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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 Tuesday February 21

Jam Session - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. Free.
Charles Gordon (solo piano) - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Newcastle. 10pm - midnight. Free.
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Saturday, February 21, 2015

DB Jazz Project + Mojo Roller @ The Bridge Hotel. February 20

DB Jazz Project: Dave Keighley (tenor, alto & soprano saxophones), Tom MacMillan (guitar), Adrian Sander (bass guitar) & Ben Grant (drums) + Mojo Roller: Chris Roe (guitar & vocals), Daz Whitfield (bass guitar) & Chris Cassidy (drums).
(Review by Russell).
A jazz and blues double bill. The blues band up first. Mojo Roller played it loud, blues rock trio loud. Matt Schofield (Don’t Know What I’d Do), Robben Ford (Start It Up), the pattern set – unremittingly, ear-splittingly loud, guitar/vocal-lead blues rock.
Kings Freddie and Albert and Chris Roe’s main man SRV (Stevie Ray Vaughan) made it abundantly clear where these guys were coming from and you either went with them or – no one did – you got off at the next stop. Roe’s Stratocaster tore it up, the bass and drums team of Daz Whitfield and Chris Cassidy a rock-solid foundation. Mojo Roller need to be heard again – either toned down or in a larger venue!
The downstairs bar at the Bridge was doing good business (about ten deep at the bar) and no wonder, Schiehallion’s Bitter and Twisted was on the bar. It didn’t last long.
The jazz set. The DB Jazz Project, a quartet (three quarters round-the-block vets, one quarter new kid on the block) formed by Dave Keighley and Ben Grant (Dave and Ben, the D and B of DB fame), explored a Hawkwind to Hilliards sound world by way of Brit Pop Strat riffs. Most of the tunes originals (Funky Tune, Angel, Take the L Train) and none the worse for it, Keighley’s enhanced saxophonics (tenor, alto and soprano) reverberated around the upstairs room of the Bridge Hotel. Adrian Sander’s hypnotic bass lines freed MacMillan’s Strat to scratch and scat, and, occasionally, dazzle, fusion-style. Little Flower (one of few covers) impressed, MacMillan’s Puppeteering certainly impressed (Keighley, soprano) and the DB Jazz Project continues to develop.
Russell.

1 comment :

  1. Fantastic night we had and enjoyed the gig a lot, more to come fro us The DB Jazz Project.

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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.)
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