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Allison Neale: “It’s difficult if you play mainstream in the UK, it isn’t appreciated enough. The current scene seems to focus on musician-composers.” - (Jazz Journal April 2013).

Liam Noble: “I know some people think playing standards is old-fashioned but I love it.” – (Jazz Journal January 2016).

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Today Monday February 20

Afternoon.
Jazz in the Afternoon - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
Evening.
Holy Moly & The Crackers + Rob Heron & The Tea Pad Orchestra - The Cluny, Lime St., Newcastle. 7pm. £10.
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Sunday, October 23, 2016

CD Review: Matthew Kaminski Quartet w. Kimberley Gordon - Live at Churchill Grounds


Matthew Kaminski (Hammond SK2); Will Scruggs (sax); Rod Harris Jr. (gtr); Chris Burroughs (dms); Kimberley Gordon (vcl).
(Review by Lance).
Kaminski has a regular gig down in Atlanta GA. playing to a crowd of 40,000 each session and he does it over 80 times each year. That's 3 million listeners! Well, maybe they don't listen too intently having other things on their minds like if the Atlanta Braves can beat The Mets. Yes, Kaminski is the resident organist at all of The Braves home games. He doesn't play much jazz at the ball games. However, away from the ballpark, ensconced in Atlanta's premier jazz spot, Churchill Grounds, it's a, pardon the pun, a whole different ball game.
Some of the most swinging, funkiest organ playing since the heyday of Smith, McDuff and McGriff. Kaminski hits home runs on every track of this most enjoyable CD. 
Sail on Sailor (Brian Wilson); Hot Dog (Lou Donaldson); Midnight Special (Jimmy Smith); If I Had You (vocal by Gordon); So Danco Samba (Jobim - vcl Gordon); Just Squeeze me (Ellington - vcl Gordon); It Shouldn't Happen to a Dream (Ellington - vcl Gordon); April in Paris (inspired by Wild Bill Davis/Basie version, vcl Gordon); I Love Being Here With You (vcl Gordon); A Real Goodun' (Jack McDuff).
Apart from Kaminski, there's blistering tenor from Scruggs, simpatico guitar from Harris Jr. and kickass drumming from Burroughs.
The vocals are handled by Kimberley Gordon who has an Ella-like feel for the lyrics which doesn't do any harm whatsoever! 
If he was in the UK I could recommend him for a gig at the Stadium of Light - Sunderland need all the help they can get.
However, as he ain't, perhaps the 'Black Cats might look to Gerry Richardson?
As David Moyes is probably not going to take up my suggestion then fans of our local Hammond Hero will have to Hootchie along to 54 Pilgrim St., Newcastle, on Thursday (October 27) where Gerry's Quartet take centre stage at 8:30pm. It's free.
Lance.

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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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