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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 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.

Friday, March 06, 2015

King’s Hall Student Performances. March 5

(Review by Russell)
Members of Newcastle University Symphony Orchestra opened the one hour show with the first two movements of Ravel’s Le Tombeau. Folk singer Rachel Hamer (a future star) sang two numbers and then there were the jazz music students…
Joe Cromey-Hawke performed Steve Gadd’s famed 1984 Zildjian drum clinic demo. JCH had his eyes fixed firmly on the dots (zillions of them!) as the King’s Hall fell silent. An epic journey (seven minutes or so), Cromey-Hawke can play. Let’s hope he shows up at the Jazz Cafe’s jam session sometime soon. 
The afternoon drew to a close on a chilled vibe. Final year pianist Jamie Lawson worked alongside Ed Addo (trumpet and vocals) on two numbers – When Sunny Gets Blue (Addo without a mic) and  Just the Two of Us (Addo with mic, the dynamics so much better). Addo has a Hoochie Coochie soul voice and he too will hopefully make it to the Jazz Café. The prospect of Addo and Joe Fowler singing together whets the appetite! The duo gave us a third and final number – Addo’s I Love – and were joined by beat box drummer Dan Egdell. The Jazz Café awaits.
Leaving the King’s Hall, wandering down Northumberland Street, the sound of the all-weather busking electric bass player Ojay added to the afternoon’s entertainment. Further down the road a lone alto sax player (with kitsch backing tapes) made a fist of it on Lullaby of Birdland only to be rudely interrupted by an all-singing-all-dancing (of sorts) Hari Krishna troupe as they rounded the corner. You couldn’t make it up!  Our altoist wasn’t to be deterred moving into overdrive on the Headhunters’ Chameleon. The happy-clappy troupe admitted defeat and moved on. Meanwhile, around the corner at Grey’s Monument…Leonard (clarinet) and Florin (trumpet), aided/hindered by yet more kitsch backing were giving it some on a Balkan inspired cha cha cha number. Welcome to the weird and wonderful world of Newcastle’s live music scene!
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.)
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