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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.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

CD Review: Carlos Averhoff Jr. - iRESI.

Carlos Averhoff Jr. (ten); Greg Osby (alt); Aruan Ortiz (pno); John Lockwood (bs); Francisco Mela (dms).
(Review by Lance).
It says much for the world wide recognition of Bebop Spoken Here that I receive as many discs for review from Europe  and the USA as I do from UK (Scotland being a notable exception!) Such is the volume of transatlantic offerings that only a small percentage reach the page and I worry about the increased load the Boeing's have to carry - not to mention my postman's back!
Fortunately, this one safely crossed the pond and up our street!
The Yoruba of Western Nigeria, Africa, brought to Cuba their language, religious traditions, music, dance and divination system; all of which still prevails in Cuban daily life. iRESI is a Yoruba word that means the light of your soul; the lucky star on your shoulder; the energy within.
So the blurb reads.
For myself, unfamiliar with Yoruba, I can only say this is quite a compelling album covering many aspects of Jazz - past, present and future - Averhoff Jr has a lovely Hank Mobley sound - his tribute to his wife Alina must, in years to come, rank alongside the great ballad performances.
We've got Bossa, Latin - you name it, it's here. He can swing like yesterday or tomorrow. Osby is more a tomorrow man with the rhythm section certainly from today.
The leader's father was, and still, is a prominent Cuban saxophonist. Carlos acknowledges his father's playing as "The first sax sound I heard in my mother's womb."
Check it out here - it's good!
Lance.

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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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