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Elkie Brooks: “He [Eric Delaney] was most surprised I could sing ‘Misty’ which is quite a big ballad.” – (R’N’R November/December 2017)

Norma Winstone: “I think a lot of young musicians are doing good stuff and trying to find a way, but I think it’s more difficult now because there’s no funding.” – (Jazzwise December 2017/January 2018)

Today Sunday February 25

Afternoon

Musicians Unlimited - Park Inn, Park Road, Hartlepool TS26 9HU. Tel: 01429 233126. 12 noon. Free.

Somethin’ Blue - Vesuvio, 3a Houndgate, Darlington DL1 5RL. 5:00pm. Tel: 01325 788564. Matt Case (saxophone) & Mike Hepple (guitar).

More Jam - The Globe, 11 Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 3pm. Free.

Evening

Just Friends - Quakerhouse, Mechanics' Yard, Darlington DL3 7QF. 6pm. £5.

Bradley Johnston - The Fire Station, High Street West, Sunderland SR1 3DT. Tel: 0191 594 7241. 6:00pm. Free. New weekly residency.

The Djooks - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

Jazz Jam - Empty Shop, 35c Framwellgate Bridge, Durham DH1 4SJ. 7:30pm. Free.

To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Saturday, April 09, 2016

Trio Subtonic @ The Jazz Café Newcastle April 8










Galen Clark (keys/melodica/electronics); Greg Gottlieb (bs); Charlie Doggett (dms). 
(Review & photo by Lance./action shot courtesy of Mike Tilley).
The audience hit double figures and included a party frae Dundee. This prompted the thought that, if the Scots could cross the Roman Wall, why couldn't wor lot make it beyond the Byker Wall?
Still, the stay at homers' missed out. 
The Trio Subtonic, from Portland, Oregon, are groove merchants through and through. It's funky, it's jazzy, it sometimes gets your feet tapping whilst at other times it's a mind exercise as Clark creates subtle electronic sounds - giving a sonic, ethereal feel. He does this, not with a multi gizmo pedalboard as guitarists often distort their instrument's sound with, but effectively, with one unit and another small box of tricks. This electronic wizardry I can handle!
Clark plays fine keyboard but, it was the windblown keyboard - the melodica - that provided the icing. I sold a lot of melodicas when I worked in that place in the Central Arcade but I'd never heard one used so effectively as this.
Charlie Doggett on drums - a jazz name if ever there was one (Bill Doggett/Charlie Parker) - he lived up to expectations. His solo on the number at the end of the first set drew the applause - don't drum solos always do?
Greg Gottlieb, a southpaw, on bass, is from Australia and only depping for this tour but, would you have guessed?
Funky, groovy, riffs, tempo changes, mood swings. You should have been there - tele must have been good tonight!
All is not lost. Trio Subtonic play Southampton's Modern Jazz Club on Sunday and NUFC are kicking a ball around against Southampton on Saturday (today). What a weekend in store for those who like to combine the joys of listening to 3 underpaid men and the pain of watching 22 overpaid men practising their art!
I had to leave early as Metros and 27 buses aren't taxis and, cabs on a Friday night are in great demand.
However, before I left, Russell and I chatted with the trio. Being from Portland, Oregon, I mentioned Rebecca Kilgore. "Becky? Great singer", said Doggett. We were on the same wavelength!

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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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