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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 Friday April 28

Afternoon
Rendezvous Jazz - The Black Horse, Front St., Monkseaton, Whitley Bay NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free.
Dean Stockdale Trio - Town Hall, Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL14 7NP. 1pm. £5.
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Evening
Emma Fisk's Hot Club du Nord - St. Cuthbert's Centre, Church Hill, Crook DL15 9DN. 7:30pm.
Matt Roberts Sextet - Voodoo Café, Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 8pm. £6. 01325 467555. Darlington Jazz Festival.
Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7:00pm.
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Lazy River Jazz Band - Blenkinsopp Castle Inn, Nr. Greenhead CA8 7JS. 8pm. £5. Dancers welcome! 07721 375278 for more details.
To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Thursday, May 05, 2016

VEIN w. Greg Osby @ the Lit & Phil - May 4.

Michael Arbenz (pno); Thomas Lehns (bs); Florian Arbenz (dms); Greg Osby (alto). 
(Review by Lance/photos courtesy of Ken Drew).
In the film, The Third Man, Harry Lime, played by Orson Welles, famously says, "In Switzerland they had brotherly love - they had 500 years of democracy and peace, and what did that produce? The cuckoo clock."
Well Harry, if you hadn't been shot dead in that sewer in Vienna, you'd have realised that the cuckoo clock has been joined in the list of Swiss achievements by the trio known as VEIN which also features brotherly love!.
VEIN, making a return visit to the Lit and Phil, had star American alto saxist Greg Osby with them and the portents were for an evening of exciting and innovative jazz.
The portents got it right!
A mix of originals by pianist Arbenz and Osby had the audience at this very well attended Jazz North East gig showing their appreciation in no uncertain terms.
Call me old-fashioned, but when I noted that Osby was suited and bow-tied I automatically knew this would be the real deal, and it was. Having said that, there was nothing dated about the music. This was driving, 21st century, jazz with a punch that Rocky Balboa could only dream about.
Osby blows with a passion reminiscent of the days when JNE regularly presented American Jazzmen at the Corner House whilst the guys from Switzerland were equally impressive. Michael Arbenz displayed a near classical technique that, at times, thundered or, on occasion, brought to mind the sound of gentle rain. Both moods inventive. Brother Florian, sporting what we used to refer to as a 'county cap', dropped the bombs strategically and accurately without damage whilst upping the excitement level. On bass, Lehns, full-toned and resonant, provided the harmonic pulse as well as holding the listener's attention during his solos and not many bass players can do that!
It's early days but this could well be in the running for the Gig of the Year!
Lance.

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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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