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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 Friday April 28

Afternoon
Rendezvous Jazz - The Black Horse, Front St., Monkseaton, Whitley Bay NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free.
Dean Stockdale Trio - Town Hall, Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL14 7NP. 1pm. £5.
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Evening
Emma Fisk's Hot Club du Nord - St. Cuthbert's Centre, Church Hill, Crook DL15 9DN. 7:30pm.
Matt Roberts Sextet - Voodoo Café, Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 8pm. £6. 01325 467555. Darlington Jazz Festival.
Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7:00pm.
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Lazy River Jazz Band - Blenkinsopp Castle Inn, Nr. Greenhead CA8 7JS. 8pm. £5. Dancers welcome! 07721 375278 for more details.
To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Friday, October 09, 2015

Pilgrim Street Set @ Hoochie Coochie - Oct. 8

Richard Burns (trumpet), Gary Turner (tenor), Paul Edis (keyboards), Paul Susans (bass guitar) & Rob Walker (drums).
Second Thursday, First Priority, Hoochie Coochie. There may be rugby ahead but, last night, this was the best and only game in town - it invariably is (the best).
The PSS have got the art of fusing jazz and funk into a format that's acceptable to all without loss of integrity. 
Gary Turner, it should be Cooper, every solo is High Noon and it's as if this is his Last Chance saloon - no prisoners taken, which, in this corral, is OK. In the posse behind Gary, Rob and the two Pauls led the chase, shooting from the hip to the hip who responded enthusiastically. Meanwhile, the Sheriff , Richard Burns, burned. Fanning the flames, sending Gabriel to Boot Hill. In this company you either put up or shut up - Richard put up.
Getting away from Zane Grey,  this was yet another night of musical excitement with a balanced mix of originals by band members and a few contemporary compositions including a splendid version of Ornette's Ramblin' from Coleman's Change of the Century album. The piano, bass guitar and drums chorus only equalled by the free blast from the horns which was like a kind of avant garde Dixieland!
But such is the variety and excitement generated by this band that singling out pieces or players is pointless. I'd rather just surgest that you make your own pilgrimage to Hoochie on November 12. A week after Guy Fawkes the fireworks will still be going off on stage.
Photos.
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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