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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.

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

Henry’s Swing Club @ The Branding Villa, South Gosforth. October 6

(Review by Russell).
Henry’s Swing Club met once again in the Brandling Villa. It doesn’t resemble Chicago’s South Side in its comfortable South Gosforth location but the music evokes the ‘50s blues scene of the Windy City. Student beardy types frequent the place, office workers winding down after a day’s work sink a pint, burger orders brisk. The beauty of the monthly blues session is trying to guess which nondescript punter – is that bloke sitting over there about to sit-in? – is actually a mean blues harp player, shouter or guitar player.
Lounge Lizards’ Ron and Geoff, house band mainstays, enjoy the crack, enjoy a beer and at two minutes to nine they shout for the rhythm section boys – it’s time to go to work! In time honoured fashion the house band run through a few numbers – Don’t Lie to Me, then Geoff (guitar and vocals), lays down a killing Red House. The Brandling Villa, enveloped in a fog, customers fewer in number than usual, hearing the latter tune made the night…at ten past nine, two numbers in! Kansas City, some Bo Diddley, Need Your Love So Bad, a half hour opening set, get the beers in, the sitters-in ready to join the fray. The round-the-block, stripped-back punk poet known as Thin Man did his thing; a Buzzcocks’ thing, the Lou Reed monotone.
The Man was in the house, at the bar. The ‘Man’, Mick Cantwell. Brandling drinkers are blokes, Cantwell is a beer drinking dude. Cantwell in Gosforth or Chicago is the real deal – the best beer drinking soul-blues voice you’ll ever hear. Messin’ with the Kid with r and b tenor from Cantwell, then the best thing ever – Rock Me, Baby. Brilliant vocals with John McCree on guitar for good measure.
The house band reconvened; Route 66, a ragged Honky Tonk Women, Hey! Bartender. As blues bands go, these guys are as good as it gets. A suburban pub rhythm and blues night in a Camra recommended establishment. Bebop Spoken Here’s recommendation is to hear the voice of Mick Cantwell – first Tuesday in the month, next one November 3.    
Russell. 

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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.)
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