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Bebop Spoken There

Miles Kington: "If the intake of alcohol fails to improve a jazz player's performance, why do jazz listeners think it improves their appreciation?" - (Jazz Express October 1982).

Barbara Jay: "My first gig was at the Astoria, Charing Cross Rd. It seemed like a den of iniquity to me. All the Soho girls were there and the gigolos with their old women paying them to dance..." - (Jazz UK May 2008.)

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Today Sunday February 26.

Afternoon.
Mark Williams (solo guitar) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 12:30pm. Free.
More Jam - Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 3pm. Free.
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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.
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Evening
Maine St. Jazzmen - Seaton Sluice Social Club, Collywell Bay Rd., Seaton Sluice NE26 4QZ. 8pm. £4.
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Shaun Henderson Band - Quakerhouse, Mechanics Yard, Darlington. 6pm. £5.
Jazz Jam - Empty Shop, 35c Framwellgate Bridge, Durham DH1 4SY. 7:30pm. Free.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Jeff Herr Corporation @ Jazz Cafe - Sept.29


Jeff Herr Drums; Maxime Bender  Sax; Laurent Payfert  double bass
(Review by Steve H/Photo courtesy of Ken Drew.)
Prior to attending this gig I had the rather unpleasant experience of dining in one of those all you can eat world buffets so popular with the social media generation of today. One is able to sample food from all over the planet  burgers,  burritos,  Bolognese,  black bean beef and  bhuna to name but a few which seem to have nothing in common apart from a lack in overall quality. Funnily enough there was no food on offer from the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg but luckily, on the same evening, there was a gig on at The Jazz Cafe where this small European country was represented and this time the fare certainly didn't lack any quality.
The drum, bass and saxophone trio format seems to be becoming increasingly popular. The absence of a piano seems to increase the intensity of the performance.  The Jeff Herr Corporation hail from Luxembourg  and on Tuesday night produced two sets of high octane, complex  and invigorating jazz in their first ever UK performance. Each band member is a gifted musician in his own right but when they played together they really hit a groove and were able to carry the audience with them.  Apart from a marvellous interpretation of David Bowie's The Man Who Sold the World, with the theme magnificently improvised on sax by Maxime Bender, all the other tunes were originals including a sumptuous ballad inspired by Herr's 6 year old daughter. The piece, entitled Journey To Bliss, was introduced with a wonderful bass solo from the only non-native Luxembourger in the band - French man Laurent Payment. The final piece, the title track of their album, Layer Cake included a mesmerising drum solo from the band leader, and incredibly affable MC, Jeff Herr.  So, after a rather indigestible start to the evening a musical delight emerged.  I can safely say that the Luxembourger trumped the Hamburger.
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.)
Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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