:00pm. Free. Jumpin’ Hot Club Stage (outdoor, Performance Square). Full Americana program.

Evening

Greg Abate with Paul Edis Trio - Jazz Café, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 8:00pm. £10.00. & £8.00. JNE.

Zoë Gilby & Alan Law: Beatles Bossa and Beyond - National Glass Centre, Liberty Way, Sunderland SR6 0GL. Tel: 0191 568 9700. 7:30pm. £27.50. (welcome drink, 3-course meal, booking essential).

Northern Monkey Brass Band - Town Park, Burn Lane, Newton Aycliffe DL5 4NP. 6:00-9:00pm. Free. Big BRASS Bash (Durham Brass Festival).

Big BRASS Bash - Town Park, Aycliffe. 6:00-9:00pm. Free. Durham Brass Festival.

Somethin’ Blue - Houndgate Townhouse, 11 Houndgate, Darlington DL1 5RF. 7:30pm. Matt Case (saxophone) & Mike Hepple (guitar). First Friday in month residency.

Lounge Lizards - St. Mary & St. Patrick's Church, Lambley (nr. Haltwhistle), Northumberland CA8 7LQ. 7:30pm. £5.

Stax Brothers - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7pm.

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

Thursday, September 05, 2013

CD Preview: Blue Touch Paper ‘Drawing Breath’

Release Date: 14 October Label: Provocateur Records
Colin Towns (Mask Orchestra): composer, keyboards; Mark Lockheart (Polar Bear, Loose Tubes) saxophones; Chris Montague (Troyka, Kit Downes) guitars; Benny Greb (Stoppok, Ron Spielman) drums; Stephan Maass  (Kruder & Dorfmeister, Randy Brecker) percussion & electronics; Edward Maclean (Peter Fox, Nils Wülker) bass.
Blue Touch Paper will be live at the Vortex on 24th February 2014 as part of a full UK tour (dates to be announced)
Two years in the making, with more that 60 demo tracks recorded, Drawing Breath is the highly anticipated follow up to Blue Touch Paper’s debut album ‘Stand Well Back’ – an album warmly received by the press and the subject of some stunning reviews. Continuing the Blue Touch Paper soundscape, Drawing Breath once again demonstrates an adventurous, visionary and powerful way forward, something we have come to expect from band-leader Colin Towns. Although the trademark cinematic moments, elements of jazz, rock and classical music are present as they were on ‘Stand Well Back’, Drawing Breath demonstrates a developing energy within the band, with powerful compositions that continue to push the band forward both technically and creatively. This is a remarkably textured album too, full of unexpected turns and contrasting moments of terrific energy and stillness that is quite breathtaking. With a nod to his work in the theatre (he has worked extensively with Royal Shakespeare Company’s Terry Hands), Towns has also produced an animated film that accompanies the track ‘Fair is Foul’, by animator Michael Tang based on the witches from Shakespeare’s Macbeth (see link below).
 “Towns’ music is a rich brew of Miles Davis-like funk, minimalistic energy and gleeful piano vampsThe Telegraph
One of the most original jazz and crossover composers in EuropeThe Guardian
“…catchy hooks, knotty rhythms and moodscapes…Mojo
ABOUT COLIN TOWNS
Colin Towns is one of the UK’s most talented composers and musicians and is prolific not only in the world of jazz, but also that of film and TV composition. Vastly underrated in his home country, much of his work has taken him to Europe, where he enjoys enormous success. Best known in the UK as the composer for the highly successful Doc Martin TV series, his CV is a staggering list of achievements, from his early days in Gillan to his many film soundtracks (The Wolves of Willoughby Chase, The Puppet Masters, Essex Boys and the now cult soundtrack to Full Circle, aka The Haunting of Julia), soundtracks for TV drama and animation (Doc Martin, Ghostboat, Cold Blood, Half Broken Things, Our Friends in the North, Fungus the Bogeyman, The Crow Road) his projects with some of Europe’s most exciting big bands (the Hamburg based NDR Bigband; Frankfurt’s HR Bigband; The Bohuslän Big Band from Sweden and Orchestra Jazz della Sardegna) and his own Mask Orchestra with whom  he has recorded 6 albums not to mention commercials, theatre productions and documentaries.
LINKS:
Blue Touch Paper - Promo - 'Drawing Breath Moments'
Blue Touch Paper – Animation for ‘Fair is Foul’

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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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