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Allison Neale: “It’s difficult if you play mainstream in the UK, it isn’t appreciated enough. The current scene seems to focus on musician-composers.” - (Jazz Journal April 2013).

Liam Noble: “I know some people think playing standards is old-fashioned but I love it.” – (Jazz Journal January 2016).

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Today Tuesday February 21

Jam Session - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. Free.
Charles Gordon (solo piano) - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Newcastle. 10pm - midnight. Free.
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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Trio Riot @ Schmazz at the Jazz Café. March 25

Sam Andreae (tenor saxophone), Mette Rasmussen (alto saxophone) & David Meier (drums)
(Review by Russell/Photo by Ken Drew)
Trio Riot made a return visit to Tyneside to play a Schmazz date at the Jazz Café. The increase in audience numbers – up on the band’s Newcastle debut at the Bridge Hotel – suggests word had got around that this was a trio worth hearing. The ‘punk jazz’ label seems to have stuck and it does, to a degree, give an indication of what the listener could/should expect to hear.
Loud, intense, incessant riffs with a disarming element up their collective sleeve…humour. Sharp blasts from the horn players – Sam Andreae (tenor), Mette Rasmussen (alto) – followed by a destablising silence broken by one or other, perhaps drummer David Meier (perhaps by the member of the trio most adept at counting the time in their head!), punctuated the performance.
Touring the CD Trio Riot (a simple enough title, it does what it says on the tin), the trio travel light – tenor horn and alto, Meier using a house kit along the way – yet punch above their weight on stage. Upper register work by Andreae or Rasmussen ratcheted the tension, released by cascading notes tumbling to the floor, Meier ducking out of the way, forging a change in direction. New compositions were heard, the band reading their parts, the tunes yet to be committed to memory. Trio Riot has created a readily identifiable sound – commanding, engaging, uncompromising.                
Russell.

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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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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.)
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