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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 Thursday April 27

Afternoon
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - The Holystone, Whitley Rd., Holystone, Newcastle (ish) NE27 0DA. 1pm. Free.
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Evening.
Maine St. Jazzmen - Potters Wheel, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5EE. 8:30pm. 0191 4888068
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Dave Weisser & Alan Law - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8pm. £5. (Students free).
BABMUS Presents - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £3 (£2 students).
Strictly Smokin' Big Band - The Millstone, Haddrick's Mill Rd., South Gosforth, Newcastle NE3 3DB. Free. 7pm. Open rehearsal.
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Emma Fisk's Hot Club du Nord - Lubetkin Theatre, East Durham College, Willerby Grove, Peterlee SR8 2RR.7pm. £8. 07425 145549.
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Paul Skerritt Band - The Pennyweight, Bakehouse Hill, Darlington DL1 5QA. 9pm. Free. 01325 468411.
Jazz Workshop w. Matt Roberts - Art Gallery, Crown St., Darlington DL1 1ND. 6pm. £5. Registration required. Part of Darlington Jazz Festival.
Richie Emmerson Quartet w Richie (tenor); Ted Pearce (keys); Alan Smith (bass) + drums tba - Dorman's, Oxford Rd., Middlesbrough. 9pm. Free.
New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - The Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees. 8:30pm.
Pocket Jazz Orchestra + Noel Dennis (trumpet) - The Ship, Church Lane, Redmarshall, Stockton TS21 1EP. Free. 8pm.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Jazz Café Jam Session Number 4. March 18.

Peter Gilligan (pno); Paul Grainger (bs); Paul Wight (dms) + Simon Stephenson (gtr); Johnny Davis (ten); Eric Stutt (dms); James Harrison (pno); Stuart Finden (ten); Fiona Finden (vcl/ten); Kathryn Lowdon (vcl); Ian Forbes (dms); John Rowland (ten).
(Review by Lance).
Make Someone Happy played at Tempo Di Lick got the ball rolling and it certainly did roll as the house trio not only made the less than crowded room happy but also had them breathless! I Remember Clifford was a more sombre rendition as befitted Benny Golson's tribute to the late trumpet player killed almost 60 years ago. Bolivia brightened things up in anticipation of the jammers who were now queuing up in the wings.
Johnny Davis and Simon Stephenson Walked Tall - literally in the case of the former who, kitted out in woolly hat and black tenor sax blew some stirring solos. Stephenson, by some electronic wizardry produced a near acoustic sound from his Fender (Strat?). Georgia on my Mind with Davis to the fore hit a relaxed groove before it was back to Brand's Hatch for I Should Care.
Break time allowed Wight's southpaw kit to be re-set for Eric Stutt who, along with fellow Budtonians Stu and Fiona and James Harrison, joined up with Paul Grainger (no bassists in tonight) for an up tempo 12 bar.
Fi sang Blow Those Blues Away which Stu and James duly did.
Simon returned for God Bless the Child with Fi singing with much feeling.
Gilligan was back on the grid for Stella By Starlight - one fast lady. Night in Tunisia followed then Kathryn Lowdon gave us her unique interpretations of  Moanin' and Fine and Mellow.
Fresh from his recent tv appearance John Rowland rounded off my evening with There Will Never be Another You and In a Sentimental Mood.
Metro and number 88 bus took care of my journey home.
Back in two weeks. Next Tuesday (March 25) it's a Schmazz session  featuring Trio Riot.
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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