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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 Wednesday April 26

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.
Levee Ramblers NOJB - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:30pm. £3.00.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Monday, February 29, 2016

Infusion Quartet @ The Quakerhouse. Feb 28

(Report/Review by Russell and Tony).
Audience numbers in Darlington continue to hold up. At Darlington Jazz Club’s recent gig at the Quakerhouse (Darlington's CAMRA Pub of the Year), there was another full house to welcome a returning local hero. Pianist Rick Laughlin, having recently left London to return to his roots, put together a quartet to play a few standards.
Tony Eales reports Laughlin coaxed a variety of sounds from his keyboard. The gig saw Alan Thompson showing off his shiny new saxophone and Anth Ord (bass) travelled up the A1 from his Yorkshire base to work alongside drummer Ian Halford. The varied pad (Bill Evans, Dexter Gordon, Grover Washington) made for an entertaining early evening set. Darlington Jazz Club’s next concert at the Quakerhouse features pianist Paul Edis on Sunday, March 13. Jonny Dunn (trumpet and flugel) will be one of the several guests. Arrive in good time for the six o’clock start. Recommended.      
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.
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