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Nate Smith: "Record labels, booking agents, management, still can't imagine the drummer as bandleader" - (DownBeat January 2019).

Today Friday December 14

Afternoon

Rendezvous Jazz - Monkseaton Arms, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. Tel: 0191 251 3928. 1:00pm. Free. Xmas party with Gavin Lee added to line-up.

Swing Manouche - Bishop Auckland Town Hall, Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL14 7NP. Tel: 03000 269 524. 1:00pm. £5.00.

Evening

Boys of Brass - George Washington Hotel, Stone Cellar Road, High Heworth, Washington NE37 1PH. Tel: 0191 402 9988. 7:00pm. Xmas party night.

Strictly Smokin’ Big Band - Gosforth Civic Theatre, Regents Farm Road, Gosforth, Newcastle NE3 3HD. Tel: 0191 284 3700. 8:00pm. £12.00. + bf. First night of two.

Danny Reed - Customs House, Mill Dam, South Shields NE33 1ES. Tel: 0191 454 1234. 7:00pm. £19.95. Xmas swing with Danny Reed.

Classic Swing - Gateshead Fell Cricket Club, Eastwood Gardens, Low Fell NE9 5UB. Tel: 0191 420 0160. 8:00pm. £5.00.

Mike Sanchez & the Portions + Groove-a-matics - The Forum Music Centre, Borough Road, Darlington DL1 1SG. Tel: 01325 363135. 7:30pm. £18.00.

Will Howard Trio - Traveller’s Rest, West Auckland Road, Cockerton, Darlington DL3 9ER. Tel: 01642 468177. 8:30pm. £10.00.

Swamp Hoppers - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.

To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Gerry Richardson's Big Idea @ Black Swan Arts Centre - A Dutch Treat!

(Review by Lance/Photos courtesy of Mike Tilley).
What's left to say about the Big Idea? We know the repertoire, we've heard it all before and yet...
...sometimes it's as if we're hearing it for the very first time! Years ago, the Ellington and Basie Bands created the same feeling and we never left those concerts disappointed and nor were we disappointed tonight.
Gerry, of course, is the key man, no pun intended, his arrangements, compositions and his smash and grab technique on the Hammond puts him right up there in the organ hierarchy. Perhaps he should change his name to Brother Gerry McRichardson!
He told me that the Big Idea's very first gig was at this same venue back in the late nineties and that several of the original musicians were in the band tonight - not David Gray though - he probably wasn't born then!
The solos were well spread out with Rod Sinclair to the fore adding his downtown Memphis cum Chicago licks as and when. The trumpets were shooting high - on a samba number I was reminded of Arturo Sandoval when Hignett hit lift off. Mark Webb too also soared. Gray didn't soar - he growled ferociously. This was Kid Ory meeting Roswell Rudd in a back alley!
Linsley floated on alto, Toms, playing hooky from a SSBB rehearsal to dep for Stuart Johnson, delivered the goods whilst Sue was simply brilliant on bari and fab on flute. She plays pretty good for a person!
On drums was Adam Sinclair - 'nuff said - they don't come any better. His solo on African Sunset a masterpiece of control, build-up and timing - what timing!
In case you are wondering about the Dutch Treat in the heading, a party from Holland were attending a conference nearby and were persuaded to go to the gig.
They seemed to enjoy it.
Maybe next stop  for Gerry and 'The Ideas' is the North Sea Jazz Festival - or indeed any festival - they'd blow it apart!
Photos.
Lance.
Gerry Richardson (Hammond/vcls); Rod Sinclair (gtr); Dave Hignett, Mark Webb (tpt/flug); David Gray (tmb); Garry Linsley (alt); Jamie Toms (ten); Sue Ferris (fl/ten/bar); Adam Sinclair (dms).

1 comment :

Hugh said...

Those who missed this will be able to catch the Big Idea (Oh, and Gerry Richardson) at Ushaw at 7pm on Friday 28th October - tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/gerry-richardson-big-idea-tickets-27543544483

P.S. I've already got mine

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