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Piers Paul Read: "Bruce Reynolds and Biggs shared an interest in Sex, Jazz and Hemingway." - (The Train Robbers by Piers Paul Read, Coronet Books 1979.)

George Shearing: "Speaking about Johann Sebastian Bach I think he'd be a real jazzer if he were alive today. I mean any man who has two wives, twenty kids, gets kicked out of the church for being too harmonically radical and drinks beer can't be all wrong can he?" - (Crescendo March 1984.)

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Today Thursday July 19

Afternoon

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Road, Holystone NE27 0DA. Tel: 266 6173. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Maine St. Jazzmen - Sunniside Social Club, Holywell Lane, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5NJ. 8:30pm. Free.

Alexys de Alfaro: Guitar Dreams with Coco Vega - Prohibition Bar, Arch 3, Brandling Street, Gateshead NE8 2BA. Doors 7:00pm. A ‘jar on the bar’ gig. Guitar & percussion.

Alter Ego - St James’ & St Basil’s Church, Fenham Hall Drive, Newcastle NE4 9EJ. 7:30pm. £10.00.

Jesse Bannister Quartet - Jazz Café, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 8:00pm. £10.00. (£8.00. concs.). JNE.

Northern Monkey Brass Band - Jubilee Park, Spennymoor DL16. 6:00-9:00pm. Free. Big BRASS Bash (Durham Brass Festival).

New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees TS18 4AW. 8:30pm.

Tees Hot Club w. Donna Hewitt (alto); Josh Bentham (tenor); Dave Archbaid (keys) - Dormans Club, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Tel: 01642 823813. 9pm. Free.

Jazz Jam - Fire Station, High Street West, Sunderland SR1 3DT. Tel: 0191 594 7241. 8pm. Free.

Billy's Buskers: Plug in and Play - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 7:00pm. Free.

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.
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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