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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 Saturday April 29

Afternoon

1pm: Dean Stockdale Trio. 2:30pm: Abbie Finn Quartet 4pm: Rick Laughlin Trio - Quakerhouse, Mechanics’ Yard, Darlington DL3 7QF. 01325 245052. 1:00-5:00pm. Free (donations).

Evening

Dave O’Higgins with Durham Alumni Big Band - Majestic Theatre, Bondgate, Darlington DL3 7JT. Support set by Durham County Youth Big Band (7:15pm). £12.00. (+ concs).

Late night jam session - Quakerhouse, Mechanics’ Yard, Darlington DL3 7QF. 01325 245052.10:30pm. Free.

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Ruby Turner - Alnwick Playhouse. 7:30pm. £21.00. & £20.00.

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Fever & Friends - Customs House, Mill Dam, South Shields NE333 3NG. 7:30pm. £12.00. 0191 454234.

Bradley Johnston (solo guitar) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 7:30pm. No cover charge.

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

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

On the Down Beat

(Report by Russell).
Down Beat’s 80th Annual Readers’ Poll produced few surprises. The consolidation and confirmation of status is evident across the many categories. Inducted into Down Beat’s Hall of Fame is Tony Bennett. The Jazz Group award went to Snarky Puppy. Wynton Marsalis won the Trumpet section by a street with Terence Blanchard placing in the top ten. The Messengers’ alumnus – Blanchard, not Marsalis – will be at Sage Gateshead in 2016 during the Gateshead International Jazz Festival. Marcus Miller, heard recently at Sage Gateshead, came within a whisker of claiming the Electric Bass crown. A mere 13 votes separated him and the top man Stanley Clarke. They polled well over 3000 votes between them. Did the presiding officer call for a recount?
Jack DeJohnette held off Brian Blade to take the Drum award and Billy Hart – heard at the 2015 Gateshead International Jazz Festival with the Cookers – placed tenth. The top three in the Male Vocalist list were the same trio as last year, although they shuffled the order. Last year’s winner Gregory Porter dropped down to third, Kurt Elling maintained his runner up position, and last year’s third placed vocalist, Tony Bennett, won the title. A word for Jamie Cullum, he placed tenth.
Finally, BB King won Blues Artist or Group polling almost four times as many votes as Buddy Guy in second place. Robert Cray, recently at Sage Gateshead, grabbed tenth spot and Eric Bibb, appearing at Sage Gateshead in 2016, made the top twenty.
Russell.

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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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