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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, October 16, 2015

CD Review: Herb Silverstein - Younger Next Year

Herb Silverstein (pno); Jeff Rupert (ten); Marty Morrell (dms); LaRue Nickelson (gtr); Michael Ross (bs).
(Review by Lance).
On a day when I'm listening to CDs, grimacing and wondering which of my sidekicks I can palm this one or that one off on, midway through the pile, I hit on this one - a gem!
Dr. Herb Silverstein is a renowned American ear surgeon, inventor and philanthropist. His CV also states that he's the founder and president of the Silverstein Institute and the Ear Research Foundation in Sarasota, Florida.
He's also an author, a composer and - a jazz musician!
This sounds a bit like he's a Jack of all Trades - brought up glued to the family Steinway. 
Not so.
Amazingly, after his sons introduced him to the music of  Chick Corea and Herbie Hancock he decided to learn the piano! Probably in his '40s/'50s at the time. his intellect enabled him to  grasp chord changes and patterns and now he's a highly regarded jazz composer and pianist. I'd gamble he's tops in the ear game too. The highest compliment in the jazz world is to say that he/she's got ears - Silverstein's got 'em!
Not a virtuoso pianist, but a very inventive one who slots in perfectly with his colleagues. Rupert is superb on tenor (he's heard Getz) and Nickelson is up there with him. The tunes are amazing. My first thought was, why aren't these numbers part of the standard jazz repertoire or, if they had words, the GASbook?
If you like Bebop, Bossa, Swing, Latin, Ballads or just music...
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.
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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