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Gene Ramey: "McShann stomped off at a fast tempo. This wasn't one of those slow-trains-through-Arkansas tempos, this was like that train between Chicago and Milwaukee. I mean fast." - (Stanley Crouch: Kansas City Lightning - The Rise and Times of Charlie Parker. Pub. Harper Collins 2013).

Dana Hall: "My philosophy is that everyone in the band is a drummer." - (DownBeat November 2018.)

Today Tuesday October 23

Afternoon

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

Evening

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

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

CD Review: Colorado Conservatory For the Jazz Artist - Hang Time

Group Giz:  Kyle Bollacker (bs); Stephen Chen (alt0; Garrett Bodley (ten); Michael Lenssen, Christopher Navarrete (tpt); Robert Delgardo (dms); Zack Demos (tmb); Carlos Snaider (gtr).
Group Gunn: Molly Sauer (tpt); Daryl Gott (alt); Danny Meyer (ten0; Mark Clifford (vbs); Jake Alvarez (gtr); Patrick McDevitt (bs); Alejandro Castano (dms).
(Review by Lance)
Two groups based at the Colorado Conservatory for the Jazz Arts offer a taste of the Jazz Future and, it has to be said, based on this CD the future looks good.
Or does it?
Musicians of similar calibre are rolling off production lines all over the world and this is but one state in the USA and there are another 49 of them! Add the number of great musicians rolling out of Newcastle, Manchester, Leeds, Doncaster, London and many other of our major cities and the question marks arise. Think Europe, Asia and Australia then the numbers become astronomical. Yet the gigs and venues aren't increasing in proportion. My hope is that those guys who don't quite make it become promoters, agents, open jazz clubs, concert halls or places where jazz can be heard!
Having said that, the musicians on this disc are superb. 
The two ensembles are mentored by Greg Gisbert, a widely admired trumpet player associated with many albums, and Eric Gunnison, a pianist who's worked with Carmen McRae and the Dizzy Gillespie all-Star Big Band.
Both groups cover a multi genre program - swing, bop, post bop, funk, Latin and one or two more.
It's a disc to listen to over and over again to catch all the nuances of these young players.
The foot note to the release says "Yet more hard evidence that jazz is still issuing a siren' call to young players, and that the music remains brimming with promise."
I agree with most of that. Young musicians are drawn to the challenges and ultimate satisfaction of playing jazz. Sadly, the non playing youngsters are less enthusiastic. That's the challenge - to encourage young people who don't play to listen to those that do play.
The CD: Colorado Conservatory For the Jazz Artist - Hang Time ia available now on Capri Records.
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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