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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 02, 2015

The Simon Spillett Quartet play the music of TUBBY HAYES! Ronnie Scott's Club, Sunday November 1.

(Press release)
Following on from their sell-out performance at Ronnie's in February, The Simon Spillett Quartet returns to Frith Street in November to once more perform the music of the ultimate British jazz legend, Tubby Hayes.
Led by tenor saxophonist Simon Spillett - winner of several accolades for his music, including Top Tenor in the British Jazz Awards, and latterly author of the definitive book on Tubby Hayes (The Long Shadow of The Little Giant), the quartet features pianist John Critchinson, a regular member of the Ronnie Scott group for over fifteen years, bass icon Dave Green, a player whose CV boasts such formidable names as Sonny Rollins and Coleman Hawkins and sui generis drummer Spike Wells, whose international career has seen him working with stellar jazz names including Johnny Griffin and Roland Kirk.
John, Dave and Spike all knew and worked with Tubby Hayes, with Spike a member of Tubby's big band and quartet from 1968 to 1973, lending a distinctly personal edge to this celebration.
The music played by this dynamic quartet will include themes written, arranged and associated with Hayes, including material from albums like The Jazz Couriers in Concert, Tubbs in New York and Mexican Green.
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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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