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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 Saturday April 29

Afternoon

1pm: Dean Stockdale Trio. 2:30pm: Abbie Finn Quartet 4pm: Rick Laughlin Trio - Quakerhouse, Mechanics’ Yard, Darlington DL3 7QF. 01325 245052. 1:00-5:00pm. Free (donations).

Evening

Dave O’Higgins with Durham Alumni Big Band - Majestic Theatre, Bondgate, Darlington DL3 7JT. Support set by Durham County Youth Big Band (7:15pm). £12.00. (+ concs).

Late night jam session - Quakerhouse, Mechanics’ Yard, Darlington DL3 7QF. 01325 245052.10:30pm. Free.

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Ruby Turner - Alnwick Playhouse. 7:30pm. £21.00. & £20.00.

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Fever & Friends - Customs House, Mill Dam, South Shields NE333 3NG. 7:30pm. £12.00. 0191 454234.

Bradley Johnston (solo guitar) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 7:30pm. No cover charge.

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

Friday, April 11, 2014

Virtuoso Jazz Trio @ The Lit & Phil. April 11

George MacDonald (clarinet), James Birkett (guitar), & Tony Abell (double bass) + Bernice MacDonald (vocals)
(Review by Russell/Photos courtesy of Jerry Edis).
The latest in the Lit and Phil’s monthly lunchtime concert series presented the Virtuoso Jazz Trio. The trio’s performances are few and far between and this city centre date drew a large audience keen to hear timeless material from the Great American Songbook. Three Gershwin tunes to begin with: But Not For Me, Somebody Loves Me and Lady Be Good. Clarinet virtuoso George MacDonald took the first solo of the afternoon, on the second number virtuoso guitarist James Birkett developed a solo from a welter of chords and on a swift Lady Be Good virtuoso bassist Tony Abell swung none stop. 
From Gershwin to Goodman and Flying Home. Mr MacDonald spoke about BG’s touring days back in the day, criss-crossing America, finding fame and fortune. Ellington featured – Don’t Get Around Much Anymore and It Don’t Mean a Thing  – and yes, it swung! Swingingly relaxed, an art in itself. Mr MacDonald introduced Lullaby of Birdland suggesting George Shearing was Britain’s finest jazz pianist, period. All three virtuosi took a solo, MacDonald and Birkett’s harmonic ideas a delight. 
A surprise guest – vocalist Bernice MacDonald – sang, without a microphone, The Girl From Ipanema. Ms MacDonald appeared to be slightly nervous, thrust into the limelight in front of a standing room only audience. Jobim’s masterpiece is a delicate thing, Ms MacDonald sang delicately, winning applause. The Telephone Song, something of a novelty number, heard our vocalist gain in confidence (backed by a cracking band!) and with her third and final number - The Three Bears - she was in her element! The trio concluded another successful afternoon of jazz at the Lit & Phil with Sweet Georgia Brown. The Virtuoso Jazz Trio can be heard again at the venue on the evening of Wednesday 7th May. The next lunchtime concert on Friday 9th May (1:00 pm) features Triptych (Paul Edis, piano, Paul Susans, bass and Rob Walker, drums).
Russell.

2 comments :

  1. Yes, great gig. Particularly enjoyed the Benny Goodman material - obviously a great influence on George.

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  2. Excellent gig. The new bass player Tony Abell is a very tallented player - his other band is Alter Ego

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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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