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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

Rick Laughlin Trio, Abbie Finn Quartet ao - 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.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Seminary to Quakerhouse, it’s all jazz to Eales

(Report by Tony Russell)
Bebop Spoken Here’s Durham Dalesman Tony Eales is equally at home taking a pew in a place of worship as he is in frequenting a den of iniquity. On Friday evening our southern correspondent went to a big band gig. No surprise there given that Eales thinks nothing of making a trip to Los Angeles to hear a big band. Friday’s concert was somewhat closer to home in the splendour of Ushaw College on the outskirts of Durham.
The Customs House Big Band played well, reports Eales. MD Peter Morgan has acquired a new guitarist…one Bradley Johnston (1st Class of course). As always Ms Ruth Lambert sang with the band. Eales made a quick head count (quickly losing count) of those taking a pew.

Early Sunday evening TE went to see a man about a dog. The Quakerhouse, tucked away in Mechanics’ Yard just off Skinnergate in Darlington, is one of a number of venues used by Darlington Jazz Club. Anything but a dive, more a proper pub, recognised by Camra’s local branch as a gem, the pub hosts blues and rock gigs and, fortnightly Sunday, a really good jazz gig. Sunday’s really good gig featured the Dean Stockdale Trio. TE reckons the line-up handled a mixture of standards and originals with aplomb. There’s no reason why anyone would think otherwise as pianist Stockdale is working with bassist Mick Shoulder and ace drummer Adam Sinclair. An attentive audience enjoyed two sets in the compact upstairs room of the award-winning hostelry.

Russell

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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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