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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 Sunday April 30

All Day.
Darlington Jazz Festival - details.
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International Jazz Day - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. From 2pm 'til late. Free - details.
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Strictly Smokin' Small Band - Gateshead Beer and Music Festival - Gateshead RFC, Eastwood Gdns., Low Fell NE9 5UB. £12 admission to beer festival. Band play 1:45pm - 2:35pm.
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Afternoon.
Joel Byrne McCullough - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 12:30pm. Free.
Blues @ The Bay - Tanner Smith's 17-19 South Parade, Whitley Bay NE26 2RE, 0191 2525941. 4pm. Free. Blues jam w. Scott Wall & Charlie Philp.
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Musicians Unlimited - Park Hotel, Park Rd., Hartlepool TS26 9HU. 01249 233126.1pm. Free.
Evening
Nick Ross Orchestra (Glenn Miller) - Forum Theatre, Queensway, Billingham. 7:30pm. £22 (£20.50 conc.).
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Kanani Quartet Royal Albert Hall Café. October 4

Kourosh Kanani (gtr); Jeremie Coullon (gtr); Eleazar Spreafico (bs).
(Review by Peter Ninnim). 
Our autumn trip to London this year was primarily to see Manon at the Royal Ballet but no trip to London would be complete without  a good helping of jazz. Internet searches revealed that the Café at the Albert Hall had several jazz events at weekends, all of which were free.
Expecting nothing (free concert?) we arrived early and listened in awe to the warm up and then after a short gap to the actual performance.
The band bills themselves as Gypsy Jazz but they are so much more. Genuine Gypsy jazz certainly but with lots of other influences.
The first  set opened with the Louis Armstrong tune Struttin’ With Some Barbeque which set the tone of mind blowing virtuosity. They followed this with What is This Thing Called Love and then a fast 3/4 piece the name of which escaped me. Other wonderful music followed; Caravan; Autumn Leaves, taken at speed; and  Django Reinhardt’s Micro, with Les Paul influences I thought, which concluded the first set.
This allowed the diners in this upmarket Italian cafe to get their breath back. The large venue was pretty full but because of the nature of the place the crowd revolved but were very appreciative. What a great way to perform jazz; 12.00 to 1.45 pm on a Saturday lunch time and no charge to the audience!
The second shorter set kicked off with All the Things You Are and wound its way through various Jazz standards and several Gypsy influenced items and finished with a sparkling version of Charlie Parker’s Donna Lee.
The Quartet, reduced to three on the day, have a lead guitarist on amplified  acoustic guitar who is the best player that I have ever seen on that instrument. I had never expected to see anyone produce more guitar entertainment than Clive Carroll but Kourosh Kanani is amazing. His Turkish and Irish ancestry must be an influence. The second guitarist is Jeremie Coullon and he also was impressive both on Lead and rhythm roles. Bass player Eleazar Spreafico is excellent; all fingers of both hands all over the neck of the instrument; and a joy to watch a bass player who can play four in a bar at speed and not struggle.
Normally I do not find bands without drums very interesting but the trio swung from the first note and never stopped.
An unforgettable experience. It would be great to see them in the North.
Peter N.

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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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