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Michelle Coltrane: "It was Geri Allen who told me, 'Why don't you work with a guitar player? It's a lot easier. They're mobile, all the pianos are out of tune'" - DownBeat March 2018.

Verneri Pohjola: “I've been trying to get away from being 'a young and promising trumpet player' for over twenty years” DownBeat March 2018.

Today Friday February 23

Afternoon

Rendezvous Jazz - Monkseaton Arms, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. Tel: 0191 251 3928. 1:00pm. Free.

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Dock in Absolute - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 9:00pm. £10.00. (£8.00 concessions).

James Taylor Quartet - Hoochie Coochie, 54 Pilgrim Street, Newcastle NE1 6SF. Tel: 0191 222 0130. £16.00. Doors 7pm.

Bullfrog Blues Band - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

Crooners - Forum Theatre, Queensway, Billingham, Stockton on Tees TS23 2LJ. Tel: 01642 552663. 7:30pm. £20.00. Touring comedy Rat Pack production with Chris Hibbard’s nine piece Mini Big Band.

King Bees - Magnesia Bank, Camden Street, North Shields NE30 1NH. 9:00pm. Free.

Shamans Jazz Quartet + Collective Folamour - The Hearth, Main Road, Horsley NE15 0NT. Tel: 01661 853563. 7:30pm. £5.00.

Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7pm.

To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Sunday, April 03, 2016

Francesco Falcioni @ the Launch of the Refurbished Globe and Jazz Coop Jazz Bar.

Francesco Falcioni (pno); Dave Parker (bs); Rob Bates (dms); Ray Johnson (tpt/flug).
(Review by Lance/photos courtesy Kaveh Emami).
Turn of the year saw new tenants take over the running of the downstairs bar and with it a choice selection of real ales. Upstairs, the ale situation is improving...
Incidentally, next time you're at a jazz gig in the Globe, get there early and take in our man Ken Drew's great photos of some of the previous gigs here.
Tonight, however, the emphasis was rather more on the ground floor grooves rather than the disciples in the upper room.
Nevertheless, the room had the ambience required with no empty tables and, bang on time, the musicians were up and running. This was their first public gig, indeed, the Italian pianist confessed that this was the first gig he'd ever done with a non-Italian group.
It didn't matter, having heard Falcioni sitting in at jams I knew he could cut it and the others were no mere passengers.
Being their first gig, it was inevitable that there were moments of uncertainty but, so what? Bands who have been playing for years also have moments of uncertainty!
The set list was varied: Recorda Me (Joe Henderson); Beautiful Love (Johnson on flugel); Blue on Green (Johnson tightly muted); Ma Cerise - a tune composed by Falcioni and dedicated to someone special who was also in the room. Why didn't everyone go Aaah? Another original, Blue Marine, then a couple of Herbert's [Hancock] - Dolphin Dance and The Maze.
It was a good set: Johnson full-toned, Parker animated, Bates, becoming a contender and Francioni no longer just a guy who drops in at jam sessions.
Interval time and, downstairs, The Palominos were taking Buddy Holly's That'll Be The Day for a gallop which was when I decided that I'd reluctantly forego FF's second set.
I was in the minority - wall to wall bodies prevented even a sniff of the bar! So it was the number 12 and, this time, it did stop.
Francesco Falcioni Quartet: A work in [positive] progress.
Photos
Lance.
PS: Great to meet up again with photographer and friend Kaveh Emami - a regular at  the Jazz Café in the Crombie years.

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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.
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