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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 Sunday April 30

All Day.
Darlington Jazz Festival - details.
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International Jazz Day - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. From 2pm 'til late. Free - details.
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Strictly Smokin' Small Band - Gateshead Beer and Music Festival - Gateshead RFC, Eastwood Gdns., Low Fell NE9 5UB. £12 admission to beer festival. Band play 1:45pm - 2:35pm.
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Afternoon.
Joel Byrne McCullough - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 12:30pm. Free.
Blues @ The Bay - Tanner Smith's 17-19 South Parade, Whitley Bay NE26 2RE, 0191 2525941. 4pm. Free. Blues jam w. Scott Wall & Charlie Philp.
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Musicians Unlimited - Park Hotel, Park Rd., Hartlepool TS26 9HU. 01249 233126.1pm. Free.
Evening
Nick Ross Orchestra (Glenn Miller) - Forum Theatre, Queensway, Billingham. 7:30pm. £22 (£20.50 conc.).
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Friday, June 03, 2016

Gerry Richardson's Big Idea @ The Jazz Café. June 2.

Gerry Richardson (Hammond SK2/vcl); Rod Sinclair  (gtr); Dave Hignett, Gordon Marshall (tpt/flug); David Gray (tmb); (Garry Linsley (alt); Stuart Johnson (sop/ten); Sue Ferris (bar/fl); Adam Sinclair (dms).
(Review by Lance/photos courtesy of Mike Tilley).
A Big Idea gig is always a rollercoaster ride. The tunes, in the main, are familiar to the band's faithful following, the solos aren't. The quest to develop previous ideas ever present. Even with a dep drummer (an A-lister himself) this session never flagged. Indeed, Adam Sinclair had had a mere half hour to familiarise himself with the pad - it didn't show! 
This was one of those gigs where everyone came to the party. Rod Sinclair - Adam's uncle - demonstrated just how versatile the Fender Tele is with some sizzling solos.

On trombone, David Gray brings an earthiness to his playing that transcends genres whilst the three saxes, despite being relegated to the backline, never failed to shine. Sue on baritone and flute, Stuart on  tenor and soprano, Garry on alto were nothing less than awesome! Dave Hignett doesn't believe that the sky's the limit - for Dave it's the starting point. Mars, I'm heading your way!
Fellow trumpet man Gordon Marshall also chipped in with a couple of good solos - he should do it more often.
Then there was Gerry. Composer, arranger, singer, and Hammond operator extraordinaire!  Using the portable SK2 the sounds were, to my ears, comparable with the 10 roadies required B3 model. This was a gig that had the audience standing up and demanding more which they got with that good old warhorse Night Train.
Program:  Stone Church; Blues For Big Red; Ska Odyssey; Big Jazz Club in the Sky; African Sunset; Turnaround Shuffle; Lady Day and John Coltrane; Take the Tee Train; It's Grim up North;I Think I'll Lay Waste to Myself Tonight; All About McGriff; Samba to Phrygia; Night Train.
Lance.

4 comments :

  1. It was a fab night - the band were on fire, all of them! Top class ....... just a pity we had to slip out the door before the encore!

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  2. Good time had by all. Thank you x

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  3. Anne DeVere Harper (on F/b)Friday, June 03, 2016 10:34:00 pm

    oh my! wish I'd been there!

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  4. Isn't Sue Ferris wonderful. The word had obviously got around that it was a lady playing the baritone solo and all the ladies in the house were clamouring to get a view - go on sister. Lance and I joked with her later that we were going to buy her a bass clarinet and a box to stand on. And what a lovely girl, so concerned that I lost £50, since found in a secret compartment of my wallet that obviously wasn't a secret to my automatic reflexes.
    Incidentally, Gil Scott Heron, who wrote and recorded 'Lady Day and Trane' had a long term music collaborator - Brian Jackson on Flute - he introduces him on the live 'Bottle' and she did it proud.

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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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