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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.

Wednesday, April 06, 2016

Jazz Café Jam Session - April 5

(Review by Lance)
Another exciting, musically exhilarating, jam session at the Jazz Café with a few surprises along the way. The presence of Deon Krishnam on 5 string bass guitar made for a funkier approach than normal helped along by Gilligan's keyboard forays and Morgan's drums. Krishnam is a formidable player with some amazing solos that exploited the chordal possibilities of the extra string. This after just completing the 'Coast to Coast Walk - no wonder he chose to play sitting down!
These weren't the only bass guitar heroics. Later on, John Pope gave Krishnam a deserved spell and also set a few benchmarks of his own. Paul Gowland did likewise on alto.
Johnny 'Blue Hat' became Johnny 'Black Hat' and blew some funky tenor in tandem with David Gray who played colourful, and I use the word advisedly, trombone (see photo).
Falcioni, fresh from his successful Jazz Coop gig at The Globe on Saturday, fluctuated ' twixt piano and keyboard whilst Krishnam proved his versatility by grabbing the mic for a knockout vocal on Spain! The same number had Morgan hand-drumming very effectively.
Alfonso had a blast on Someday my Prince Will Come with Kalanek on drums and Gowland joined him on St. Thomas.
Michael Lamb and yet another bass guitarist, Andrew Patterson took centre stage but, sadly, my chariot awaited and it was to the strains of Joyspring that I left.
It had indeed been a Spring evening full of joy.
Photos.
Lance.
Pete Gilligan (pno/keys); Deon Krishnam (bs gtr/vcl); Russ Morgan (dms) + Paul Gowland (alt); Johnny 'Black Hat' Davis (ten); David Gray (tmb); Jordan Alfonso (alt); John Pope (bs gtr); Francesco Falcioni (pno); Nick Kalanek (dms); Michael Lamb (tpt); Andrew Patterson bs gtr.

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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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