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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 Sunday April 30

All Day.
Darlington Jazz Festival - details.
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International Jazz Day - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. From 2pm 'til late. Free - details.
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Strictly Smokin' Small Band - Gateshead Beer and Music Festival - Gateshead RFC, Eastwood Gdns., Low Fell NE9 5UB. £12 admission to beer festival. Band play 1:45pm - 2:35pm.
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Afternoon.
Joel Byrne McCullough - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 12:30pm. Free.
Blues @ The Bay - Tanner Smith's 17-19 South Parade, Whitley Bay NE26 2RE, 0191 2525941. 4pm. Free. Blues jam w. Scott Wall & Charlie Philp.
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Musicians Unlimited - Park Hotel, Park Rd., Hartlepool TS26 9HU. 01249 233126.1pm. Free.
Evening
Nick Ross Orchestra (Glenn Miller) - Forum Theatre, Queensway, Billingham. 7:30pm. £22 (£20.50 conc.).
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Friday, August 14, 2015

Pilgrim St. Set @ Hoochie Coochie August 13.

Richard Burns (tpt); Gary Turner (ten); Paul Edis (pno); Paul Susans (bs gtr); Rob Walker (dms).
(Review by Lance).
It's that time of the month again - the second Thursday, Time for the monthly pilgrimage to Hoochie,
Trumpet, tenor, piano, bass and drums - the classic modern jazz quintet line-up, and this was classic modern jazz in a contemporary vein. Given Rob Walker's hard hitting Hiroshima-like explosions,  it's not difficult to imagine that if Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers had been formed 50 years on they may well have sounded like this!
Mainly originals by the various band members, the overall musical concept was that of putting the boot in, the Glasgow Kiss or hitting them where it hurts.
And yet, amidst the mayhem, there was form and even sensitivity. This latter quality came to the fore in a bluesy number that had Edis playing early hours back room piano as if for some guy whose baby had left him. I think it was titled Not Everybody Knows the Blues.
A number by an Australian band, Gong? that rings a bell, saw Susans giving out with what was surely the bass guitar solo of the year!
In the front line Turner, never one for coasting, went for the jugular. From subterranean depths to harmonicspheric heights he hit the spot every time. By contrast, Burns was more restrained albeit not without making meaningful statements both playingwise and with his Aussie sense of humour. 
The annual Down Beat Critics' Poll  used to have a Talent Deserving of Wider Recognition (now called Rising Stars) section - The Pilgrim St. Set certainly meet that criteria.
They're back September 8.
However, this coming Sunday afternoon (August 16) Jason Isaacs and the Ambassadors of Swing are at Hoochie (doors 4pm, stage 5pm) so make a day of it. Providing Jason doesn't do too many encores you'll just have time to catch a bus to Blaydon where the ubiquitous Paul Edis Trio perform at the Black Bull.
Lance.
PS: Don't forget Strictly Smokin' Big Band at the Tyne Bar tomorrow afternoon. Then there's Zoe Gilby with Noel Dennis at the Jazz Café tonight whilst tomorrow night - if you're not 'smoked out'  - Paul Gowland and Bradley Johnston are at The Caff and the Ladies of Midnight Blue are at the Jazz Coop's session at The Globe. Busy weekend ahead, let's hope it stops raining!

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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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