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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.

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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