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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.

Saturday, August 08, 2015

The Early Bird Band @ The Jazz Café - August 7.


Paul Edis (clt/md); Ben Lawrence (tpt); Dan Lawrence (bs gtr); Francis Tulip (gtr); Matt MacKellar (dms).
(Review by Lance).
Taking leader Edis out of  the equation the average age of the band was about 15/16. Close your eyes and the sounds you were hearing came from a much more mature ensemble. Due, no doubt to the ministrations of Paul Edis via Sage Gateshead's Jambone band and the monthly Early Bird workshops run by Edis at the Lit and Phil from whence the band name evolved. All involved can be proud of tonight's session
MacKellar, a frequent jammer at the Tuesday night jam sessions, knows how to drive a band as was displayed in the opening St. Thomas. Edis, later compared the role of a drummer to that of a goalkeeper in as much as you only notice him if he makes a glaring error. Using this analogy he may be needed up the road at Gallowgate on Sunday!
Scrapple From the Apple didn't have a 1,2, a 1234 count in - more of an 'on your marks, get set go' instruction and the musical Olympians of the future burst from the blocks intent on glory with gold medals all round!
With the emergence of Bradley Johnston from the Jambone ranks I thought lightning couldn't strike twice but, in Francis Tulip, we have a talent to cause Bradley to start looking over his shoulder! At 17, he displays a rare maturity in his playing albeit without losing the freshness that only youth can bring - watch this space!
The brothers Lawrence - apologies Dan I didn't quite get you in the picture - were well featured. Ben on Autumn Leaves and Dan on Now's The Time as well as making significant contributions to Tadd Dameron's Ladybird, All the Things You Are and Oleo.
Another Dameron tune would have been appropriate - Our Delight!
Lance.
PS: Oh yes and then there was 'old man' Edis on clarinet - BG Lives! Full marks, not just for his command on this, among the most difficult of instruments, but for his skill and patience in bringing these callow youths to such an enviably high standard - chapeaux!

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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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