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Allison Neale: “It’s difficult if you play mainstream in the UK, it isn’t appreciated enough. The current scene seems to focus on musician-composers.” - (Jazz Journal April 2013).

Liam Noble: “I know some people think playing standards is old-fashioned but I love it.” – (Jazz Journal January 2016).

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Today Tuesday February 21

Jam Session - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. Free.
Charles Gordon (solo piano) - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Newcastle. 10pm - midnight. Free.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Greg Spero Quartet @ Bridge Hotel May 11

Greg Spero (Clavinova); De'Sean Jones (tenor); Junius Paul (bass, bass guitar); Makaya McCraven (drums).
(Review by Lance/Photo courtesy of Ken Drew).
The four Chicago based musicians took to the stage one by one. The double bass kicked things off. A tall player, a tall instrument, a lot of sound. Junius Paul a genius of the genre. McCraven sat behind the kit and the groove was forming. De'Sean Jones, toting tenor (1946 Holton) had his say and the tension mounted. Finally, the Emperor himself entered the arena, took his place on the throne and, after twiddling knobs and pushing buttons, the quartet was complete. Lift off took place - destination unknown.
The rest of the evening was a musical blur - so much happening it was almost impossible to comprehend. Spero the living proof that music, and jazz in particular, should never be boring and always be entertaining. McCraven - to describe him as formidable would be an understatement, fantastic more like it stick an adjective of your own choice in front of the above f words and you've got the picture.
An amazing Autumn Leaves that was like no other Autumn Leaves I've ever heard and I've heard plenty! If this was Autumn Leaves it should have been retitled Stormy Weather - here comes another f word - fabulous!
Interplay between tenor and piano, unison passages, the drum solo(s) to end all drum solos and the tenor solo on the last number - fast and furious! Bass player never faltered and Greg? He can play and how! One of the nicest guys around too.
Special thanks to Andy and Zoe for arranging this Splinter gig. They were rewarded with a near full house.
I didn't get the 27 bus tonight - I floated home on a cloud!
The Quartet are at Prudhoe tonight - check out the cloud times.
Lance.
PS: Greg does a solo spot on Thursday at Newcastle Uni. - support to the Roger Beaujolais Quartet in a JNE gig. Greg doing supports!  
PPS: All four were on Newcastle Brown Ale.

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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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