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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.

Friday, March 11, 2016

The Jazz Clams @ The Globe - March 10.

David Keighley (saxes); Thomas MacMillan (gtr); Adrian Sander (bs gtr); Ben Grant (dms).
(Review by Lance).
The Jazz Clams - wherever did they get the name from?! - is in effect the DB Project in meltdown mode, Instead of going for the jugular the Clams take a marginally softer approach digging, not too deeply, into the GASbook along with some well-known jazz standards.

Summertime; Little Sunflower; In a Sentimental Mood; Black Orpheus; Misty; Stolen Moments and Take the L Train plus one other, the name of which I didn't catch, comprised the first set. With the exception of L Train. on which Keighley blew soprano, all were played on tenor, The man's a fluent saxophonist leaping around the horn like a potential Gold Cup winner at Cheltenham and breathing new life into the over-familiar material. My only reservation was the excessive amount of reverb or indeed why, in such a small room with a single figure audience, did he need to be miked up at all? Understandable with the hard driving "Hit him in the slats Bob"* approach of the DB Project but perhaps not so essential in the cooler climate of the Clams.
Nevertheless, it was a good set with MacMillan's guitarwork impressive, Grant's drums unobtrusive and Sanders, so laid back he makes Paul Grainger seem like a punk rocker.
Keighley picked up his alto for Take 5 then reverted to tenor for Pure Imagination. Written by Lesley Bricusse and Anthony Newley for Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory it's a classic song that reminds us that there's also a GBsongbook. 
The evening was completed with a rousing Caravan, All Blues, Fembe and A Love Supreme.
Lance.
Photos.
*A remark Bob Fitzsimmons' wife is alleged to have shouted at the ringside during her husband's heavyweight title bout with James J.Corbett in 1879. The advice was sound and Corbett was counted out in the fourteenth round.

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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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