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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.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Saxophonics @ The Jazz Café. September 26

Keith Robinson (alto), Steve Summers (alto & tenor), Graeme Wilson (tenor) & Niall Armstrong (baritone)
(Review by Russell/photo courtesy of Mike Tilley.)
Friday night in the Jazz Café and it wasn’t too busy. The listening few enjoyed another fine performance from the supremely talented saxophone quartet Saxophonics. Keith Robinson led the ensemble through two sets of well-honed material, much of it composed and/or arranged by the versatile Graeme Wilson. Twenty four hours earlier the amiable Scot had been on stage at Sage Gateshead as a member of the Paul Edis Sextet. Altoists Robinson and Steve Summers similarly were on duty with the Strictly Smokin’ Big Band the previous evening down at the Millstone.
Wilson’s Street of Furs kicked-off proceedings. The eponymous track from the quartet’s recently released CD The River Flows at Night (comp.Wilson), a fabulous Wilson arrangement of Come Fly with Me and Wilson’s The New Wallaw (echoes of the Voice of the North) illustrated the Honourary Geordie’s multifaceted abilities. Robinson played some bluesy alto on In the Wee Small Hours. Itchy Fingers were in the well-thumbed pad, so too the 29th Street, Dizzy and Fats Waller. Wilson’s Damfino is a Desert Island favourite – it was in the set, it should be a fixture. Saxophonics always come up trumps; fine musicianship anchored by baritone man Niall Armstrong, excellent compositions and arrangements and if you’re lucky, you’ll get a twirl. A twirl? Be there next time!
Russell.

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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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