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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.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

JNE/Schmazz: We Free Kings @ Jazz Café - April 28

Toby Greenwood (ten); Simon Beddoe (flug); Kevin Holbrough (tmb); Jamil Sheriff (keys); Richard Hammond (bs); Dave Walsh (dms).
(Review by Lance/Photo courtesy of Ken Drew).
A musically faultless performance by this band from Leeds - do bands ever come from anywhere else but Leeds these days?  Admittedly they didn't hit the deck running - with an audience described by Paul Bream as discerning (AKA absent) -  a low key start was inevitable. However, a Wayne Shorter inspired original by one of the monarchs (Greenwood, his crown a snappy, narrow brimmed fedora) moved up through the gears and it was game on.
Sheriff, a frequent visitor to these parts, we know as an imaginative and harmonically aware player and never was this more evident than tonight. His work, in conjunction with the equally impressive bassist Hammond, was outstanding.
Greenwood, as lyrical as Stan Getz and as forward thinking a tenor player as Wayne Shorter, also writes and arranges the material which is often in the Mingus mode.
Bedoe, his coronet a  flat cap, blew flugel, quite frugal at first but, as the evening progressed, he was really wailing and on the final number (the only non original) Secret Love he had a good old, no holds barred, blast.
Holbrough, fresh from Darlo Festival where he and Sheriff formed part of the Simon Read Octet, was equally effective. His tone, smooth but with a cutting edge, the sound many trombone players would (hypothetically) give their right arm for.
Behind it all, Walsh did the woodchopping, bulldozing, piledriving, pneumatic drilling that contemporary drummers do but with a difference - he incorporated sensitivity and subtlety into the mix.
To those that weren't there - hang your heads in shame. However, as Officer i/c Raffles Bream pointed out, their absence shortened the odds against those present winning which was proven when, not only did I win but Young Pam sitting next to me also won. The prizes? a CD of your own choice from the fabled Bream Collection. I opted for Norma Winstone's Well Kept Secret. Pam's choice, at this moment in time, is also a well kept secret. 
Raffle apart, the real winners were those that made the well deserved effort to hear a splendid band.
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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