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

Monday, April 07, 2014

GIJF Day Three - Polar Bear.

Seb Rochford’s Polar Bear had a lot to live up to after Shiver's performance!
The quintet, a study in cool, meandered onto stage stepping over miles of cables and plugged in. Wired to Leafcutter John’s multi lap-topped set-up, the tenor horns of Mark Lockheart and Pete Wareham bagged the majority of the solo statements, the hirsute (cool hillbilly style) bassist Tom Herbert impressed and his solos contributions received much applause. 
Drummer Rochford, positioned at the back of the stage under the first floor overhang of the cockpit theatre, spoke engagingly, although typical of the gentle soul that is Seb Rochford, he spoke ever so quietly. A percussive style all his own, ‘leftfield’ being the shorthand description (drum heads are welcome to offer their expertise by way of posting a comment), the Newcastle College alumnus knew what he was doing and drove the band from the traps. Leafcutter cut up and processed the quintet’s sound, horns and all, via two or three laptops, one of which in particular occupied LJ, spending time solving a LED rubic cube or so it seemed. Full-on is what you get from Polar Bear, the audience lapped it up, demanded an encore, got one then emerged blinking into the afternoon sunlight to hang around the bar to take time out and come down from an exhilarating high.
Russell.          

1 comment :

  1. Sonny Intervals (on F/b)Tuesday, April 08, 2014 5:50:00 pm

    It was a great set from Polar Bear. Saw Bill Frisell later that night, his set was amazing. Great venue too...

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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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