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Ernie Wilkins: “If you don't look at the liner notes, you don't know who in the hell it is. Everybody sounds alike, that same million-note approach. Faceless.” – (Crescendo November 1975).

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Ben Williams: “A lot of jazz today has developed this allergy to simplicity. ‘If it’s simple, that means it’s not hip’ is a theme. But sometimes the simplest thing you can do is the hippest thing you can do.” – (Down Beat August 2015).

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Archives.

Today Wednesday March 22

Afternoon.
Vieux Carre Jazzmen - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
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Evening.
Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. £1. 8pm.
Paul Skerritt Band - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 7:30pm. No cover charge.
Levee Ramblers NOJB - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:30pm. £3.00.
John Harle and Steve Lodder - Royal Grammar School, Eskdale Tce., Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 4DX. 7pm. £20 & £10. 60th birthday tour for RGS alumnus Harl.
Chris Sharkey Trio - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £4.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Jazz Café Jam - May 6.










Peter Gilligan (pictured top left) (piano); Paul Grainger (bass); Jeff Armstrong (drums) + Ian Forbes (drums); Ann Alex, Katherine Lowden (pictured top right), Kath Jobes (vocals).
(Review by Lance/Photos courtesy of Mike Tilley).
A jam session sans horns is a rare phenomenon! Tonight, the only instrumentalist was the Grand Old Man of North East Jazz Ian Forbes who once again displayed his consummate percussive artistry. Jeff Armstrong too impressed à la batterie* albeit on a scaled down kit minus floor tom and small tom.
The trio more than made up for the shortage of jammers with a choice selection of  tunes such as Dear Old Stockholm - which Stan Getz recorded as Standinavian many years ago - Jim Hall's Waltz New, Michel Petrucciani's Looking Up, All Blues, Opus de Funk, Wayne Shorter's Footprints, I Thought About You and Unsquare Dance. These were just a few of the numbers that allowed some dazzling piano technique from Gilligan, sound basswork by Grainger and tasteful and sympathetic drumming from Armstrong.
A break then time for some "birdsong". First out of the nest was Ann Alex for a spirited version of I Got Rhythm. The trio played an imaginative Scarborough Fair and Katherine Lowden sang (I think) It's Been a Long Time and Tenderly. Ms Lowden has the range and uses it effectively. Finally Kath Jobes gave us I'm Beginning to See the Light and Bye Bye Blackbird.
This was but the start of a good week for singers. Today (Wednesday May 7) Lindsay Hannon Plus are at Hexham Jazz Club; Thursday Lindsay has her CD Launch at the Lit and Phil; Friday funkster Ray Harris returns to Hoochie Coochie; Saturday Jason Isaacs Big Band are at City Hall; Monday the Paul Skerritt Band are at the Cherry Tree and Wednesday (May 14) Joe Stilgoe is at Sage Gateshead.
A lot of good listening ahead.
Lance.
* A reminder that Saturday night at "Le Café du Jazz" is French night with two French bands performing.

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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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