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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.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

CD Review: Eyal Vilner Big band - Almost Sunrise

(Review by Lance).
The Swing/Big Band era may no longer be with us but it is far from dead. I guess just about every major city in the jazz orientated world has it's fair quota of musicians who rehearse diligently in pubs and clubs, emerging every so often, to remind the public how it was, how it is and how it will be as long as there are people around who appreciate a well scored orchestration performed by persons (I almost said 'guys'!) capable of reading and blowing exciting solos. 
As we, on Tyneside and Teesside, know, this species - once filed alongside dinosaurs and brontosauri' - is very much alive.
However, this CD isn't Jurassic Park - it's Central Park - and the players are all first call musicians from the, I quote, Bustling New York Scene, hailing from all over the globe. From Asia and Australia to Great Britain and Israel.
Can anyone name the GB representative?
Israeli born leader Vilner is a superb jazzman  -  as indeed are all the blowers and there's some nice vocals in there too.
The material is from Ellington, Strayhorn, Golson, Jimmy Owens, Clark Terry, Harry Edison, Cole Porter, Billy Reid (The Gypsy), Nat Cole and Vilner himself.
Looks to be in the running for this month's CD gong.
Warning!
Tread softly if you're going out tonight, you may find sixteen dinosaurs swinging in a bar near you! Don't worry, they are tame and don't bite - apart from when they're on the stand where they may try to cut each other to death - the tenor breed, in particular, are the jazz equivalent of the sabre tooth tiger! 
Lance.
Eyal Vilner Big Band - Almost Sunrise is available on Gut String records.
Eyal Vilner (alt/fl/arr./md); + collectively, Charence Wade, Nadia Washington, Charles Turner, (vcl);  Dan Block, Andrew Gould, Asaf Yuria, Lucas Pino, Eden Bareket (reeds); Bryan Davis, Greg Gisbert,  Matt Jodrell, Wayne Tucker (tpt/flug); John Mosca, Nick Finzer, Max Seigel (tmb); Tadataka Unno (pno); Jennifer Vincent (bs); Joe Strasser (dms).

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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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