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Ernie Wilkins: “If you don't look at the liner notes, you don't know who in the hell it is. Everybody sounds alike, that same million-note approach. Faceless.” – (Crescendo November 1975).

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Ben Williams: “A lot of jazz today has developed this allergy to simplicity. ‘If it’s simple, that means it’s not hip’ is a theme. But sometimes the simplest thing you can do is the hippest thing you can do.” – (Down Beat August 2015).

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Archives.

Today Wednesday March 22

Afternoon.
Vieux Carre Jazzmen - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
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Evening.
Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. £1. 8pm.
Paul Skerritt Band - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 7:30pm. No cover charge.
Levee Ramblers NOJB - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:30pm. £3.00.
John Harle and Steve Lodder - Royal Grammar School, Eskdale Tce., Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 4DX. 7pm. £20 & £10. 60th birthday tour for RGS alumnus Harl.
Chris Sharkey Trio - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £4.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Sunday, April 05, 2015

Katy Trigger/ Alan Law Duo @ Jazz Cafe - Easter Saturday

Katy Trigger (bass guitar, vocals); Alan Law (keys) + Paco Rivera (percussion)
(Review by Ann Alex, Photo Mike Tilley)
Here at BSH we never sleep, not even on bank holidays, so down I went from the Jazz Co-op Workshop to the Jazz Cafe to hear this duo which turned out to be a trio – Paco had come to carry some of the gear, then decided to stay, to play a fine array of hand drums, various shakers, tubular bells and whistles.  It wouldn’t have been the same without him.
This was great entertainment, fine playing, with more than the tinge of Latin mentioned in the Jazz cafe leaflet. Quite funky, with the benefit of jazz-like solos from all three players, and some songs from Katy, including a tenderly sung Nature Boy; Sunshine Of Your Love (I think) and others which may have been originals.  The Latin influence was there from the beginning, then Alan played lyrically on Autumn Leaves, neatly followed by an up tempo number.  We had a drum solo on hand drums; Bye Bye Blackbird introduced by bird whistles, and some good speak-easy type of playing from Alan to round off the first half.
 The second half included a beautiful What Are You Doing For The Rest Of Your Life, good solos from all three and a funkily disguised Summertime (sorry Lance, but at least it wasn’t sung!).  Alan pressed a different button on the keys to produce a sharper organ sound for the last number, then the audience demanded more and were rewarded with a South American tune, and Paco playing all the shakers and effects that he could fit in.
Ann Alex

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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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