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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 Wednesday April 26

Afternoon.
Vieux Carre Jazzmen - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
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Evening.
Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. £1. 8pm.
Levee Ramblers NOJB - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:30pm. £3.00.
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Sunday, May 29, 2016

Academy Stars - The Early Bird Band.











Ben Lawrence, trumpet, James Metcalf, trumpet, Paul Edis, MD & alto, Francis Tulip, guitar, Philip Grobe, piano, Dan Lawrence, bass and Matthew McKellar, drums.
(Review/photos by Jerry)
Durham County Cricket Club has problematic finances, struggles to get the crowds it needs, misses out on the share of national acclaim it deserves and yet the standard of cricket is second to none. Twice champions recently and flying again this year while fielding teams almost entirely of local talent nurtured in their excellent academy.
Jazz in the north-east is very similar: the playing is second to none; the area surely punches above its weight compared to other provincial regions and there is a conveyor belt of young talent, as seen here tonight, promising a continuation of that excellence!
I have seen The Early Bird Band five or six times now and their progress is nothing short of remarkable with ever-increasing confidence in the solos augmenting punchy ensemble playing. They played four numbers including Ladybird, Jerome Kern’s Yesterdays and Rollins’ Tenor Madness (“a crazy choice,” said their MD, “as we haven’t got a tenor!”). The punchy ensemble playing and confident solos were best evidenced in this last number which, from the opening bars, left no one in the audience sitting still. Well-received solos from both trumpeters were followed by the last of a series of gems from Francis Tulip, a rousing drum solo and, watched approvingly by Andy Champion in the audience, a bass solo for Dan Lawrence rock-steady but hidden at the back on all four tunes.
Well played lads!
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.
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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