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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

Rick Laughlin Trio, Abbie Finn Quartet ao - 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.

Friday, March 04, 2016

CD Review: Tommaso Starace/Michele Di Toro - From a Distant Past

Tommaso Starace (alto/sop); Michele Di Toro (pno).
(Review by Lance).
Those of us who recall, with pleasure, Starace and Di Toro playing a JNE quartet gig at the Chilli a few years back will have fond memories of these two outstanding players, a memory enhanced by this duo recording. Make no mistake, these are a couple of musicians at the top of their game and able to incorporate history - not just jazz history, but world history - into an intricate pattern where genre meets genre with the end result being a product that could be labelled with like accuracy under Classical or Contemporary or whatever name you choose!
Most of the pieces are by Starace although Di Toro also chips in with a couple. Like Ellington and Strayhorn, Starace and Di Toro are joined at the hip - and I use the word [hip] advisedly. Listen to The Court Jester and you'll see why! 
Starace's as hot as Rome in summer on alto, and as cool as Alaska in winter on soprano. Di Toro provides the spring and the autumn, 
A duo for all seasons but, most of all for now! 
Lance.
Available on Universal.

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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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