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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 Saturday April 29

Afternoon

Rick Laughlin Trio, Abbie Finn Quartet ao - 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, May 30, 2014

CD Review: Alice Zawadzki – China Lane.

(Review by Debra M).
China Lane is the debut album of singer, violinist, pianist and composer Alice Zawadzki. The project’s diversity is signposted in the opening track ‘Ring of Fire’, where her bright pure voice and plucked violin introducehe debut album of singer, violinist & pianist  a modern folk song, which ultimately transforms into a funky jam with scat, bluesy guitar and Kit Downes grooving on Hammond organ. The fantastical ‘Cat’ has a rockier yet soulful groove, a fitting  backdrop to the dark fairy tale of the lyric.
A striking change of style follows in the next two tracks of traditional Sephardic songs, forcefully and meticulously delivered by Zawadzki, both with strong percussive arrangements, and with outstanding strings on ‘Dicho Me Habian Dicho’. In contrast, ‘Low Sun: Lovely Pink Light’, inspired by winter on a Danish island, is ethereal with layered voices and a restrained guitar solo by Alex Roth. But this wordless revelry is soon disturbed by the extended tale of obsessional love in ‘You As A Man’. Finally Zawadzski finishes her musical journey with the affectionate, lyrical and  most conventional piece of the collection, returning home to Manchester in the eponymous China Lane’.  The album was recorded over an extended period of five years, and in so doing captures the distinctiveness and breadth of Zawadzki’s musical endeavours in her career so far.
China Lane will be released in the UK on 16 June (Whirlwind Recordings – WR4647).
Debra M.
Alice Zawadzki (voice, violin, piano); Alex Roth (guitar); Andreas Lang (double bass); Kit Downes (Hammond Organ); Jon Scott (drums); Shirley Smart (cello); Emilia Martensson, Fini Bearman (voice); Eva Thorarinsdottir, Steven Proctor (violin); Lucy Nolan, Tanah Stevens (viola); Peggy Nolan, Rosie Toll (cello).

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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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