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Frank Tate: “Travelling’s part of life. It just goes with the job. It’s in one’s best interests, I think, to enjoy it, because it’s sure what you’re gonna be doing!” – (Jazz Journal February 1992)

Joe Temperley"I was on the bus as Carney's replacement. I said to Harold Ashby 'Where are we going?' He answered 'What difference does it make?' " - (Jazz UK January 2013.)

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Today Sunday January 22

Afternoon.
Joel Byrne McCullough (solo guitar) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 12:30pm. Free.
Going Dutch (part 1 of Double Dutch gig) - Lit & Phil, 23 Westgate Rd., Newcastle NE1 1SE. 2pm. £12/£10. JNE.
Alan Law - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle NE1 1RQ. Free 2.pm 0191 2331010.
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Musicians Unlimited - Park Hotel, Park Rd., Hartlepool TS26 9HU. 01249 233126.1pm. Free.
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Evening
Going Dutch (part 2 of Double Dutch gig) - Lit & Phil, 23 Westgate Rd., Newcastle NE1 1SE. 7pm. £12/£10. JNE.
Anth Purdy & Friends - Prohibition Bar, Arch 3, Brandling St., Gateshead NE8 2BA. 6pm. Free with a 'jar at the bar' collection.
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Jam Session - Empty Shop, 35c Framwellgate Bridge, Durham DH1 4SY. 7:30pm. Free.
To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

CD Review: Leonard & Florin - Jazz

(Review by Russell).
Newcastle’s buskers are many. Many of them are good, very good. Singer/songwriters, operatic tenor, classical violinist, masked Death Star mini-keyboardist, kitchen-sink percussionist, imperious, looping jazz-funk bassist, brass collective, long-haired fret-shredder. And then there is the Romanian duo Leonard and Florin.
Clarinettist Leonard and altoist Florin pitch-up at a number of locations around town. A regular spot outside the historic grade one listed Grainger Market on Clayton Street sees them jostling for position with ‘independent’ street traders (newly acquired sportswear, cigarette lighters etc). Jazz-leaning populists, Leonard and Florin have recorded a debut CD titled Jazz. A kitchen table enterprise (flimsy, cracked plastic cover, a jagged-edged inlay), imaginatively titled tunes including Happy of Clarinet, Make This Knife (sic) and Take the Train (sic), everything about Jazz suggests it has been a labour of love. 
The ten tracks are in reality nine (someone can’t count), the running order doesn’t in any way correspond with the music heard (in fact some of the tunes listed aren't on the CD!) and, best of all, Leonard and Florin play along to a succession of kitsch backing tracks.
The jazz element on the recording is strictly limited. The melodies are played with ease, punter friendly, sing-a-long presentation the objective. The CD is available direct from the on-street duo. The price is negotiable. A first enquiry met with the response ‘£10.00.’
A trip round the market (cheese, veg etc), then exiting near the still-playing duo, a shout of ‘£5.00.’ from Florin, the altoist, sealed the deal.  
Jazz is unlikely to make Bebop Spoken Here’s shortlist for CD of the Year. However, if the duo of Leonard and Florin made it along to the Jazz Café’s regular jam session there is little doubt they would hold their own playing some real jazz. An invitation beckons.      
Russell.

1 comment :

  1. I heard them in South Shields in March - they must have been on tour. The line-up then was clarinet and trumpet.
    They can play.

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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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