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Buddy Guy: "My mother said, 'You got flowers for me, give 'em to me now, because I'm not going to smell them when you put 'em on the casket'." - (DownBeat September 2018).

Marty Ashby: "I asked him what his gig was and he said 'I put the scores on the music stands'. I said, 'That's a gig?' And I realised there were four floors of guys like him, who supported some of the finest musicians in the world. But I was a jazz musician, and I was used to playing with some of the finest musicians in the world in front of the New York Public Library for tips. That's when I realised that jazz didn't have the same support system as classical music. - (DownBeat September 2018).

Today Thursday August 16

Afternoon

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Road, Holystone NE27 0DA. Tel: 0191 266 6173. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Maine St. Jazzmen - Sunniside Social Club, Holywell Lane, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5NJ. 8:30pm. Free. Sitters in welcome!

Bop 3 - St John’s Hall, Snod’s Edge, Shotley Bridge DH8 9TJ. 7:30pm. £15.00. Tickets from 07766 037893. First night of two. Trio - Snake Davis, Helen Watson & Dave Bowie.

Indigo Jazz Voices - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £5.00. Vocalists acc. by Joel Brown, Paul Grainger & Rob Walker.

New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees TS18 4AW. 8:30pm.

Tees Hot Club w. Kevin Eland (tpt); Donna Hewitt (sax); Graham Thompson (keys) - Dormans Club, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Tel: 01642 823813. 9pm. Free.

Jazz Jam - Fire Station, High Street West, Sunderland SR1 3DT. Tel: 0191 594 7241. 8pm. Free.

Billy's Buskers: Plug in and Play - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 7:00pm. Free.

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

Sunday, November 24, 2013

CD Review: Foreign Motion - In Flight.

Cory Wong (Guitar); Kevin Gastonguay (Keyboards); Yohannes Tona (Bass);  Petar Janjic (Drums).
(Review by Steve H)
Foreign Motion is a band formed and led by guitarist, New York native, Cory Wong. His three fellow musicians are from various parts of the globe. Pianist, Kevin  Gatonguay  hails from Minnesota. Bassist, Yohannes Tona  is from Ethiopia and drummer, Petar Janjic, from Serbia. Their diverse musical origins all help to add local colour to what is essentially a Jazz Rock/Funk/Fusion offering.
The album kicks off with the self explanatory The Funk Underground giving us a great feel for what this band is all about. Until It Falls is a mellow piano led number. The bass of Tona takes over for The U N Assembly a real funkadelic number. This is followed by Ellie, my favourite track on the album, a beautiful central melody  accompanied by some storming backing which had me leaping around the kitchen with joy. Kaleidiscope, another appropriately named song,  conjures up the multi layered effects of  its title. Drift has a gentle guitar intro and is a very elegant melodic piece. Kings, unlike its mellow predecessor, is an energetic burner with guitar, bass and drums all letting loose with gay abandon before  Gastonguay  injects some funky electronics into the mix but it is the percussion that  rules on this one. Pass The Plate is a straight ahead jazz number. Rise Above reminds me of Chic Corea’s Return to Forever group of the 70’s, Tona’s bass echoing  that of the great Stanley Clarke some 30 years ago. One is a slow soothing almost classical piece building gently and atmospherically before bowing out in an equal and opposite direction. Flee is a strident uplifting rumbustious effort. The final and title track In Flight is also the shortest piece which takes the listener out in an uptempo manner.
This debut album is thoroughly enjoyably.  The original compositions are top quality and the playing by all band members ebullient. I look forward to future offerings from this outfit and imagine they would be even better seen live
Steve H.

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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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