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Grant Green Jr.: "One thing that most people--especially jazz cats--don't realise is that all of your jazz standards were once pop standards" - DownBeat July 2018).

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Bobby Sanabria: "Tito Puente was not a very tall man, but when he played the timbales he was a giant among men." - DownBeat July 2018).

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Today Sunday June 17

Afternoon

Musicians Unlimited - Park Inn, Park Road, Hartlepool TS26 9HU. Tel: 01429 233126. 1pm. Free.

Get in the Band rehearsal - Sage Gateshead, St Mary’s Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR. Tel: 0191 443 4666. 10:00am-6:00pm. First of two rehearsals under the direction of Chris Sharkey (second rehearsal Thurs 21 June, 6:00-10.00.pm) culminating in three performances in a day on Sat 23 June - 1) Great North Museum (Hancock Museum), 2) Central Station, 3) Sage Gateshead. Times TBC. Free but ticketed.

Big Gig in the Park: Durham Music Service Ensembles - South Park, Parkside, Darlington DL1 5TG. 12 noon.

Alice Grace & Ben Helm - Bonbar, Fenkle Street, Newcastle NE1 5XU. 1:30pm. Diners’ gig.

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

Sour Mash Trio - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 3:00pm. Free.

Evening

Mark Williams & Joel Byrne-McCullough - Black Bull, Bridge Street, Blaydon NE21 4JJ. 8:00pm. £5.00.

Jazz Jam - Head of Steam, Reform Place, Durham DH1 4RZ. 7:30pm. Free. Durham University Jazz Society. Last one before the Summer recess.

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

Friday, May 02, 2014

CD Review: Holly Hofmann - LOW LIFE The Alto Flute Project

Holly Hofmann (alto flute); Mike Wofford (piano); John Clayton (bass); Jeff Hamilton (drums) + Anthony Wilson (guitar on  4 tracks). (Review by Lance.)
I think I'm correct in saying that this is the first album I've heard where alto flute is featured exclusively. Not an easy task. The alto flute - like the bass clarinet - isn't an instrument for grandiose flourishes. It has to be nurtured, coaxed, almost made love to to release its full potential. That Holly Hofmann succeeds is perhaps not surprising given her mastery of the standard concert flute.
That mastery is transferred to her alto fluting - the sound is full and satisfying without any subterranean excesses. Each note and phrase carefully chosen and perfectly executed. Hofmann says, "I love that this is something people can put on for a long drive, or while they make dinner, and it still holds up as a jazz album." Don't kid yourself into thinking this is some kind of jazzy elevator music - far from it! This is as jazzy an album as any going the rounds. Choicest of material - originals by Metheny, Mulgrew Miller, John Clayton (one a tribute to the late Cedar Walton), Holly herself, John Williams, guitarist Wilson who impresses on 4 of the tracks, a jazz waltz by Ben Schachter and a moving flute/piano duet on The Very Thought of You. Pianist Wofford also happens to be married to Hofmann which perhaps contributes to the obvious empathy between the couple.
Clayton and Hamilton, away from their big band, combine with Wofford to form a dream rhythm section.
This arrived about an hour ago and from the first bar I just couldn't wait to start writing!
My apologies for jumping the queue with this one but, once you've heard it, you'll understand!
Holly Hofmann - LOW LIFE The Alto Flute Project is scheduled for release on May 20 by Capri Records.
Lance. 

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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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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.)
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