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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.

Monday, May 04, 2015

Jazz Co-op @ The Globe: The Yuya Honami Trio: Saturday May 2

Yuya Honami (drums); Pete Gilligan (piano); Paul Grainger (bass)
(Review by Ann Alex)
Not your usual jazz trio at all.  A hugely enjoyable gig and also simply very interesting to watch and hear.  Not ‘interesting’ the way some reviewers use the word politely to mean ‘not very good’, but really, truly interesting because of the sound produced and the nature of the arrangements. The drums were an integral part of the band in an equal partnership, sometimes leading the tunes, and always playing a full part in the arrangements, whether in call and response with the piano, beating along with the piano’s rhythm, introducing riffs to the bass.  And what a drummer! People who have been to the Jazz Café Tuesday jams will have seen this drummer taking the place by storm.  If you haven’t yet seen him, do so soon, you’re in for a treat.  Even if you don’t like drums!

I hardly need say that the piano and bass were well up to the job, with some superb solos, Pete flowing along as usual and Paul playing well, dependable when necessary, walking along well, and producing beautiful melodies as appropriate.  But it was maybe the arrangements that made the gig, and I suspect that all three players had a hand in that.
The numbers included Brubeck’s Take Five; Oscar Peterson’s Hymn To Freedom; The Sunny Side of The Street; Nica’s Dream; Caravan; Strasbourg St Denis(?); Stablemates; My One And Only Love; Green Dolphin Street.  The final tune of the night before the encore was Brubeck’s Blue Rondo a La Turk. This is one of my all-time favourites – I loved this track long before I entered the jazz world properly about 4 years ago, so imagine my delight!  I simply want to laugh out loud when the tune switches from an ethnic sounding tune to sophisticated jazz within a few bars.
It was good to see the jazz bar full and many of the audience were new faces, student friends of the drummer.  I hope they keep on coming.  I’ve missed a few tunes from the list above, because I was trying to learn serving at the bar, as well as listening to the music.  It’s all part of being involved in a co-operative, and we are looking for more volunteers to serve in the bar, on the door, deliver leaflets etc, etc.  Good for your CV.  Fancy being a volunteer? Just thought I’d mention it!

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.
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