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Ernie Wilkins: “If you don't look at the liner notes, you don't know who in the hell it is. Everybody sounds alike, that same million-note approach. Faceless.” – (Crescendo November 1975).

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Ben Williams: “A lot of jazz today has developed this allergy to simplicity. ‘If it’s simple, that means it’s not hip’ is a theme. But sometimes the simplest thing you can do is the hippest thing you can do.” – (Down Beat August 2015).

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Today Wednesday March 22

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.
Paul Skerritt Band - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 7:30pm. No cover charge.
Levee Ramblers NOJB - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:30pm. £3.00.
John Harle and Steve Lodder - Royal Grammar School, Eskdale Tce., Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 4DX. 7pm. £20 & £10. 60th birthday tour for RGS alumnus Harl.
Chris Sharkey Trio - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £4.
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Saturday, September 19, 2015

Elliot Galvin Trio @ The Lit and Phil - Sept. 18

Elliot Galvin – Piano; Tom McCreadle – Double Bass; Simon Roth - Percussion
(Review by Steve H). 
When a Newcastle jazz audience is double the size of those up there on stage then that can be a good thing providing it is a big band they have come to see. However, when it is a piano, bass and drums combo then that's not so good. Sadly, at the Lit and Phil on Friday night, the latter applied but it did not stop the Eliot Galvin Trio from producing a wonderful set which completely enthralled the select and, dare I say it?, rather discerning audience present.
The trio, undaunted by the under capacity crowd, performed a fascinating and challenging set. The music swung from the almost totally free to the near classical. Most of the tunes played were from their debut album Dreamland but there were also a couple of well-known standards Lulu’s Back in Town and Mack the Knife on which the famous melody was played on Glockenspiel by drummer Roth. Roth in fact seemed to have many additions to the standard drum kit adding all manner of crazy augmentations to the proceedings.
Galvin also played a fascinating range of instruments including a marimba, musical boxes, a stylophone , a homemade double melodian and a toy piano which seems to be a particular favourite. In fact I felt a bit sorry for Tom McCreadle who only got to play the bass albeit magnificently especially when using the bow. The highlight of the evening for me was Tipu’s Tiger which was inspired by an exhibit at the V&A of a life size automation of a tiger eating a European! (see photo) Galvin strumming the insides of the grand piano to great effect and the whole piece really evoked the feeling of colonial India. At the conclusion of the set the enthused crowd asked for an encore and the band cordially agreed and performed Punch and Judy, aided by a cassette player with samples of an actual Punch and Judy show. At the end of the gig the delightful trio hung around to chat to the audience and the ratio of CD sales to audience members must have been close to 100%. As Mr Punch would say ‘That’s the way to do it’!
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.
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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