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Bebop Spoken There

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)

Today Saturday April 29

Afternoon

Rick Laughlin Trio, Abbie Finn Quartet ao - Quakerhouse, Mechanics’ Yard, Darlington DL3 7QF. 01325 245052. 1:00-5:00pm. Free (donations).

Evening

Dave O’Higgins with Durham Alumni Big Band - Majestic Theatre, Bondgate, Darlington DL3 7JT. Support set by Durham County Youth Big Band (7:15pm). £12.00. (+ concs).

Late night jam session - Quakerhouse, Mechanics’ Yard, Darlington DL3 7QF. 01325 245052.10:30pm. Free.

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Ruby Turner - Alnwick Playhouse. 7:30pm. £21.00. & £20.00.

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Fever & Friends - Customs House, Mill Dam, South Shields NE333 3NG. 7:30pm. £12.00. 0191 454234.

Bradley Johnston (solo guitar) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 7:30pm. No cover charge.

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

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Ravi Coltrane Quartet @ Sage Gateshead - July 15

Ravi Coltrane (ten/sop/sopranino); Adam Rodgers (gtr); Scott Colley (bs); Nate Smith (dms).
(Review by Lance/Photos courtesy of HarrisonAPhotography.)
The quartet hadn't had a good day. Flight cancellations and lost luggage meant them arriving from mainland Europe with barely time to eat let alone perform which, I suppose, puts the failure of my Quaylink bus to turn up at Gateshead Interchange into perspective.
These trials and tribulations didn't show. Coltrane greeted the near three tier full Hall Two audience with, "Aa ye aal reet?" - Clearly a multi-linguist.
His first language, however, is undoubtedly jazz. Having heard his dad at Newcastle City Hall some 50 years ago - that concert wasn't one of My Favourite Things - I feared the sins of the father may be replicated perhaps even multiplied! I couldn't have been further from the truth! This was contemporary, make no mistake about it, but it was also very accessible. No pet shop owners were dialling 999!
The pieces were extended, allowing the soloists to stretch out. Rodgers didn't need an assortment of pedals and effects to make his point - just an amp and a pick. Colley was pure theatre on bass, striking poses as he played and as adept with the bow as he was with the fingers. On drums, Smith was an absolute powerhouse. Thundering like ten Elvin Joneses, then moving into a soft, subtle mallet mode.
Ravi? Superb! Tenor, soprano and the rarely heard sopranino sax. The fast boppy number that closed the first set was played on the latter, the second smallest of the saxophone family (the smallest is the sopranissimo which is so small you need powerful lenses to see it and only dogs can hear it), I would guess that every saxophone player in the audience will now have sopranino sax on his Christmas list!
The material consisted of compositions by Ornette Coleman, Billy Strayhorn (Lush Life), Charlie Haden (a gorgeous version of First Song - a piece the late bassist wrote for his wife) plus originals by Coltrane [Ravi], Rodgers and Colley.
The standing ovation delivered at the end was the very least they deserved. If it had been left to me they'd have been given the Freedom of the Metropolitan Borough of Gateshead.
More photos.
Lance.

1 comment :

  1. David Keighley (on F/b)Thursday, July 16, 2015 8:25:00 am

    STELLAR gig, They were awesome

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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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