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Orrin Evans: “I’d like to see a younger audience and an audience that looks more like me at the clubs.” – (Down Beat November 2014).

Kevin Flanagan: "Besides, I'd got sick of playing jazz to people who looked like my father." - (Straight No Chaser Issue 0ne Summer 1988.)

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Today Friday August 18

Afternoon
Rendezvous Jazz - The Black Horse, Front St., Monkseaton, Whitley Bay NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free.
Levee Ramblers New Orleans Quartet - Tynemouth Metro Station, Station Tce., Tynemouth NE30 4RE. 1pm. Free.
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Evening
Kentucky Cowtippers - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.
Ray Johnson & Richard Herdman - Prohibition Bar, Arch 3, Brandling St., Gateshead NE8 2BA. 8pm.
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Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7pm.
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Thursday, February 06, 2014

CD Review: Tim Hegarty - Tributes.

Tim Hegarty (ten/sop); Kenny Barron (pno); Rufus Reed (bs); Carl Allen (dms) + Mark Sherman (vbs) on 4 tracks.
(Review by Lance)
Tim Hegarty is, or rather was, an unknown name to me. The blurb tells me he's been a force on the New York City jazz scene for some 25 years - and well he may be. Hegarty is one of those players who come up on you from left field and leave you saying, "Where have you been all my life?" This is class tenor (and soprano) playing in the best Dexter early Trane tradition perhaps even with a hint of Ike Quebec. The late Chris Yates would have described Hegarty as a "Tough Tenor" and I'm not going to argue.
Think of those 1950's Prestige, Blue Note or Riverside recordings and you've got the gist - well almost.
This is 2013 and, whilst the old values permeate his playing we have moved on and Hegarty has absorbed many of the innovations that came along over the years (and discarded a few!).
The title "Tributes" gives us a clue to the inspiration behind the album. It's an offering to all his teachers, both in person and on recording. Jimmy Heath, George Coleman, Coltrane, Monk, Frank Foster, Dexter, Sonny, Ben Webster, Michael Brecker and Bird. 
He learned well and who knows but that in a retrospective parallel universe (if that makes sense!) his teachers could now be learning from him! 
If you want just one track Pannonica is the icing.
Now I must apologise for neglect. Hegarty is superb but equally magnificent are Kenny Barron (is he ever otherwise?) on piano. Rufus Reed - no better foundation - and Carl Allen who, years ago might have been the guy who put the Benzedrine in Mrs Murphy's Ovaltine, now is the man who injects the Red Bull into the modern jazz musician's Perrier Water.
Oh yes, and great vibes from Mark Sherman who dishes out the adrenaline on a few tracks. Mark also produced the disc. 
This is going to be in the December shake-up!
Tim Hegarty: Tributes is available on Miles High Records MHR 8623.
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.
The idea of this blog is for you to share your thoughts and pass on your comments on discs, gigs, jazz - music in general. If you've been to a gig/concert or heard a CD that knocked you sideways please share your views with us. Tell us about your favourites, your memories, your dislikes.
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.)
Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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