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Bebop Spoken There

Eubie Blake: “He [Willie The Lion Smith] played some tricky rhythms, if he'd seen them written down, he'd have said "Oh I couldn't play that", but he played them!” – (DownBeat May 24, 1973).

Mel Lewis: “They [kids] think the word "technique" means speed. The word "technique" just means the way you do something, that's all.” – (DownBeat July 19. 1973).

Today Sunday April 22

Afternoon

Musicians Unlimited - Park Inn, Park Road, Hartlepool TS26 9HU. Tel: 01429 233126. 12 noon. Free.

More Jam - The Globe, 11 Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 3:00pm. Free.

Somethin’ Blue - Vesuvio, 3a Houndgate, Darlington DL1 5RL. 5:00pm. Tel: 01325 788564. Matt Case (saxophone) & Mike Hepple (guitar).

Evening

Strictly Smokin' Big Band - Hoochie Coochie, 54 Pilgrim Street, Newcastle NE1 8SF. 5:30pm (4:00pm doors). £8.00.

Teduloca - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £10 (£8 in adv.)

Kevin Eland - Quakerhouse, Mechanics’ Yard, Darlington DL3 7QF. 6:00pm. £5.00. Darlington Jazz Club.

Bradley Johnston - The Fire Station, High Street West, Sunderland SR1 3DT. Tel: 0191 594 7241. 6:00pm. Free.

Scott Wainwright - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson Street, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 8:30pm. Free.

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

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Peter Gilligan interviewed by Zoe Gilby

Z: Tell us a bit about your band. How it formed? band line up and their influences?
P: The Music of Horace Silver band was formed following chats between Paul, Don and Myself about the prolific, brilliant composer that is Horace Silver. Prompted even further by the (inaccurate) reports of his death, we decided it would be cool to form a quintet and learn, play, attempt a selection of his music.
The band comprises,
Don Forbes (trumpet) The "Don" of local Jazz trumpet players. Regularly working with his quartet, and "Safe Sextet" Don also did a lot of the parts and arrangements. Gary Turner (Tenor Sax) Gary was good enough to step in at the last minute. Brilliant improviser with amazing tonal control. Again has been playing on the local scene for years. Currently doing great work with "The Pilgrim St Set"
Peter Gilligan (piano) Not Horace, but tonight heavily inspired by him. 
Paul Grainger (double bass) Paul is the bass player. He plays bass, and loves playing bass. That's why we book him  Great sound and swings like (insert appropriate)
Dave McKeague. (drums) Fantastic "in demand" drummer, Frequently working with a variety of local stars. Great listener and more chops than a butchers shop window.
It is the variety within Horace Silver's work that stands out to us. So expect fast Latin grooves, swing, Waltz's, Bebop and intricate subtle Ballads. 
Z: Best gig you've seen?
P: As far as best gigs go Jack DeJohnette 2012 at Sage Gateshead has cropped up as a favourite of several of us, also Joey Calderazzo with Joe Lovano, Chic Corea/ Gary Burton. Herbie Hancock, all spring to mind.
Z: Thanks Peter.
(Editor's note: The Music of Horace Silver by the Peter Gilligan Quintet is at the Bridge Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle NE1 5RQ on Sunday April 20, 8.15pm. Part of the Splinter @ The Bridge Spring Series of concerts.
Zoe Gilby, herself, can be heard tonight - April 19 - at the Salsa Café, Westgate Rd., Newcastle. 9.30pm.)

1 comment :

cptfinch said...

sounds a great band! dissapointed can't make tonight

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