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Bebop Spoken There

Howard Riley: “When I started out playing jazz back in the late 50s, early 60s, if you wanted a gig you had to learn some standards.” – (Jazz Journal April 2017)

Eric Harland: “I love swing and I’m always going to swing but I also know that you can take a hip-hop groove and improvise with that just like you would with a swing pattern.” – (Jazz Journal April 2017)

Today Saturday April 29

Afternoon

1pm: Dean Stockdale Trio. 2:30pm: Abbie Finn Quartet 4pm: Rick Laughlin Trio - Quakerhouse, Mechanics’ Yard, Darlington DL3 7QF. 01325 245052. 1:00-5:00pm. Free (donations).

Evening

Dave O’Higgins with Durham Alumni Big Band - Majestic Theatre, Bondgate, Darlington DL3 7JT. Support set by Durham County Youth Big Band (7:15pm). £12.00. (+ concs).

Late night jam session - Quakerhouse, Mechanics’ Yard, Darlington DL3 7QF. 01325 245052.10:30pm. Free.

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Ruby Turner - Alnwick Playhouse. 7:30pm. £21.00. & £20.00.

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Fever & Friends - Customs House, Mill Dam, South Shields NE333 3NG. 7:30pm. £12.00. 0191 454234.

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

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

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Alan Glen Trio @ The Chillingham. March 5

Alan Glen (keyboards), Paul Grainger (double bass) & Paul Wight (drums)
(Review by Russell).
From time to time Dave Weisser offers one of the region’s bands a guest spot at his weekly jazz workshop at the Chillingham. The latest such occasion featured an all too rare appearance by the doyen of north east pianists Alan Glen. Beautiful Love opened the programme with bassist Paul Grainger (depping for John Pope) alongside regular drummer Paul Wight. Glen’s intros are the stuff of legend, keeping the audience guessing, bass and drums awaiting their cue. 
Ideas flowed one after another. You Don’t Know What Love Is heard the trio to best effect. Grainger had settled in nicely (soloing confidently), Wight’s brush work a strong suit and Glen’s rich textures a delight. Night Shade (a Latin/bossa feel) exercised new boy Grainger’s chops – he passed with flying colours, albeit with a ringing of the hands. Glen doesn’t take any prisoners! A first rate set. 
Alan Glen appears at the Jazz Café at the end of March. Treat yourself. Check Bebop Spoken Here nearer the time.
Dave Weisser’s band played two sets either side of Alan Glen’s master class. Weisser (trumpet/flugel) engaged Wight (first set, Norman Redhead second set) and Grainger for the evening alongside mainstay Barrie Ascroft (keyboards) and promising guitarist David Stephens
Yardbird Suite, My Romance, Swing for Debby, The Shadow of Your Smile – great tunes played with enthusiasm. A good night at the Chilli. From one week to the next you never know who will turn up. It is one of the joys of the session. Get along on a Wednesday night. For a quid you can’t go wrong and the beers are as good as you’ll find.           
Russell.
PS: you can also catch the Alan Glen Trio at The Cherry Tree Restaurant, Jesmond, on Monday March 24 where Alan will be delighting diners via a well tuned baby grand with, of course, his rhythm section.

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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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