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

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Tori Freestone Trio – Splinter at the Bridge March 9

Tori Freestone (tenor) Dave Mannington (D. Bass) Tim Giles (Drums)
(Review by Kath Jobes/Photo courtesy of Ken Drew.)
Tori’s Trio are currently touring with their latest CD, In the Chop House and this evening featured tunes from this latest Album… which I bought by the way… because I loved this lady’s music… what a musician!
La Barriada was introduced with reminiscences of tapas eaten in this bar on Tenerife and the view of Mt. Tide in the distance, Tori had written this tune after a lovely holiday and set us away on a superb session of Jazz to a very appreciative audience… the room had filled up nicely.  Mrs PC was a bluesy number, with the mellow tones of the tenor creating a chilled out feeling…the first of the tunes played that features on the new CD.  A traditional tune, My Lagan Love was arranged and segued into In the Chop House, the title number of the new CD.  This trio are certainly well matched; the bass complimented the saxophone and drums although I would have preferred to hear him a little louder… as occasionally he was drowned out by the superb drumming…. It’s hard to get the balance right sometimes.  The final number of the set, The Universal 4 featured a tremendous drum solo… just wow!
Set two commenced with a Jez Franks number, Bubble and Squeak.  Dave Mannington’s tune, Lonesome George, also featured on the album was inspired by the lone giant tortoise on the Galapagos Isles and was followed by a Gershwin tune with a twist… arranged by Tori it was But Not For Me.  The highlight of my evening was the next tune, a Joni Mitchell number arranged by Tori… Both Sides Now sealed the deal on the CD purchase, the lovely mellow tenor accompanied by bowed bass and mallets on drums made this arrangement just beautiful.  The final number of the night was inspired by one of Tori’s favourite sax players… can you guess who? …and her favourite pastime, Pottering Around.
Kath J.


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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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