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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 Friday April 28

Afternoon
Rendezvous Jazz - The Black Horse, Front St., Monkseaton, Whitley Bay NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free.
Dean Stockdale Trio - Town Hall, Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL14 7NP. 1pm. £5.
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Evening
Emma Fisk's Hot Club du Nord - St. Cuthbert's Centre, Church Hill, Crook DL15 9DN. 7:30pm.
Matt Roberts Sextet - Voodoo Café, Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 8pm. £6. 01325 467555. Darlington Jazz Festival.
Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7:00pm.
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Lazy River Jazz Band - Blenkinsopp Castle Inn, Nr. Greenhead CA8 7JS. 8pm. £5. Dancers welcome! 07721 375278 for more details.
To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Friday, February 27, 2015

More Jam @ The Globe. February 22

(Review by Russell)
The Newcastle Jazz Co-op’s monthly jam session designed for the more experienced musician drew a healthy number of participants (two or three of them being first time visitors) to the Railway Street venue located just off Scotswood Road between Metro Radio Arena and Newcastle College. The Findens (Stuart and Fiona) led the friendly gathering and Stuart opened on guitar with Ain’t Misbehavin’, Bernie’s Tune and, at violinist Kay Usher’s suggestion a Latin feel on Out of Nowhere.
The guitarists walked in. Friends Tom Lapworth (Ibanez) and Fardin Esfandiari (Strat) sat in on Ladybird, Solar and Blue Bossa. Young and talented, these guys are sitting in around town – catch them at a jam session soon. In walked John Rowland. With Stuart Finden on tenor preferring to leave the six string work to the young guns, a three-tenor horn section (the Findens and Rowland) played some bop, then the session’s highlight featured fabulous tenor from JR on In a Sentimental Mood.
The vocalists (an all-female roll call) had their say; Minnie Fraser Ain’t Misbehavin’, Julie Autumn Leaves and Ann Alex Fly Me to the Moon. ‘Mr Barman’ (aka Keith Barrett) grabbed the chance to play his wide-body Gibson on Bye Bye Blackbird. Graham Morris (yet another young guitarist) joined the party on Days of Wine and Roses.
Good to see Ray Truscott out and about. Our six-string maestro didn’t hang around too long (two or three tunes), but the stuff he laid down had ‘quality’ written all over it. The afternoon’s three hour session flew by and special mention for the bass and drums boys – Andrew and Andy – who worked ceaselessly for the love of it. More Jam meets again on Sunday 22 March (3:00-6:00pm). Free admission to performers and listeners alike. The ‘other’ jam session at the Globe – Am Jam – takes place next on Sunday 8 March, same time, same place. Led by Keith Barrett, if you are looking to sit in and gain invaluable experience in a non-competitive, supportive environment, this could be the session for you.    
Stuart Finden (tenor saxophone & guitar), Fiona Finden (tenor saxophone & vocals), John Rowland (tenor saxophone), Kay Usher (violin), Tom Lapworth (guitar), Fardin Esfandiari (guitar), Graham Morris (guitar), Keith Barrett (guitar), Minnie Fraser (vocals), Julie Allen (vocals), Ann Alex (vocals), Andrew  Porritt (double bass), Ray Truscott (electric bass) & Andy McClellan (drums)
Russell.

1 comment :

  1. I must apologise to Russell and the participants at the jam for the delayed posting of his review. This was due to problems with my PC which have hopefully been resolved.
    Similar apologies to those who have sent me a mountain of CDs for review - these may take a little longer!

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