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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.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

RISING NORTHERN JAZZ TALENT TO GET FESTIVAL SHOWCASE

AN OUTSTANDING band of young musicians is being given the chance to make its name, thanks to a pioneering initiative by Jazz North, the organisation devoted to nurturing and showcasing talent.
Jam Experiment, comprising five musicians from Manchester aged from 16 to 18 is the first beneficiary of the Jazz North Introduces scheme, which offers them high-profile exposure at leading jazz festivals in the north, along with help in promoting themselves.
The band was selected from a wide range of applications for the scheme after impressing a panel of festival directors, educators, musicians and Jazz North staff with its talent and enthusiasm.
Now it will perform at the Lancaster Jazz Festival, Marsden Jazz Festival, Southport Melodic Jazz Club and Liverpool Jazz Festival.
Jam Experiment is made up of bandleader and BBC Young Jazz Musician of Year 2014 Rory Ingham, 17, who plays trombone, saxophonist Alex Bone, 17, pianist Toby Comeau, 17, bassist Felix Moseholm, 16, and drummer Jonathan Mansfield, 18.
The band describes its approach as “energetic, connected, creative, swingin', humorous, enthusiastic”.  It came together after a weekly jam, and the players’ ambitions are to play exciting original compositions and arrangements, make a strong impression and search for something that is musically new.
Among its inspirations and influences are guitar titan Pat Metheny, keyboard legend Herbie Hancock, bassist Christian McBride and pianist Gwilym Simcock.
Jam Experiment receives a package of help as part of the Jazz North Introduces scheme, including payment and expenses for the gigs, a photo-shoot, video showreel created from interviews and performances and assistance in creating and electronic press kit.
Applications for Jazz North Introduces demonstrated the wealth of young talent in the north.
The youngest was Take Four and a Half, a Bradford quintet that was highly commended by the panel for its ambition and enthusiasm. In recognition, the band has been offered three days’ mentoring by leading saxophonist Iain Dixon.
Jazz North Introduces builds on the mjf (Manchester Jazz Festival) introduces scheme to showcase the very best new jazz talent from across the north. 
A pilot version was run earlier this year with Leeds band The Stretch Trio being selected for a showcase at Gateshead International Jazz Festival. The initiative was open to bands of up to five musicians, 75 per cent of whom – plus the nominated leader – must be under 25, and living or studying in the north of England.
The panel that selected Jam Experiment prioritized musical excellence, in terms of musicianship, creativity, innovation and potential. A shortlist was drawn up and assessed by an advisory panel consisting of experienced musicians, promoters, educators and Jazz North staff. 
Jo McCallum, who co-ordinated Jazz North Introduces, said: “Working in partnership with promoters, the Jazz North Introduces scheme is providing young bands with their first high profile performances at leading northern jazz festivals. It is a fantastic opportunity for these young musicians to perform throughout the region and a fantastic opportunity for jazz audiences to have their first glimpse of the great talent that is emerging here in the north.”
Jazz North’s partners in the initiative were Marsden Jazz Festival, Southport Melodic Jazz Club, Lancaster Jazz Festival, Liverpool Jazz Festival, Chethams School of Music, Leeds College of Music, Gateshead International Jazz Festival and Scarborough Jazz Festival.
The Jam Experiment will play the following festivals: 
Friday 19th September 10.15pm - Lancaster Jazz Festival www.lancasterjazz.com
Saturday 11th October 12pm - Marsden Jazz Festival  www.marsdenjazzfestival.com
Friday 6th February afternoon - Southport Melodic Jazz Club - Jazz on a Winter's Weekend 
Sunday 1st March 1pm - Liverpool Jazz  Festival  

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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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