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Bebop Spoken There

Camille Thurman: "Their [Tia Fuller & Mimi Jones] advice? If you're going to sing and play, be great at both or don't bother." - (DownBeat November 2018).

Greg Fishman: "I've loved playing music since I was 12, practising 8 hours a day, because I loved doing it every minute." - (DownBeat November 2018.)

Today Thursday October 18

Afternoon

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Road, Holystone NE27 0DA. Tel: 0191 266 6173. 1:00pm. Free.

Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society - Gateshead Central Library, Prince Consort Road, Gateshead NE8 4LN. 5:00pm. Fortnightly meeting. This week: Artie Shaw Story

Evening

Strictly Smokin’ Big Band - St James’ & St Basil’s Church, Fenham Hall Drive, Fenham, Newcastle NE4 9XP. 7:30pm. £10.00.

Olie Brice Quintet - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. Tel: 091 222 9882. 8:00pm. £10.00. & £8.00. JNE.

Maine St. Jazzmen - Sunniside Social Club, Holywell Lane, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5NJ. 8:30pm. Free. Sitters in welcome!

New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees TS18 4AW. 8:30pm.

Tees Hot Club w. Richie Emmerson (alto); Dave Stansfield (tenor); Ted Pearce (keys) - Dormans Club, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Tel: 01642 823813. 9pm. Free.

Freshers' Jam - Bar Loco, Leazes Park Rd., Newcastle NE1 4PG. 8pm till late. NUJO invite sitters-in to join them for a jam.

To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Laura Jurd's Dinosaur/Lab Trio @ the Lit and Phil - Nov.12

A Match and Fuse gig
Laura Jurd's Dinosaur: Laura Jurd (trumpet); Elliott Galvin (piano); Conor Chaplin (electric bass); Corrie Dick (drums).
Lab Trio: Bram de Looze (piano); Anneleen Boehme (double bass); Lander Gyselinck (drums).
(Review by Steve H/Photos courtesy of Ken Drew).
Laura Jurd has visited Tyneside several times in recent years and on Wednesday night she returned to the Lit and Phil with an original line up which had not previously played here before. The band rebranded as Dinosaur proved to be anything but extinct. The set started off safely and pleasantly with all 4 musicians demonstrating their considerable talents both collectively and individually. 
Laura then introduced a piece she had previously played in Newcastle with a string quartet whilst also explaining that Conor Chaplin’s electric bass had somehow got left behind, luckily local hero bass supremo Andy Champion was able to provide a suitable replacement.  
The rendition of Happy Sad Song proved to be one of the musical highlights of the year each member of the band reaching uncharted territory as the music swirled and soared gloriously throughout the auditorium. The playing seemed to move through all the different musical genres – classical, funk, free jazz, bebop and back again. Jurd’s use of electronics with the trumpet were marvellously innovative. At the end of the extended piece the audience were completely enthralled - the collective work of the quartet having inspired and moved everybody present.
Earlier in the evening, we were treated to a performance by Lab Trio. Previously my 3 favourite Belgians were Rene Magritte, Plastic Betrand and Tin Tin (given the nature of the blog we must also mention saxophone inventor Adolphe Sax), De Looze, Boehme and Gyselinck will now need to be added to this illustrious list. The trio, almost Jarrettesque in style, played a mixture of original and covers to great effect. Unfashionably communicative for a bass player, Boehme introduced band members and the tunes played. The range went from Bach to the theme from Twin Peaks . On their original composition Two Polar Bears, Boehme enhanced the instrumental with some atmospheric vocals. The final piece of the trio’s set took me a while to work out but it was a charming interpretation of 80’s pop legend Rick Astley’s Never Going to Give You Up.
Between the two sets, as is customary with Match and Fuse gigs, a combination of the bands merge together for a collective improvisation. On this particular evening we were entertained by a combination of Jurd and Dick from Dinosaur and Boehme and de Looze from Lab Trio.
Steve H.

2 comments :

stef vonk said...

Pssssttt it's Boehme ;)

Lance said...

Apologies. Editorial errors now corrected.

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