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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

Rick Laughlin Trio, Abbie Finn Quartet ao - 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.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Sid Scott Orchestra @ The Bridge Hotel. September 28

Ray Truscott (electric bass), Paul Gowland (tenor & alto saxophones, synthesizer) & Paul Wight (drums)
(Review by Russell).
Sid couldn’t make the gig with HMRC on his trail. The other Sids did make it. Confused? You will be. The ‘orchestra’ packed a punch. The massed ranks of the sections distilled, a familiar-looking trio took to the floor promising/threatening Weather Report stadium-gig power in the upstairs room at the Bridge Hotel. Those in the know took back row seats.
Jack and Joe gave a clue as what to expect from Sid & co. Jaco Pastorius (Jack) and Joe Zawinul (Joe) featured prominently during the evening. Six string Ray Truscott revisited seventies electric bass playing territory, a synthesized Paul Gowland blew torrents (tenor and alto) and added something Zawinul-like at a lap-topped keyboard.
Meanwhile, Sid (too many Sids in this band) kicked seven shades out of his kit, giving a power-drumming masterclass endorsed by Mahavishnu Billy Cobham. Sid, the drummer (aka Paul Wight) did use brushes as and when, and the set-list did allow some relief from a Weather Report-style power-feast. The rather incongruous Bossamba made way for a tune inspired by Mingus with the catchy title Pass the Hat Charlie Someone Stole the Pie. The naming of tunes prosaic, none more so than Thanks John (Coltrane), paid homage with an element of My Favourite Things and it wasn’t such a stretch to hear Giant Steps. Sid likes Miles, Four Miles took us close to Seven Steps to Heaven.
The Sid Scott Orchestra is a work in progress; retro, respectful, searching. A Jazz Co-op gig at the Globe is in the diary, get along to follow the progress of Sid, Sid and PG.
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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