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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.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

GIJF: Evan Parker @ Sage Gateshead. April 15.

Evan Parker (tenor & soprano saxophones)
(Review by Russell)
Evan Parker is travelling to gigs throughout Europe by train. Signing up to Europe Jazz Network’s Take the Green Train scheme which encourages musicians to adopt a ‘green’ approach to travel, the veteran improviser alighted at Sage Gateshead to perform a rare solo concert.
The Northern Rock Foundation Hall, set out cabaret style with rows to the rear, attracted a large crowd. Listeners who were there first time around took their seats alongside Sage Gateshead BMus and Newcastle University (under and postgraduate) music students and Tyneside’s present day improv practitioners to hear a master musician at work. Solo, duo through to big band, Evan Parker has done it all. This solo performance consisted of two improvisations on soprano and one playing tenor saxophone. At a pre-concert talk Parker spoke about circular breathing saying once he ‘had it down’ it became an invaluable tool in performance. Favouring soprano over tenor, Parker’s dexterity and execution of ideas remain undiminished. Undemonstrative, the saxophonist stood stock still, his fingers the only visible moving parts and they were largely a blur; brain to hand, sleight of hand.
A third and final piece proved to be the highlight of the evening. Parker had earlier given the game away suggesting that he had a number of tricks up his improv sleeve. A phrase, a sequence, seemingly ‘instant composition’ wasn’t necessarily the case and, said Parker, it was only he himself who would know what was on the spot inspiration and what he had taken from his vast mental archive of past performances. This Sage Gateshead concert is now filed in Parker’s archive. You never know, subsequent performances may reference Gateshead 2016.          
Russell.

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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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