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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 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.

Monday, April 04, 2016

Geoff Schofield on Tubby, Coltrane


Well, this one came out of left field!
 Geoff's brother Graham was playing drums in a function band I was fronting back in 1899 (ish!) and Geoff was starting to frighten me with his tenor playing! He eventually took over my second tenor chair in the Newcastle Big Band when I decided to concentrate on the function band (I think we called them Dance Bands in those days).
Nevertheless, we hung out in the Kelly pub in Hebburn most Wednesday afternoons along with his brother Graham, Charlie Carmichael, Bill Shaw and any other passing musical imbibers. A record session invariably followed, my wife sweeping out the dead bodies - ah  happy days!
Graham went to sea and eventually ended up in Devon, Bill remained in Pelaw and I, in Hebburn. Geoff headed west and now lives in Maryland.
So it was with great delight that I read the following:
Hi Lance,
It’s been a while, I hope you are Tip Top. Since we last conversed the sax has been in and out of the box a couple of times. I’d like to say it is now out for good – but we’ll see. I’ve been practicing like mad for about 9 months now and I’m actually blowing reasonably well. I thought you might be interested in an old (1960) interview with Tubby Hayes (probably my favorite tenor player when we used to hang out at the Kelly). I hope you can get this Youtube clip, (title and URL below) Tubby makes a most prophetic statement about John Coltrane and Giant Steps at 4 mins 35 sec. 
Tubby Hayes Interview Circa 1960 (Part Two) @ 4 mins 35 secs 
Speaking of Giant Steps, check out this cool video: Watch this Colorful Animated 'Giant Steps' Video! I think you might like it.
I’m sure your aware of this page on the “Sting” web page,
(http://www.sting.com/discography/album/317/Albums - a nice acknowledgment of his formative years. 
Keep up the good work and keep well.
Geoff.

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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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