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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 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.

Wednesday, November 04, 2015

CD Review: Ernie Krivda - Requiem for a Jazz Lady.

Ernie Krivda (ten); Lafayette Carthon (pno); Marion Hayden (bs); Renell Gonsalves (dms).
(Review by Lance).
Described as "A heartfelt love letter to his native city [Cleveland, Ohio]," Requiem for a Jazz Lady is, although basically a happy record showing off Krivda's big sound; Herschel Evans, Ike Quebec, Guy Lafitte just some of the names that are triggered off by his full, round, tone, it is also steeped in tragedy. The title track reflects on the brutal murder in 1964 of 16 year old Beverly Jarosz. A crime still unsolved but recently re-opened by a cold case division.* This was at a time when Krivda was making his way around the Cleveland jazz scene, gradually making a name in his home town, and the music, apart from Requiem, is inspired by happier memories of those days. It's the kind of tenor we rarely hear now apart from say Harry Allen and Scott Hamilton (and, of course, our own Steve Andrews). 
Ernie Krivda is on that elevated level.
Carthon is the perfect foil, his solos matching the leader's with Hayden and Gonsalves rock solid throughout.
All but one of the compositions are Krivda's, Billy Reid's I'll Close my Eyes being the exception.
A beautiful mixture of joy and sorrow. 
Requiem for a Jazz Lady is released by Capri Records on Nov. 17.
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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