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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 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, August 31, 2016

CD Review: Victoria Klewin And The True Tones - Dance Me To Heaven

Victoria Klewin (vocals); Sophie Stockham (sax); Paul Field (brass, harmonica); Sam Mills (keys); Paul Crawford (guitar); Mark James (bass); Tom Bradley (drums)
(Review by Ann Alex).
If I ever tire of the North East (not very likely) I’m going to live in Bristol if this CD represents the sort of music available on the ‘burgeoning Bristol music scene’, as it is described on the insert. This band produces jazz, blues, soul and funk in the form of original love songs with titles such as Not All That Glitters; Got A Question; Why Should I?. The lyrics are down to earth but well written, Ms Klewin’s voice is sweet yet gritty, with surprising depths, and the band is skilled, lively and versatile. 
This is a debut CD, paid for by crowdfunding. The songs were all written by Ms Klewin between the ages of 16 and 28 and we are told that she has many more such songs stored away for future CDs. I think we’ll hear more of her in the future.
Here is a run-down of the tracks: Can’t Help Myself – funky, brassy riffs and lively keys.
Not All That Glitters – quiet voice and guitar opening, then swinging jazz with a scat chorus to end.
Taking Me Down – discusses an unhappy love affair, rocky, funky.
Got A Question – funky brass and lovely lower tones from the vocals.
Dance Me To Heaven – jazzy with a good sax solo
Home Alone – All about seduction, not loneliness, with a chorus of just bass and finger-snapping. 
That’s How It Is – a soul style song of comfort.
For The Good Of Myself – Lyrics on the lines of ‘release me’ with a bluesy ending.
Roving Eye – Blues with a chorus of ‘free your mind’.
If This Is Love – features a sad sounding harmonica and a gospel-influenced tune.
Why Should I ? – All about a love affair which is too wild, to the sound of a keys solo and funky brass. 
The CD is self-released and available from October 2016.
Ann Alex.

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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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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.)
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