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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 Wednesday April 26

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.
Levee Ramblers NOJB - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:30pm. £3.00.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Monday, August 03, 2015

OXYD play Nirvana @ Bridge Hotel, Newcastle - August 2

Julien Pontvianne (tenor sax); Olivier Laisney (trumpet); Alexandre Herer (keyboards); Oliver de Gabriele (bass); Thibault Perriard (drums).
(Review by Steve H.)
As keyboard player, Alexandre Herer, explained at the start of this JNE gig by French band OXYD (en route to Manchester Jazz Festival), anyone expecting a cover/tribute band would be disappointed. This was true but anyone looking forward to an evening of highly charged improvised contemporary jazz would have been only 2 sets from heaven.
Although not that widely versed in their back catalogue, as far as I’m concerned Nirvana were the last truly great rock band, so the prospect of seeing a jazz interpretation of this great music left me a little nervous. I needn’t have worried. Although the influences can be clearly heard, not just with the hard rock drum and bass rhythm section, there were also snippets of Nirvana songs buried within the performance. This though was most definitely a modern jazz gig full of great solos and energy. In fact Oliver Laisney wins my trumpeter of the year award. It appeared that the very sizable audience thoroughly enjoyed the performance and the downside of the evening was that they ran of tunes when everyone would have delighted in hearing more from this exciting outfit - Nevermind  
Steve H.

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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.)
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