Tees Hot Club w. Jeremy McMurray (keys); Kevin Eland (trumpet); Mark Toomey (alto) - Dorman's, Oxford Rd., Middlesbrough. 9pm. Free.
New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge Hotel, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees. 8:30pm.
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Sunday, January 10, 2016
Alan Glen Trio @ The Globe Jazz Bar - January 9.
Alan Glen (pno); John Pope (bs); Paul Wight (dms). (Review by Lance).
The wet weather continued and I pondered upon the wisdom of making the tortuous bus/metro/bus journey to Jazz Coop HQ as opposed to sitting in the warmth of a centrally heated home with a glass of wine, a book of verse and a CD playing.
Fortunately, the former prevailed, a rare outing by the Alan Glen Trio was not to be passed by and I'm pleased to say that many others were of the same mind. The tables in the small room were all occupied creating a warm ambience enhanced by the music.
Three players at the top of their game blending seamlessly. Paul Wight driving with sticks, cajoling with brushes; John Pope - the Kreisler of the double bass and Alan 'The Monarch of the' Glen.
To describe Alan as the doyen of northeast jazz is but to state an indisputable fact. From the opening Love For Sale to Tune Up (there was more but bus beckoned) we were treated to a feast of piano trio jazz.
Like Someone in Love; Beautiful Love; Nightshade (Glen original?); If I Were a Bell; What's New? (The ultimate ballad performance!); All Blues; Woody'n You; If I Should Lose You; How Deep is the Ocean filled in the gaps.
Timeless piano playing.
Brilliant bass playing, not without a few humorous phrases.
Fours with some meaning.
It was still raining as I left but who cared? Photos.
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.)