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Bebop Spoken There

Michael Feinstein: “Fred Astaire is my favorite singer. To me, he was the perfect interpreter of American popular song.” – (Jazz Times December 2014).

Bud Shank: “Once I saw California – that was it, I stayed.” – (Jazz Journal May 1991)

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Today Sunday February 26.

Afternoon.
Mark Williams (solo guitar) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 12:30pm. Free.
More Jam - Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 3pm. Free.
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Blues @ The Bay - Tanner Smith's 17-19 South Parade, Whitley Bay NE26 2RE, 0191 2525941. 4pm. Free. Blues jam w. Scott Wall & Charlie Philp.
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Musicians Unlimited - Park Hotel, Park Rd., Hartlepool TS26 9HU. 01249 233126.1pm. Free.
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Evening
Maine St. Jazzmen - Seaton Sluice Social Club, Collywell Bay Rd., Seaton Sluice NE26 4QZ. 8pm. £4.
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Shaun Henderson Band - Quakerhouse, Mechanics Yard, Darlington. 6pm. £5.
Jazz Jam - Empty Shop, 35c Framwellgate Bridge, Durham DH1 4SY. 7:30pm. Free.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Saturday, February 27, 2016

The Riviera Quartet @ The Jazz Café - Feb. 26

Pete Tanton (tpt/flug); Mark Williams (gtr); Paul Grainger (bs); Russ Morgan (dms).
(Review by Lance).
A rare appearance by the newly titled Riviera Quartet drew a goodly throng to Pink Lane and they weren't disappointed. 
It was a special treat to hear the American trumpet/flugel horn player soloing at length as opposed to the shorter blasts he's allotted with SSBB.  Flowing, lyrical lines; melodic, but with a cutting edge. On guitar, Williams was in overdrive. Woodstock revisited. Hendrix, Clapton, Metheny - Mark peddles excitement - or should that be pedals?
Morgan too was in the ass-kicking business. Booting, driving, spurring his colleagues on whilst, laying back when the mood demanded it.
Amidst it all stood Grainger, cooler than a cucumber, steadying the ship, The Rock of Gibraltar could learn a thing or two from Paul.
The name of the group, the Riviera Quartet, was inspired by the 1960's Dizzy Gillespie recording -Dizzy on the French Riviera - although all but one of the tunes played by the quartet were originals by either Tanton or Williams.
As the last number drew to a close the audience showed their appreciation by either clapping their hands, or, in Chaplin's* case, wagging its tail.
Let's hope this band shows up again soon - after all, you can't let a Jack Russell down!
Lance.
*Chaplin, Lindsay Hannon's Jack Russell terrier.

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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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