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Michelle Coltrane: "It was Geri Allen who told me, 'Why don't you work with a guitar player? It's a lot easier. They're mobile, all the pianos are out of tune'" - DownBeat March 2018.

Verneri Pohjola: “I've been trying to get away from being 'a young and promising trumpet player' for over twenty years” DownBeat March 2018.

Today Friday February 23

Afternoon

Rendezvous Jazz - Monkseaton Arms, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. Tel: 0191 251 3928. 1:00pm. Free.

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Dock in Absolute - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 9:00pm. £10.00. (£8.00 concessions).

James Taylor Quartet - Hoochie Coochie, 54 Pilgrim Street, Newcastle NE1 6SF. Tel: 0191 222 0130. £16.00. Doors 7pm.

Bullfrog Blues Band - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

Crooners - Forum Theatre, Queensway, Billingham, Stockton on Tees TS23 2LJ. Tel: 01642 552663. 7:30pm. £20.00. Touring comedy Rat Pack production with Chris Hibbard’s nine piece Mini Big Band.

King Bees - Magnesia Bank, Camden Street, North Shields NE30 1NH. 9:00pm. Free.

Shamans Jazz Quartet + Collective Folamour - The Hearth, Main Road, Horsley NE15 0NT. Tel: 01661 853563. 7:30pm. £5.00.

Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7pm.

To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Monday, October 05, 2015

CD Review: Frank Kohl Quartet - Invisible Man

Frank Kohl (gtr); Tom Kohl (pno); Steve LaSpina (bs); Jon Doty (dms).
(Review by Lance).
After wading through the albums that land on the doormat and wondering if jazz is still jazz, along comes an album like this.
A sheer delight! Not a pedal board in sight! Barney Kessel; Herb Ellis; Joe Pass; Jim Hall and now Frank Kohl. Music to delight these jaded and increasingly confused ears! I shouldn't be reviewing this - it should be Roly, Jim Birkett, Steve Glendinning, Bradley or Giles Strong, guys who are guitarists and aficionados of this oft abused instrument. No abuse on this album! A mix of originals and gassers featuring Kohl on his third CD.
Brother Tom on piano is the perfect foil - what music must have been made in that household! Frank encountered LaSpina at a Jim Hall gig and immediately earmarked him for this recording - wise move! His solos are just perfect and Doty's drums are ideal for this line-up. Sympathetic, driving, but never overpowering. 
The instrumental version of Funny Valentine gives that overworked song a reprieve. Round About has nothing to do with midnight but swings along like a mid-afternoon stroll in Central Park.
My One and Only Love is given the treatment this beautiful tune deserves. I never knew, until now, that the composer, Guy Wood, was born in Manchester! Alone Together rounds off a superb CD.
Check him out. The album may be entitled The Invisible Man but, with this release, it could be the most inappropriate title ever - in a perfect world...
Available now on Pony Boy Records - want to buy a guitarist a Xmas present? Look no further.
Lance.

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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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