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Number 22 in World Jazz Blog Rankings

Number 22 in World Jazz Blog Rankings

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.

Monday, March 31, 2014

CD Review: Brother Strut - The First Strut is the Deepest

Stevie Jones (ten); Andrew Murray (pno); Steve Pearce (bs); Otha Smith (gtr); Melvin Duffy (gtr); Frankie Tontoh (dms) + vocals by: Sam Tanner; Megan Henwood; Mike Davies; Ben Lee and John James Newman.
(Review by Lance).
You go along to an Elkie Brooks gig and you're knocked out! I always am. You know the tunes off by heart, the on stage moves, everything. You love it. Then you get around to thinking about the band. What a band! What a sax player!
At the conclusion of Elkie's recent (February!) Sage Gateshead gig I encountered Stevie Jones at the top of the stairs attempting to flog his own CD. He looked like an injured serviceman selling poppies on Armistice Day. Most of the departing audience only had eyes for the stall selling Elkie Merchandise. I got a disc from Stevie of his own band, Brother Strut. I listened to the disc. This was no injured serviceman! it was a Sherman Tank, an Avocet Missile, a Bouncing Bomb!
Stevie Jones is one helluva tenor player. He blows like as though he were walkin' the bar in N'Orlins or makin' music for the best party you ever had. You want to have a ball? Elkie don't answer your call?
Just send for Brother Strut - they deliver!
Away from the rhetoric this is  a great dancy CD with funky solos and arrangements. The kind of music you might (I'm guessing) hear in present day Chicago, Detroit or New Orleans. It's bluesy, funky, rocky, soulful .
Blues and Soul Magazine gave it 10/10 and summed it up as "Bloody brilliant".
I ain't gonna argue
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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