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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)

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.

Monday, September 05, 2016

Gene Ammons All Stars - a hi-fi modern jazz jam session.

As one gets older one starts thinking about old films, old books, old girlfriends... You seek out the latter only to find she now looks like her mother who wasn't exactly Miss World! Likewise, the films that you loved so much are rarely as good as they were then although often better than most of the ones we see nowadays.
Fortunately, this seems to work in the other direction jazz wise.
Faced with a pile of unlistenable CDs (to my ears - BSH reviewers the postman cometh soon!) I dug into the vinyl, no, not the 12 inchers, but that long forgotten genre, the 10" LP that started it all off.

I decided that I might as well do it alphabetically and hit on the Gene Ammons All Stars - a hi-fi modern jazz jam session.
Recorded on June 15, 1955, it reveals Ammons to be a  tenor player  capable of holding his own with the other names of the time - Dexter, Wardell, Teddy, Sonny Major and Sonny Minor* and, indeed any others who'd listened to Lester.
'Jug's in good company. The brothers Farmer on Trumpet and Bass, Lou Donaldson preaching Bird, and Freddy Roach and Klook  rounding it off. 
Listening to this tells me that, if the parade's passed me by, I'm the one that's waving farewell!
Lance.
*Stitt? Rollins? Major? Minor? You tell me!

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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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