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Allison Neale: “It’s difficult if you play mainstream in the UK, it isn’t appreciated enough. The current scene seems to focus on musician-composers.” - (Jazz Journal April 2013).

Liam Noble: “I know some people think playing standards is old-fashioned but I love it.” – (Jazz Journal January 2016).

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Today Monday February 20

Afternoon.
Jazz in the Afternoon - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
Evening.
Holy Moly & The Crackers + Rob Heron & The Tea Pad Orchestra - The Cluny, Lime St., Newcastle. 7pm. £10.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Sunday, November 01, 2015

Buck Clayton Legacy Band @Sage Gateshead – a postscript

(Review by Hugh C).
Following Russell's excellent (and accurate) review I would like to add my two penn'orth (1/21st of Three and Six if my maths is correct!).
The brave few ventured forth on the Saturday morning following to attend the Buck Clayton Legacy Band Workshop.   We duly arrived and were ready and waiting (watches synchronised) outside the Northern Rock Foundation Hall at 0955h sharp.  After a while one of the Sage Gatehsead stewards arrived and seemed surprised to find the the tickets we eagerly proffered clearly bore the words Start Time:  10:00 AM.  The band apparently were under the impression that the workshop commenced at 10:30 AM!  One disgruntled punter muttered the word ridiculous, but, hey man – that's Jazz!
The upside was we had time to grab a coffee to take in.  As we entered the Hall the band's instruments were already laid out on their stands ready.  The full line-up from Friday night were there by 1020, no-one looked the worse for wear, although the trombonist, Adrian Fry, did try and blame a lapse of memory during the morning on the earliness of the hour!
The workshop commenced with a rousing rendition of Cotton Tail.  The next musical item was Take the A Train – the first part in the arrangement used in the Friday gig and the second part straight.  The overall format of the morning was music/talk/music....  Alyn Shipton gave a brief introduction as to why the Buck Clayton Legacy Band were playing Duke Ellington (one of the reasons was that Buck and Duke were long-time friends, and indeed Duke Ellington was best man at Buck's wedding).  Each of the Legacy Band musicians was then asked to paint a word picture of the Ellington Band musicians who would have played their instrument(s).  Some of these pictures took the form of a question and answer dialogue between the band members.  The result was a fascinating insight into the history and practice of the Ellington Band and the approach that 21st Century musicians took to this music. 
The next musical item was an illustration of a contrafact - a term apparently only recently introduced to the remainder of the band by Alan Barnes.  A contrafact is a musical composition consisting of a new melody overlaid on a familiar harmonic structure (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Contrafact) and was beautfully illustrated by playing Johnny Hodges' Shady Side (as on the Friday evening), but this time  preceded by a short extract from On The Sunny Side of the Street.
When the time came for Bobby Worth (the self-declared oldest member of the band) to talk drummers he revealed the ace up his sleeve.  Bobby had actually seen the Ellington band play on two separate occasions in London. 
The morning was a tour de force, both on the part of the band themselves and the audience who numbered as many as a cricket team, but were richly rewarded and also contributed themselves to an informed and interesting discussion during the workshop.
The band (as we were informed on several occasions) had a gig to get to in Maidstone the same evening and were keen to get on the road.  An invited audience request of Mood Indigo provided an illustrative Ellingtonian ballad (exquisitely played) followed the band's choice of the more up-tempo Rockin' in Rhythm for a finale.
All in all an excellent combination – and congratulations to Ros Rigby and the Sage for programming these two events.  It's a shame that there was not a larger audience for the workshop, but this was more than made up for by the near sell-out attendance the evening before.
Hugh.

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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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