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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, May 19, 2015

Hot Sardines @ Sage Gateshead - May 18

Miz Elizabeth (vcl/washboard); Evan 'Bibs' Palazzo (pno); Jason Prover (tpt/vcl);  Nick Myers (ten/clt); Joe McDonough (valve tmb/tpt); Evan 'Sugar' Crane (bs); Alex Raderman (dms); Fast Eddie Francesco (hoofer/uke).
(Review by Lance).
I knew it would be good but - never in a million years did I think it would be this good! Wonderful is the best I've managed to come up with but it's nowhere near. Perhaps Cole Porter, who was never far away tonight could do better - Napoleon Brandy, Mahatma Gandhi will do for starters!
This was the 1920s/30s done to perfection but with the feel of today. If you've heard Marty Grosz or Vince Giordano then you'll know which ballpark we're in.
Miz Elizabeth doing the vocals has the longest legs I've ever seen! If, in the unlikely scenario I got into a clinch with her, her lips would be only slightly closer than the moon (anyone got a rocketship timetable?) Voicewise she did the business good and engaged the three tier full Hall Two audience with much charm and wit comparing Newcastle and Gateshead to New York and New Jersey.
To describe the highlights would be a task beyond anyone. Even Dostoevsky, who was known to go on a bit, would have failed to capture the evening in less than 3 volumes. So, I can but say we had some Bixian trumpet, Brad Gowans on valve trombone (with just a hint of Brookmeyer), BG on gobbo and maybe early Hawk on tenor. Fats on piano, Pops on bass and Wettling/Krupa/Tough on kit.
Oh yes then there was Fast Eddie. Eddie tapped his way through most numbers - apart from when he was playing uke - and prompted the thought - if you can't get a drummer for your gig - hire a hoofer!
The ovation at the end of the non-stop two hour set was off the standing variety. Those who didn't stand stamped their feet and whistled and woo-hooed. Gig of the century - any century! three hours later I'm just coming down to earth.
Lance.

1 comment :

  1. It was one of those to remember - red hot swinging 20's to 30's jazz performed by musicians at the top of their game, and presented in a lively, vibrant show that had us all begging for more!

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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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