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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.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Stretch Trio @ The Bridge Hotel. January 18

Andy French (tenor saxophone & EWI), Calvin Travers (guitar) & Tom Higham (drums)
(Review by Russell/photo courtesy of Ken Drew).
A young award-winning trio rocks up at the Bridge Hotel in Newcastle in the middle of January and a half-decent crowd turns-out. Two sets of original music composed by the trio (principally Andy French and Calvin Travers) opened with The River followed by a drum ‘n’ bass infused Hectic Metric. The latter wasn’t so hectic. Similarly, Travers’ In the Open made every effort to deny the band name!
The temptation to ‘stretch out’ resisted, Travers did most of the talking, the trio did lots of playing. French switched between tenor and EWI (electronic wind instrument), tenor heard more easily than EWI. Left-handed guitarist Travers did what many guitarists are unwilling/unable to do – he had all four fingers of his right hand glued to the fret board. Drummer Tom Higham had it down and Twelve Wrongs Make a Right closed  the well-received first set.
Second set: Tom Higham took the spotlight with a drum feature on Cleopatra, followed by dynamic group interplay on Tune One (the trio’s first ever tune!). A folk melody (an intentional ‘spacey sound’ with French on EWI) for some reason encouraged Travers to kick-off his shoes (his playing unimpaired). French and Higham took five, leaving band mate Travers to play solo. This was the highlight of the evening by a stretch. First class guitar playing, a match for anyone out there. The trio reunited for an up-tempo outer.
Stretch Trio are on tour. Check them out.     
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.
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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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