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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)

Friday April 28

Afternoon
Rendezvous Jazz - The Black Horse, Front St., Monkseaton, Whitley Bay NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free.
Dean Stockdale Trio - Town Hall, Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL14 7NP. 1pm. £5.
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Evening
Emma Fisk's Hot Club du Nord - St. Cuthbert's Centre, Church Hill, Crook DL15 9DN. 7:30pm.
Matt Roberts Sextet - Voodoo Café, Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 8pm. £6. 01325 467555. Darlington Jazz Festival.
Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7:00pm.
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Lazy River Jazz Band - Blenkinsopp Castle Inn, Nr. Greenhead CA8 7JS. 8pm. £5. Dancers welcome! 07721 375278 for more details.
To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Jam Session @ Jazz Café - November 18.

Peter Gilligan (pno); Paul Grainger (bs); Paul Wight (dms); Bradley Johnston (gtr) + Paul Gowland (alt); Yuya Honami (dms); Kath Jobes, Ann Alex (vcl); ? (fl).
(Review by Lance).
The students were out in force tonight. Noisy, boisterous, but, nevertheless, adding a welcoming ambience that surely served to draw the passing stranger inside. Nothing more forbidding to the curious than the sepulchral silences that pervade at some gigs.
Johnny Mandel's Emily set the scene. Cool and relaxed in 3, the 4 on stage gave a 5 star performance and this was but the beginning. Mancini's Two For the Road didn't raise the game but it didn't lower it either.
Bouncing With Bud [Powell] would surely have met with the composers approval as Gilligan gave the venue's recently acquired electric piano a workout it won't forget in a hurry. Things Ain't What They Used To Be and Willow Weep For Me had Bradley laying down some nice guitar licks alongside the pianistics with two of the three Pauls providing the sympathy and support.
The third Paul [Gowland] joined the jam as did a Japanese student [English and Maths] on drums.
Scrapple From The Apple was the test piece and Yuya Honami graduated with Honours. The crispest brushwork this side of Chico Hamilton. As for Paul III he too was on fire with some blistering alto on Scrapple, marginally more restrained on Autumn in New York, before re-fanning the flames on Blues For Alice.
Honami, as befits a student of Maths, had no trouble handling the 3/4 time of Jim Hall's delightful Waltz New - let's hope he hangs around town for a while.
Two of the BSH ladies seized control of the mic. First up was Kath Jobes who sang Autumn Leaves with an unknown flautist who stayed on board for Ann Alex (On Green Dolphin St & Secret Love). Tivoli saw Gowland return to the fray where he truly let fly on Have You Met Miss Jones and How High the Moon/Ornithology. Needless to say, Gilligan was with him every step of the way, The satisfied smile on Grainger's face confirmed that the recipe was being cooked to perfection whilst Wight, no doubt inspired by young Yuya, ensured that this perilous Lunar Mission landed safely.
The bad news is that the specially brewed Geordie Jazz Ale is no longer, yours truly drunk the last bottle.
RIP Geordie Jazz - I knew you well.
Lance.

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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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