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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 Thursday April 27

Afternoon
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - The Holystone, Whitley Rd., Holystone, Newcastle (ish) NE27 0DA. 1pm. Free.
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Evening.
Maine St. Jazzmen - Potters Wheel, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5EE. 8:30pm. 0191 4888068
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Dave Weisser & Alan Law - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8pm. £5. (Students free).
BABMUS Presents - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £3 (£2 students).
Strictly Smokin' Big Band - The Millstone, Haddrick's Mill Rd., South Gosforth, Newcastle NE3 3DB. Free. 7pm. Open rehearsal.
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Emma Fisk's Hot Club du Nord - Lubetkin Theatre, East Durham College, Willerby Grove, Peterlee SR8 2RR.7pm. £8. 07425 145549.
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Paul Skerritt Band - The Pennyweight, Bakehouse Hill, Darlington DL1 5QA. 9pm. Free. 01325 468411.
Jazz Workshop w. Matt Roberts - Art Gallery, Crown St., Darlington DL1 1ND. 6pm. £5. Registration required. Part of Darlington Jazz Festival.
Richie Emmerson Quartet w Richie (tenor); Ted Pearce (keys); Alan Smith (bass) + drums tba - Dorman's, Oxford Rd., Middlesbrough. 9pm. Free.
New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - The Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees. 8:30pm.
Pocket Jazz Orchestra + Noel Dennis (trumpet) - The Ship, Church Lane, Redmarshall, Stockton TS21 1EP. Free. 8pm.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

EP Review: Patricia Morris: Between New Year And Valentine

(Review by Ann Alex).
Patricia Morris is a singer/songwriter and also a published poet, and this is a rather good EP.  Her poetical gifts are shown in the quality of her lyrics, such as ‘When I hear Billie Holiday I understand the blues’.  She has written all 5 tracks, 2 of them in collaboration with Bo Hewerdine, who has written for Eddi Reader.  Ms Morris has a rich, bluesy, expressive voice although possibly only one track can really be called jazz, but the EP is nonetheless hugely enjoyable.  A rundown of the tracks will illustrate it best:
Little Bird (Morris/McGlynn)  A Latin rhythm with good piano and the rhythm emphasised by a hand drum.
The Sun, The Moon, The Stars (Morris) a love song introduced by a folksy guitar.
Billie Holiday’s Voice (Morris/Hewerdine)   My favourite track, a haunting tune with the saxophone featuring, a homage to the lady herself.
Between New Year And Valentine (Morris/Hewerdine)  A jazzy slow ballad with an effective piano solo, which Billie Holiday could well have sung.
Life Goes On (Morris) A strong song in the Edith Piaf mode, with an insistent beat, indicating life’s journey, with the whole band except the sax.  An effective way to round off the disc.
The musicians are more than competent but they don’t get the solo opportunities they would on a more jazz orientated disc. The singer definitely has the limelight, which, as it is being released under her name, I believe was the intention.
Ann Alex.
Released early May on the Patricia Morris label, Cat No. BR002PM, Between New Year And Valentine is available for download or streaming.
Patricia Morris (vocals); Rohan Armstrong (double bass, electric bass); Neil Burns; (keys);
Egon Callery (acoustic guitar, electric guitar); Sean McCarron (saxophone);  Gary Raymond (drums, percussion); Andrea Cunningham (backing vocals).

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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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