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Allison Neale: “It’s difficult if you play mainstream in the UK, it isn’t appreciated enough. The current scene seems to focus on musician-composers.” - (Jazz Journal April 2013).

Liam Noble: “I know some people think playing standards is old-fashioned but I love it.” – (Jazz Journal January 2016).

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Today Monday February 20

Afternoon.
Jazz in the Afternoon - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
Evening.
Holy Moly & The Crackers + Rob Heron & The Tea Pad Orchestra - The Cluny, Lime St., Newcastle. 7pm. £10.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Thursday, December 04, 2014

Samuel Eagles Quartet @ The Globe - Dec. 3

Samuel Eagles (alt/sop); Ralph Wyld (vbs); Daniel Kasimir (bs)[ Eric Ford (dms).
(Review by Lance)
I'm not going to review this gig save for saying that it lived up to, and beyond, the expectations raised by listening to their CD. I raved about it in my review but did our readers take note? Did they ....! Well those sad souls missed out big time! The band replicated the album live and the few believers in attendance seemed to concur.
I try to cover most of the jazz venues north and south of the Tyne and, as my listings show there are many of them, yet very few fans appear at all of them.
This isn't a re-run of the old Trad/Modern wars - Mouldy Figs v Dirty Boppers but a territorial thing. Seems as though if you go to gig A at such and such a place you're a traitor by attending gig B at another place on another day and so it goes on.
For me, my love of jazz is such that I go where the music takes me. One of the saddest things about last night's gig was the fact that although the Co-op has 200 shareholders only a very few show up at gigs. Not all of them live out of the area so surely one would think that by showing up they'd be protecting their investment?
Maybe I'm being naive and there is something I'm missing - I hope not!
Getting back to the gig. The previous two "profile" gigs featured Clark Tracey and Matthew Home - two of the UK's finest drummers - Eric Ford is also in that league. Kasiimir - here with Clark Tracey last month - is a proven first bass man, Wyld ranks alongside Jim Hart and Chris Jelly whilst Eagles can hold his own with any alto player in the UK. If that doesn't equate with quality then tell me what does?
Lance.

2 comments :

  1. You can't go to all of the gigs all of the time. Anyone going to any jazz gig should be celebrated no matter where.
    Though cowards flinch and traitors sneer
    We'll keep the jazz flag flying here

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  2. Samuel Eagles (on Twitter)Saturday, December 06, 2014 7:56:00 pm

    Thanks Lance for the great review of our gig at Jazz Co-op.

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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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