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Number 22 in World Jazz Blog Rankings

Bebop Spoken There

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

1pm: Dean Stockdale Trio. 2:30pm: Abbie Finn Quartet 4pm: Rick Laughlin Trio - 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 25, 2016

Noel Dennis Trio @ The Lit & Phil. April 22

Noel Dennis (trumpet & flugelhorn), Paul Edis (piano) & Andy Champion (double bass)
(Review by Russell, photo from a Jazz Café gig)
Another in the monthly Friday lunchtime jazz concerts at the Lit & Phil and another well-attended session. Noel Dennis has started to play more engagements following his return to the region following a stint working in Glasgow. The Glaswegians’ loss, our gain, it’s a treat to hear this most fluent of brass players in a small group setting.
Dennis recently resumed a working relationship with Paul Edis and Andy Champion and you would be hard pressed to hear a better trio. The Teesside-based trumpeter favours the Great American Songbook and its interpreters. Stella by Starlight opened the programme, Rodgers and Hart featured (My Funny Valentine) as did trumpeter and composer and firm favourite of Dennis’ Tom Harrell (Little Dancer and Sail Away). Trumpet and flugelhorn, Dennis’ endless flow of ideas never fails to impress. Intelligible, fully formed statements sets the Teessider apart from the rest. How he does it is beyond mere mortals (the Friday Lit & Phil audience) but his band mates Edis and Champion had little difficulty staying with him.
Wayne Shorter’s Fee Fi Fo Fum (solos all) and Bird’s Au Privave impressed, the latter at the to-be-expected high tempo. Noel Dennis took time out to plug Don Cheadle’s film of Miles Davis – Miles Ahead – saying he was keen to get to the cinema to see it. A good set at the Lit & Phil from a fine trumpeter, now let’s go to the cinema to hear Miles – another half decent horn player. 
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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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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