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Buddy Rich: "You either swing a band or you don't swing a band - (Metronome April 1956).

Sinclair Traill: “Well I don't think he (Chet Baker) can sing either.” – (Jazz Journal August 1956).

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Lance

Today December 14

Afternoon

Interim Recitals (Final Year Music Students) - Recital Room, Armstrong Building, Newcastle University NE1 7RU. Inc. Ben Richardson (jazz piano) 10:00am.

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Road, Holystone NE27 0DA. Tel: 266 6173. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Christmas Swing w Danny Reed - Customs House, Mill Dam, South Shields NE33 1ES. 7:00pm. £18.95.

Indigo Jazz Voices - The Globe, 11 Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £5.00.

New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees TS18 4AW. 8:30pm.

Maine Street Jazzmen - Potter’s Wheel, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5EE. Tel: 0191 488 8068. 8:30pm. Free.

Tees Hot Club w. guests - Dorman’s Club, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Tel: 01642 823813. 8:30pm. Free.

Durham University Big Band - Riverside Bar, Dunelm House, New Elvet, Durham DH1 3AN. 8:30pm (doors 8:00pm). Free admission. The band’s ‘Jazzy Christmas 5’.

WCEA Big Band - Whitburn Church of England Academy, Whitburn SR6 7EF. Tel: 0191 529 3712. 7:00-9:30pm. £4.00. (£10.00. family of three). Tickets must be purchased in advance by December 8th. ‘Christmas Swing-a-long’ to include school choir. Whitburn Academy competes regularly at the annual Great North Big Band Jazz Festival.

To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

The Bill Laurance Project @ Sage Gateshead. May 26

Bill Laurance (keyboards), Michael League (double bass, electric bass & Moog synth), Robert ‘Sput’ Searight (drums) with the West Side Trio: Vera van der Bie (violin), Isabella Petersen (viola), Annie Tangberg (cello) + Katie Christie (French horn)
(Review by Russell).
Michael League and co came, saw and conquered. That was a little over a year ago. The Snarky Puppy phenomenon shows little sign of abating with this Bill Laurance return to the scene of their triumphant debut appearance – at Sage Gateshead. The keyboards man has been on a European tour promoting the release of his latest CD and this last leg – the British dates – has been a homecoming for the Brooklyn-based Londoner.
Snarky Puppy gigs often feature upwards of ten musicians on stage (forty and more have been known on more than one occasion!) but for this tour Laurance has brought with him his regular rhythm section partners – bassist Michael League and groove machine Robert ‘Sput’ Searight (drums). Hire a string trio (the West Side Trio), add a brass player and an altogether different sound emerged…at times. Full on, high level volume, subtlety isn’t a priority for these boys. Strings and horn plugged in to the power supply. Chamber music? Not a chance! Groove merchant Searight hammered his pneumatic bass drum, giving the others no option but to crank it up. Laurance’s new album – Swift – featured heavily, and a couple of cuts from his debut CD Flint made it onto the set list.
December in New York, a trio work out on The Good Things, a League arrangement of an Indonesian-inspired The Isles (Snarky Puppy’s reach embraces festival dates in the Indian Ocean) and Smokers Castle elicited huge applause from the Hall Two standing crowd of devoted followers. Laurance surveyed the scene from his three-sided control room of six or seven keyboards (including a house Steinway, Fender Rhodes and his new toy capable of pitch-bending notes – ‘the future for keyboards’, claimed the main man).
The second set offered more of the same (a French horn solo offered something different) with Denmark Hill perhaps the pick of the night. The Real One (a pitch-bending feature), bassist League alternating between electric and heavily amplified double bass, some West Side Trio features and, to close the set, the opening track on Swift, Laurance’s Fjords.
The Snarky Puppy lot tour relentlessly. Laurance and League have come a long way from their days of post-gig fish and chips in Bridlington (they had a Chet Baker tribute band!). Laurance’s Swift project will be filed in the archive, Snarky Puppy will write many more chapters before they are done.      
Russell.

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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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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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