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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 Thursday April 27

Afternoon
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - The Holystone, Whitley Rd., Holystone, Newcastle (ish) NE27 0DA. 1pm. Free.
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Evening.
Maine St. Jazzmen - Potters Wheel, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5EE. 8:30pm. 0191 4888068
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Dave Weisser & Alan Law - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8pm. £5. (Students free).
BABMUS Presents - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £3 (£2 students).
Strictly Smokin' Big Band - The Millstone, Haddrick's Mill Rd., South Gosforth, Newcastle NE3 3DB. Free. 7pm. Open rehearsal.
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Emma Fisk's Hot Club du Nord - Lubetkin Theatre, East Durham College, Willerby Grove, Peterlee SR8 2RR.7pm. £8. 07425 145549.
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Paul Skerritt Band - The Pennyweight, Bakehouse Hill, Darlington DL1 5QA. 9pm. Free. 01325 468411.
Jazz Workshop w. Matt Roberts - Art Gallery, Crown St., Darlington DL1 1ND. 6pm. £5. Registration required. Part of Darlington Jazz Festival.
Richie Emmerson Quartet w Richie (tenor); Ted Pearce (keys); Alan Smith (bass) + drums tba - Dorman's, Oxford Rd., Middlesbrough. 9pm. Free.
New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - The Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees. 8:30pm.
Pocket Jazz Orchestra + Noel Dennis (trumpet) - The Ship, Church Lane, Redmarshall, Stockton TS21 1EP. Free. 8pm.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

GIJF - Arun Ghosh Sextet - Sage Gateshead April 15

Arun Ghosh (clt); Chris Williams (alt); John Ellis (pno); Liran Donin (bs); Dave Walsh (dms); Sarathy Korwar (tabla).
(Review by Lance).
The opening day of Gateshead International Jazz Festival promised much and delivered more!
Ghosh is one of the jazz extroverts - his version of Indo-Jazz is far removed from the Joe Harriott/John Mayer Indo-Jazz Fusions band of the 1960s yet just as relevant in today's terms.
They have fun, the two horns blend. They blow solos that become duets. Call and response passages that are complementary rather than competitive. As a guy I spoke to in the pub said to me later, "You couldn't add another instrument, not even a guitar." He was right, I doubt if even a sitar could sit in.
Ghosh, the barefoot clarinetta, can sound like just about anyone. Swaying, sinuously moving, both snake and snake charmer, he alternated between pure classical and earthy New Orleans (or should that be New Delhi?) proving that the old gobstick is still one of the most versatile horns around... Williams is the perfect foil - without a sheet of MS between them they read each other's mind. Clever Fakirs!
Ellis was superb, whether sensitively exploring Mountain Summit or making Mister Steinway turn in his grave on the Vindaloo numbers, he was on the rupees. We had to wait till the end for Donin to workout although he'd limbered up throughout the gig (104 mins without intermission) providing solid support.
Walsh and Korwar mixed jazz and rock with the exotic rhythms of the east - at times, when the frontline men were blowing, the result had an almost Celtic feel.
That Sage Two was near 3 tiers full came as no surprise - Ghosh is an entertainer as well as an ace jazz clarinettist. 
Earlier, Ghosh, who'd been working with the children of Roman Rd., Primary School, Gateshead for the past few days, said, referring to the children's set on the Concourse, "Them kids blew me off the stage!"
An exaggeration, perhaps! On tonight's performance, I doubt if anyone could have blown him, or the sextet, off the stage. Still it was good of him to say this and he wasn't being patronising.
Today, at 11am he works with even younger children in "Jazz for Toddlers".
Lance.

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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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