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Bebop Spoken There

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 Saturday April 29

Afternoon

1pm: Dean Stockdale Trio. 2:30pm: Abbie Finn Quartet 4pm: Rick Laughlin Trio - Quakerhouse, Mechanics’ Yard, Darlington DL3 7QF. 01325 245052. 1:00-5:00pm. Free (donations).

Evening

Dave O’Higgins with Durham Alumni Big Band - Majestic Theatre, Bondgate, Darlington DL3 7JT. Support set by Durham County Youth Big Band (7:15pm). £12.00. (+ concs).

Late night jam session - Quakerhouse, Mechanics’ Yard, Darlington DL3 7QF. 01325 245052.10:30pm. Free.

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Ruby Turner - Alnwick Playhouse. 7:30pm. £21.00. & £20.00.

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Fever & Friends - Customs House, Mill Dam, South Shields NE333 3NG. 7:30pm. £12.00. 0191 454234.

Bradley Johnston (solo guitar) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 7:30pm. No cover charge.

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

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Improvisers’ Workshop @ Jazz Café. September 9

(Review by Russell).
The Jazz Café’s monthly improv workshop has quickly established itself on the local scene. September’s event attracted familiar faces and one or two newcomers. Led by John Pope (double bass) and percussionist Wes Stephenson, the numerous participants worked in a series of duos, trios, quartets and larger ensembles.
Alpine kazoo cast aside inhibition to join Pope and Stephenson and before long alto, soprano and flute threw caution to the wind and their collective improv hat into the ring. 
Pianist Alan Law walked in and formed a lyrical ‘triette’, no, a ‘triage’ someone said to much laughter, with Pope and Karen Rann (soprano). Pope and Jeff Smith (flute) paired-up, so too Nigel (‘small toys’ and voice) and a ukulele. Stephenson vacated the drum chair to focus his attention on a bottle of Price Bishop, leaving the way clear for Christian Alderson to pick-up the sticks and interact with erstwhile musical partner Paul Taylor (piano). Alderson’s ‘extended technique’ included playing the hitherto unnoticed wall-mounted radiator. 
Last month’s welcome contributor – pocket trumpet man Andrew – arrived and in no time struck a musical conversation with Colin (alto), Rann and Smith. Ian Forbes popped his head round the door, took one look, and, being Forbesy, promptly left.
Davide sat front row, later to announce himself as a drummer – his thunderous approach added an extra dimension. ‘Shakey’ Ann Alex belatedly got in on the action (shakey eggs, flute, hand-clap and dunked biscuit). The finale featured everyone including the late arrival bass clarinetist lurking at the door. October’s session is on Tuesday 14 (8:00pm).  
Russell.

3 comments :

  1. Russell, I'd love to be able to play the flute, what I played was the tin whistle, the flute is held sideways on. I don't remember the biscuit! I thought this event was as much drama as music, very interesting.
    Ann Alex

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  2. Hi Ann

    Flute? Tin whistle?

    Russell The Unobservant

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  3. The description of me as Christian's "erstwhile" musical partner is fortunately inaccurate. Although it's ages since The Long Lonesome Go have played live, we are still an active unit, albeit currently sporadically and mainly in the practice room. We will eventually reconvene on stage. Watch this space: https://soundcloud.com/the-long-lonesome-go

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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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