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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 Sunday April 30

All Day.
Darlington Jazz Festival - details.
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International Jazz Day - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. From 2pm 'til late. Free - details.
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Strictly Smokin' Small Band - Gateshead Beer and Music Festival - Gateshead RFC, Eastwood Gdns., Low Fell NE9 5UB. £12 admission to beer festival. Band play 1:45pm - 2:35pm.
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Afternoon.
Joel Byrne McCullough - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 12:30pm. Free.
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.
Evening
Nick Ross Orchestra (Glenn Miller) - Forum Theatre, Queensway, Billingham. 7:30pm. £22 (£20.50 conc.).
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Monday, March 14, 2016

This Thursday at the Jazz Café - Gerry Richardson's Big Idea. Don't miss it!

Gerry Richardson's Big Idea play their first gig of 2016. This is a nine piece Hammond organ based band which plays an eclectic mix of Funk, Latin, African and straight ahead Swing, both originals and covers. They will also be premiering some new compositions and arrangements.
What makes Big Idea special is not just the quality of the tunes but also that they're interpreted by a group of the North's leading player's. Lyrical altoist Garry Linsley (like rock steady drumming legend Paul Smith a regular member of Gerry's trio) lines up alongside acclaimed saxophonists Sue Ferris and Stuart Johnson, while the brass section of Mark Webb, Dave Hignett and David Gray pack a punch worthy of Muhammed Ali.
Guitarist Rod Sinclair is a virtuoso at home in everything from classic jazz to R'n'B while the whole ensemble is driven relentlessly forward by the leader's dynamic work on the Hammond Organ.
When Gerry dreamed up Big Idea, it was a great idea - providing a potent and enthralling example of 'little big band' music at its very best.

They filled Hoochie Coochie last November and this is a smaller venue so either book in advance or pitch your tent in Pink Lane now!
Gerry Richardson's Big Idea - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. Thursday, March 17. 8pm. 0181 2229882. £6/£4 under 18's with an adult.

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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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