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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 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.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

GIJF: Kris Bowers @ Sage Gateshead. April 16

Kris Bowers (piano & keyboards)
(Review by Russell)
Going from one hall to another, from one concert to another, without so much as one minute’s break can make it difficult to adjust to the new sound in a new environment. The Sage One double bill – Courtney Pine-Zoe Rahman and Terence Blanchard – ran over time, meaning that those wishing to attend the late night concert in the Northern Rock Foundation Hall had to dash hoping not to miss the start of Kris Bowers’ set.
Bowers had made a start. Seated at the Fender Rhodes, a Bentley piano to his left and  Nord 2 keyboard to his right, the baseball hat wearing New Yorker, head bowed, took time to construct and loop numerous hip-hop-inflected rhythms. A one-man orchestra, Bowers played a few tunes with more than a nod to indie pop culture. Guitar, bass and drums joined him to continue the indie (band) vibe. As the gig neared its end Bowers dismissed his band mates and sat at the piano. A former winner of the TS Monk prize, Bowers spoke of his love of Monk’s compositions. He couldn’t choose one favourite, said the Jay-Z collaborator, so, over the course of ten minutes or so, Bowers played a selection of Monk melodies. This was the readily identifiable jazz element in the show. Kris Bowers can play, no doubt about it. What he chooses to play is another matter.
Russell

1 comment :

  1. Yes, when events are as tightly packed in the hours available as at GIJF, it perhaps behoves performers to run to time (much as it goes against the free spirit in jazz!).

    The Roberto Fonseca Trio gig, already delayed by 15 minutes because of the Sage One overrun, suffered a stream of latecomers being shown to their seats as Roberto was talking to the audience between numbers. It was most distracting.

    Still, at least the Sage staff did not bring them in during the music - which was excellent - as described by Russell elsewhere on this BSH in regard to the concourse Jazz Line Up stage.

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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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