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Ernie Wilkins: “If you don't look at the liner notes, you don't know who in the hell it is. Everybody sounds alike, that same million-note approach. Faceless.” – (Crescendo November 1975).

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Ben Williams: “A lot of jazz today has developed this allergy to simplicity. ‘If it’s simple, that means it’s not hip’ is a theme. But sometimes the simplest thing you can do is the hippest thing you can do.” – (Down Beat August 2015).

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Today Wednesday March 22

Afternoon.
Vieux Carre Jazzmen - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
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Evening.
Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. £1. 8pm.
Paul Skerritt Band - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 7:30pm. No cover charge.
Levee Ramblers NOJB - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:30pm. £3.00.
John Harle and Steve Lodder - Royal Grammar School, Eskdale Tce., Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 4DX. 7pm. £20 & £10. 60th birthday tour for RGS alumnus Harl.
Chris Sharkey Trio - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £4.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Graeme Wilson Quartet/Grandma @ The Bridge - February 14

Graeme Wilson Quartet: Graeme Wilson (saxophones); Paul Edis (keyboards); Andy Champion (bass); Adam Sinclair (drums)
Grandma: Graeme Wilson (saxophones); Mark Williams (guitar).
(Review by Steve H/Photos courtesy of Ken Drew).
Where better a place to spend Valentine’s night than in the upstairs room of the Bridge Hotel? Clearly the Newcastle jazz crowd are just as romantic as I am because the venue was packed for the return of the Graeme Wilson Quartet. I doubt if any candlelit dinner could have competed with the fine fare that was served up by this marvellous band on Sunday night. This was the Saint Valentine’s Day Jazz Acre.
 All four musicians clearly comfortable in each others’ company produced a mighty fine set of straight ahead contemporary jazz. Not only did each individual produce tremendous solos but collectively they really managed to  generate a sound and feel that the audience could really get its teeth into. My only grumble would be with bass player Andy Champion, his musicianship was exemplary as ever but he let the side down badly on the sartorial front by wearing  a plain blue sweater whilst his fellow band members all sported wonderful floral shirts in keeping with the day’s theme. 
Earlier in the evening saw the reunion of Grandma - a duet comprised of Graeme Wilson and Mark Williams. The pair play pieces composed by one another. One of the pieces introduced by Graeme was described as a Mark Williams suite, which Mark translated as three tunes in a row. The pair really did seem to inspire one another. This is the third time I have seen Mark in almost as many weeks each in a different format and I must say I enjoyed this performance the most . He really did seem to explore all the nuances of jazz guitar to their fullest. In honour of the day Grandma did one beautiful melancholic ballad composed by Wilson.
At the conclusion of the night Mark joined the quintet for a great and fitting finale. A great night enjoyed by all.
Photos.
Steve.

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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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