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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 Thursday April 27

Afternoon
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - The Holystone, Whitley Rd., Holystone, Newcastle (ish) NE27 0DA. 1pm. Free.
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Evening.
Maine St. Jazzmen - Potters Wheel, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5EE. 8:30pm. 0191 4888068
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Dave Weisser & Alan Law - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8pm. £5. (Students free).
BABMUS Presents - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £3 (£2 students).
Strictly Smokin' Big Band - The Millstone, Haddrick's Mill Rd., South Gosforth, Newcastle NE3 3DB. Free. 7pm. Open rehearsal.
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Emma Fisk's Hot Club du Nord - Lubetkin Theatre, East Durham College, Willerby Grove, Peterlee SR8 2RR.7pm. £8. 07425 145549.
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Paul Skerritt Band - The Pennyweight, Bakehouse Hill, Darlington DL1 5QA. 9pm. Free. 01325 468411.
Jazz Workshop w. Matt Roberts - Art Gallery, Crown St., Darlington DL1 1ND. 6pm. £5. Registration required. Part of Darlington Jazz Festival.
Richie Emmerson Quartet w Richie (tenor); Ted Pearce (keys); Alan Smith (bass) + drums tba - Dorman's, Oxford Rd., Middlesbrough. 9pm. Free.
New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - The Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees. 8:30pm.
Pocket Jazz Orchestra + Noel Dennis (trumpet) - The Ship, Church Lane, Redmarshall, Stockton TS21 1EP. Free. 8pm.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Dean Stockdale Trio @ The Globe - Feb. 13.

Dean Stockdale (pno); James Birkett (gtr); Mick Shoulder (bs).
(Review by Lance/photo courtesy of Ken Drew.)
This was one of those eeny, meeny, miney, mo/spin a coin evenings. Two star studded pno/gtr/bass groups (one + drums) playing within a staggering distance of each other. In the end I opted for The Globe, HQ of the Jazz Co-op, although my resolution wavered as, when I made my way down those mean streets everything went black!
Friday the Thirteenth!
That good old British institution, the power cut, had struck! But, maintaining the spirit of The Blitz, we began drowning our sorrows and had almost reached the "We'll Meet Again" stage when the lights came back on in Railway Street and it was only 10 minutes past the 8pm start time.
Within 12 bars, power cuts were forgotten as Stockdale  went into Peterson's Blues Etude. After some piano foreplay Birkett and Shoulder joined in and it was game on!
Next up Jimmy Van Heusen and Johnny Burke's classic Like Someone in Love. Great solos all round and some fine interaction between piano and guitar.
Talking pianos, the Co-op's new Clavinova is without doubt as good as the real thing and streets ahead of the apology for a grand piano that Zoe Rahman had to fight with at the university on Thursday.
An unnamed bossa nova was followed by a super sensitive Over The Rainbow and more guitar/piano contrapuntal passages before the set concluded with a rousing Lady Be Good. Not surprisingly, Djangologists Birkett and Shoulder had plenty to say on this one!
Stockdale emoted musically on Alfie - as good a Bacharach song as any - then a Funky Mama had some slap bass from Mick.
If I had a dollar for every time I've heard All the Things You Are then my estate would be greater than Jerome Kern's but, it must be said, that this version could stand alongside any of them and above most. The evening drew to a close with Cheek to Cheek. There were extraneous noises intruding. Was it Oscar nodding his head and grunting approval? maybe Herb Ellis was tapping his foot and I'm sure Ray Brown was looking over Mick's Shoulder....
But no, it was actually the downstairs disco revving up!
You can never get a power cut when you need one!
Lance.
Much more to come at The Globe but make a note of Sunday March 15 - Dave Newton and Dean Stockdale two piano session!

1 comment :

  1. "Like someone in love" is one beautiful number!

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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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