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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

1pm: Dean Stockdale Trio. 2:30pm: Abbie Finn Quartet 4pm: Rick Laughlin Trio - 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.

Friday, October 07, 2016

14 days and counting…book the baby sitter now!

The nights are drawing in, Christmas is coming, it's Vasilis Xenopoulos time! October means one thing…Vasilis Xenopoulos will soon be back in town. Book the baby sitter now! On Friday 21 October at the Traveller’s Rest in Cockerton, Darlington, the tenor saxophonist extraordinaire will once again attract a capacity audience. The doors open   at eight o’clock. Arrive by 7:30pm to join the queue, leave it any later and you can kiss goodbye to a seat! Vasi will be working with pianist Paul Edis, bassist Andy Champion and Russ Morgan (drums). If you live within a fifty-mile radius of DL3 9ER be there!

Xenopoulos and Edis cross the border – Northumberland/Cumbria – to play a couple of engagements before reuniting with Champion and Morgan at the Black Bull in Blaydon on Sunday 23. The first set starts at 8:00pm. Best seats are at a premium at Blaydon Jazz Club, therefore, the best advice is to arrive early. Seven o’clock should do it. Last year’s gig with Vasi and the boys saw the lounge bulging at the seams.
Who’s your favourite pianist? Double bass player? Drummer? Ah, yes. Americans, long since departed to the Big Jazz Club in the Sky. Jazz ain’t what it used to be, you say. Switch off telly, put on coat, head to Blaydon NE21 4JJ. Prepare to eat your pork pie hat! Paul Edis, piano, Andy Champion, double bass and drummer Russ Morgan will make you think you’re on 52nd street. Vasilis Xenopoulos is the real deal. Don’t forget your pork pie hat.  

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.
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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