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Michael Feinstein: “Fred Astaire is my favorite singer. To me, he was the perfect interpreter of American popular song.” – (Jazz Times December 2014).

Bud Shank: “Once I saw California – that was it, I stayed.” – (Jazz Journal May 1991)

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Today Saturday February 25

Afternoon

Tees Valley Jazzmen - Devonport Hotel, 16-18 The Front, Middleton One Row, Darlington DL2 1AS. 01325 332255. 1:30pm. Free.

Evening

Bradley Johnston (Solo guitar) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 7:30pm. No cover charge.

Redemption - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8pm. £5.

Rendezvous Jazz/ Levee Ramblers NOJB 'At the Jazz Band Ball 2' - The Exchange, Howard St., North Shields NE30 1SE. 7:30pm. £10/£8.50.

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Monday, February 03, 2014

Ant Law Quartet @ The Bridge Hotel. February 2













Ant Law (guitar), Michael Chillingworth (alto saxophone, clarinet & bass clarinet), Tom Farmer (double bass) & James Maddren (drums)
(Review by Russell/Photos by Ken Drew)
A return visit to the Bridge by the Ant Law Quartet. In 2013 guitarist Ant Law’s Newcastle debut made a big impression and with the same line-up of the best of British new wave jazz talent on show this was an eagerly anticipated return gig. This Splinter at the Bridge gig, in association with Jazz North East, attracted the regular first name punters.
Sporting a beautiful Gibson (335?), Law chose to play seated, by no means adopting a front man persona. His band mates contributed in equal measure. Reeds man Michael Chillingworth switched frequently between alto sax (Conn Underslung), clarinet and bass clarinet, alto perhaps his most effective instrument. In demand bassist Tom Farmer, another undemonstrative type, anchored the quartet with a swing time feel in his back pocket and drummer James Maddren could work eight nights a week so in demand are his services.
The first set had a reserved if not downbeat feel. The playing immaculate, the fireworks were kept under lock and key. The intricate interplay mesmerised; big Tal Farlow-like chord stretches, locked-on unison lines between Law and Chillingworth under the watchful eye of Farmer and the ever responsive Maddren.
Second set, things opened up a little. Triviaphobia took flight; a perfectly conceived guitar solo, reeds likewise and the rhythm makers – Farmer and Maddren – nailed on. Two compositions, back to back, formed the centerpiece of the evening, the latter – Parallel People – heard all four musicians pushing it to the limit.
The Ant Law Quartet should be heard by all and sundry. If you weren’t at the Bridge Hotel then get to the Lit and Phil pronto. The guys are there this Monday lunchtime (Monday February 3), 1:10 pm start, £4.00. at the door. Highly recommended.                      
Russell.

1 comment :

  1. What brilliant photos on this post. I think this gives the 'feel' of the gig, even though I wasn't there, I was at a folk club at the time I must confess.

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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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