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Today Tuesday May 21

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Jazz

Classic Swing - The Ship Inn, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. 0191 251 3677. 1:00pm. Free.

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Kamasi Washington - Sage Gateshead, St Mary’s Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR. Tel: 0191 443 4461. 7:30pm. £30.00.

River City Jazzmen w. Maureen Hall - Block & Tackle, Blackthorn Way, Ashington NE63 8NN. Tel: 01670 813983. 8:00pm. £5 (raffle inc.) Bob Wade, Gordon Solomon, Keith Stephen, Phil Rutherford, Tommy Graham.

Lindsay Hannon Band - Fox Inn, West End Terrace, Hexham NE46 3DB.Tel: 01434 603681. 8:30pm. Free (donations).

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Scots recreate two classics – with strings attached

(Preview by Rob Adams)
Scottish saxophonist Paul Towndrow and trumpeter Ryan Quigley will recreate two historic recordings in concert on Thursday, November 27 when they perform the music from Charlie Parker with Strings and Clifford Brown with Strings at Adelaide’s Auditorium in Glasgow.
Towndrow and Quigley will take the roles of Parker and Brown respectively, accompanied by an eleven piece chamber orchestra and a jazz rhythm section, in a concert that marks the sixty-fifth anniversary of Parker’s first recording session with strings under the guidance of legendary record producer and Verve Records founder Norman Granz on November 30, 1949.
Parker had wanted to record with strings since his friend and fellow bebop pioneer, Dizzy Gillespie’s 1946 recording of four Jerome Kern songs in a similar setting that were subsequently blocked from release by Kern’s estate, and the success of Parker’s first six-track ‘with strings’ album led to another album the following year.
By the time Clifford Brown with Strings followed in 1955, the trumpeter was able to benefit from advances in studio technology. The resulting recording, featuring Brown’s regular touring rhythm section of Richie Powell (piano), George Morrow (bass), Max Roach (drums), augmented by guitarist Barry Galbraith, made the six violins, two violas and cello string ensemble sound larger than its actual size.
The Glasgow concert aims to replicate this enhanced sound and follows Towndrow’s success this summer with his Commonwealth Games project for two big bands, Pro-Am, and recent performances with his organ trio, with the ground-breaking, award-winning horn quartet Brass Jaw and with the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra.
Quigley, who is soon to release his second album as a leader on Whirlwind Recordings, has enhanced his standing as one of Europe’s foremost trumpeters with appearances in Holland’s Metropole Orkest as well as sessions and tours with Quincy Jones, the BBC Big Band, Michel Legrand, Tim Garland, Laurence Cottle, and Vince Mendoza.
“It’s really exciting to be following in such illustrious footsteps as these iconic musicians,” says Towndrow. “It’s also quite daunting but the music they created in these historic sessions and the benchmarks they established are also very inspiring. It’ll be a thrill to stand in front of an orchestra and put our own stamp on these classic tracks.”
Rob Adams.

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