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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)

Friday April 28

Afternoon
Rendezvous Jazz - The Black Horse, Front St., Monkseaton, Whitley Bay NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free.
Dean Stockdale Trio - Town Hall, Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL14 7NP. 1pm. £5.
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Evening
Emma Fisk's Hot Club du Nord - St. Cuthbert's Centre, Church Hill, Crook DL15 9DN. 7:30pm.
Matt Roberts Sextet - Voodoo Café, Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 8pm. £6. 01325 467555. Darlington Jazz Festival.
Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7:00pm.
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Lazy River Jazz Band - Blenkinsopp Castle Inn, Nr. Greenhead CA8 7JS. 8pm. £5. Dancers welcome! 07721 375278 for more details.
To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Friday, April 01, 2016

CD Review: Adison Evans - Hero

Adison Evans (bar/alt); Matthew Jodrell (tpt/flug); Mathis Picard (pno); Dan Chmielinski (bs); Roberto Giaquinto (dms); Melanie Charles (vcl - 3 tks).
(Review by Lance).
In this, her debut album, Evans pays tribute to those Heroes who have shaped her into the person/musician she is today. These heroes are Beyoncè with whom Evans toured the world, Stevie Wonder, her musical mentor, Steve Wilson, her saxophone hero Sonny Rollins and no doubt many others.

Evans has that lovely fruity baritone sound reminiscent of Gerry Mulligan but with perhaps a little more warmth and she can play the, in other hands, lugubrious instrument with the fluidity of a fast-fingered tenorist. The ideas flow logically - Gary Smulyan has got a fight on his hands come DB Poll time!
Jodrell plays trumpet like Lee Morgan or Freddie Hubbard reincarnated. He's a blower and another one to look out for.
Given her Beyoncè background, it's not surprising to find a Ms B tune on the album. Blue, sung by Melanie Charles. Charles also provides the vocals on a couple of Evans' originals - Mama and Do What's Best for You.
Piano, bass, and drums provide the support needed making this a most listenable album as well  as putting Evans and Jodrell on my 'Names to look out for in the future' list. - add Melanie Charles to the list, in fact, let's keep an eye out for the whole band!
Lance.
Available now on Adi Tone Records.

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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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