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Bebop Spoken There

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 Sunday April 30

All Day.
Darlington Jazz Festival - details.
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International Jazz Day - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. From 2pm 'til late. Free - details.
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Strictly Smokin' Small Band - Gateshead Beer and Music Festival - Gateshead RFC, Eastwood Gdns., Low Fell NE9 5UB. £12 admission to beer festival. Band play 1:45pm - 2:35pm.
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Afternoon.
Joel Byrne McCullough - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 12:30pm. Free.
Blues @ The Bay - Tanner Smith's 17-19 South Parade, Whitley Bay NE26 2RE, 0191 2525941. 4pm. Free. Blues jam w. Scott Wall & Charlie Philp.
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Musicians Unlimited - Park Hotel, Park Rd., Hartlepool TS26 9HU. 01249 233126.1pm. Free.
Evening
Nick Ross Orchestra (Glenn Miller) - Forum Theatre, Queensway, Billingham. 7:30pm. £22 (£20.50 conc.).
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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 Two Richard Illes’ Microscopic. April 5

Richard Iles (trumpet), Iain Dixon (tenor saxophone), Les Chisnall (piano) & Arnie Somogyi (double bass)
(Review by Russell).
The late shift on the concourse offers festival goers at Sage Gateshead the opportunity to sit down, relax and listen to a set in an informal setting. The musician on the concourse stage has other concerns – the cavernous space presents a particular challenge with the sound projecting upwards into the gods, reverberating around the concrete and steel interior. The casual and the curious wander past, those leaving adjacent concert halls distract as they depart, queue at the bar or browse at the festival CD stall. Manchester’s Richard Iles has seen it all before and his quartet – Microscopic – presented an excellent set of original compositions with grace and good humour. They knew the score.
The trumpeter crossed the Pennines with a first rate band in tow guaranteeing a quality performance. Two sets, the first of which encountered the aforementioned distractions, the second blessed by a treasured tranquility, the hubbub having subsided. Those present listened and were duly rewarded. Pianist Les Chisnall, a dedicated, respected  tutor in music education, played tastefully behind bandleader Iles’ lustrous trumpet solos. Tenor man Iain Dixon complemented Iles’ work with his own thoughtful statements, the tenor and trumpet soloists fortunate in having bassist Arnie Somogyi share the stand with them. Sage Gateshead pushes the jazz boat out securing appearances by the great names from around the globe. The festival organisers are to be commended for having the foresight to programme other, supposedly ‘lesser’ names. Richard Iles’ Microscopic were a joy to listen to.          
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.
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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