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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)

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.

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

CD Review: Daniel Herskedal - Slow Eastbound Train

Daniel Herskedal (tuba/bs tpt); Eyolf Dale (pno); Helge Andreas Norbakken (perc); The Trondheim Soloists (string chamber orchestra).
(Review by Lance)
A Norwegian tuba led quartet with a string chamber music quartet, do I need this?
Truth is I don't!
However, having said that, Herskdal is quite an amazing tuba player who produces a sound as mellow as many a trombone and flugel player. No longer a string bass substitute the instrument here is lyrical to the extent that it's not always easy to define the tracks where he plays the big one and the tracks where he uses the not so big one!
The band do some nice things behind him and the chamber music quartet aren't too intrusive but, as pleasant, and at times thought provoking, as the experience is I doubt if it will receive a third play.
Well, it did receive a third play and, as I became more involved in the music, I was increasingly drawn to the plaintive sound of the tuba and, indeed, I could envisage the progress of the Slow Eastbound Train - at times I was in the Dining Car, whilst at others I was in a double berth with a Nordic Princess. Music is the most evocative of the arts!
This is one for the listener to pass his own judgement on!
Lance.
Daniel Herskedal - Slow Eastbound Train was released on Monday April 6 by Edition Records (EDN 1057)

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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.)
Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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