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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 Thursday April 27

Afternoon
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - The Holystone, Whitley Rd., Holystone, Newcastle (ish) NE27 0DA. 1pm. Free.
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Evening.
Maine St. Jazzmen - Potters Wheel, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5EE. 8:30pm. 0191 4888068
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Dave Weisser & Alan Law - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8pm. £5. (Students free).
BABMUS Presents - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £3 (£2 students).
Strictly Smokin' Big Band - The Millstone, Haddrick's Mill Rd., South Gosforth, Newcastle NE3 3DB. Free. 7pm. Open rehearsal.
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Emma Fisk's Hot Club du Nord - Lubetkin Theatre, East Durham College, Willerby Grove, Peterlee SR8 2RR.7pm. £8. 07425 145549.
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Paul Skerritt Band - The Pennyweight, Bakehouse Hill, Darlington DL1 5QA. 9pm. Free. 01325 468411.
Jazz Workshop w. Matt Roberts - Art Gallery, Crown St., Darlington DL1 1ND. 6pm. £5. Registration required. Part of Darlington Jazz Festival.
Richie Emmerson Quartet w Richie (tenor); Ted Pearce (keys); Alan Smith (bass) + drums tba - Dorman's, Oxford Rd., Middlesbrough. 9pm. Free.
New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - The Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees. 8:30pm.
Pocket Jazz Orchestra + Noel Dennis (trumpet) - The Ship, Church Lane, Redmarshall, Stockton TS21 1EP. Free. 8pm.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Damian Cook and Sam Dunn @ The Globe Jazz Bar - August 22


Damian Cook (ten/clt); Sam Dunn (gtr).
(Review by Lance)
There's a band downstairs rockin'. There's a duo upstairs swingin'. Outside there's a whole lotta thundering and lightning going on.
Not that it unnerves our duo.
They've driven up from Salisbury and are en route to Edinburgh with the Jazz Coop providing a convenient hat hanging point.
Our good fortune.
The wrath and anger of Thor fails to deter the Coop faithful who give an enthusiastic welcome - they're mindful of Cook's knockout performance here last year (he's back with band on December 20) - and only the weather wimps have taken a raincheck.
Opening with Tenor Madness, sanity prevails, no paintstripping pyrotechnics, just straight down the middle swing. There's a delightful feeling of pre-bop 52nd St about Cook's playing whilst one man rhythm section Dunn fills the room with harmony.
The interplay between the duo is fascinating each man drawing inspiration from t'other.
Tea For Two - Dunn decides to stand up - Cook switches to clarinet -  plays a Louis Bonfa tune and remains with the Boehm system for the aptly named C'est Si Bon.
A virtuoso-like guitar intro to the equally appropriately named It Don't Mean a Thing if it Ain't Got That Swing keeps our feet tapping and takes our minds away from the rock band downstairs and the ever intensifying storm outside. More exciting interplay before Skylark relaxes us and I Got Rhythm brings the set to a close.
Time to top up on Marston's Pedigree - a tried and tested remedy for all weather conditions.
Clarinet once more for Keeping Out of Mischief Now; a stunning Four Brothers - how can one saxophone and one guitar sound like the Woody Herman sax section?!; Li'l Darlin'; No More Blues and Gentle Rain - the most inappropriate title of the evening!
I venture out into the not so gentle rain, miss the bus, swim to the Central Station, miss my Metro and queue for a taxi.
Newcastle nightlife, however, doesn't let a flash flood bring it to a halt even though the rain appears to have caused the girls' dresses to have shrunk - bring it on!
Bedraggled, soaked and sneezing it has still been a night to remember!
Photos.
Lance.

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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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