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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.

Friday, April 29, 2016

The Gala Big Band, @ The Gala Theatre, Durham - April 28

(Review by Jerry)
At the end of a dismal day, weather-wise, this rapidly improving big band (even bigger when augmented with a percussionist) gave a packed Gala audience a musical treat to cheer and warm. It was great fun!
The opener was one of the band’s favourites – Flight of the Foo Birds – and was followed by Miller’s Little Brown Jug featuring an excellent tenor sax solo. My apologies for being unable to name individuals – even the MD, Paul Edis, struggled with that in a name-check towards the end of the evening. My excuse (and his) was that it is a VERY big band.
Next up was a vocalist, Johnny Roxburgh (?) who likes Sinatra and who performs his songs with some panache. Here, it was I’ve Got You Under My Skin and in the second set we had Come Fly with Me: excellent stuff from this young Sage student.
Perdido followed, performed by a “small band” consisting of the rhythm section plus about 9 of the horns – a format repeated on two numbers in the second set: All Blues and Blue Monk.
This “small” format got even smaller as George, the pianist, on his last gig with the band (he will be much missed) did a dreamy duet of A Nightingale Sang in Berkley Square with Paul Edis on clarinet. Next, to wake us all up again, it was carnival time in Durham with the Edis’ original Mighty Samba – apparently inspired by a Nissan Micra! This is a great tune, made all the more Latino-rhythmic by the additional percussion available tonight
Georgia Brown got good applause, as always and then the first set stormed to a close with Techtonic, a high-octane Edis’ original featuring four baritone saxes and “rock” guitar in the talented hands of Francis Tulip
In the second set, All of Me featured Dave Skipsey on trumpet and Tuxedo Junction was greeted with whoops and cheers.
The MD admitted that his inclusion of Summertime in the set-list was ironic in a week which saw hail stop play at Durham’s Riverside Ground! The irony was then compounded in the second vocal offering of the evening with its repeated line about “weather-wise it’s such a lovely day…” Well, a lovely evening, anyway.
Despite one of them being entitled Mercy, Mercy, Mercy, the last two numbers were undiluted joy. First was The Timothys – familiar to all who have the Mr. Hipster CD, but here played with driving electric bass, an infectious guitar riff, and an absolute blast of sound from the many horns. Edis (wearing his MD hat) praised the band for their progress in such a short time, reminding us that this is a “hard tune”. The band absolutely aced it!
Jerry.

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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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