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Bebop Spoken There

Cécile McLorin Salvant: “I feel like once the song is gone, it’s gone. Music is the fleeting art form – it should be.”(Down Beat October 2017).

John Beasley: “So many jazz band leaders nowadays, they really want to plan out their sets. I came up with guys that read the crowd.” – (Jazz Journal October 2017)

Today Friday November 24

Afternoon
Rendezvous Jazz - The Monkseaton Arms, Front St., Monkseaton, Whitley Bay NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free.

Graham Hardy & Paul Edis @ Gala Theatre, Millennium Place, Durham DH1 1WA. 03000 266 600. 1:00pm. £5.00.

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Evening

Sandrani - Jazz Café, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 8:45pm. £10.00. & £8.00. JNE Women Make Music.

Swamp Hoppers - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

Skidoo 52: The Joint Is Jumpin’ - Middleton & Tonbridge Village Hall, Middleton, Morpeth NE61 4RA. 01670 772600. 7:30pm. £8.00. adult, £4.00. child.

Rendezvous Jazz - Riverdale Hall Country House Hotel, Bellingham NE48 2JT. 01434 435402. Three-day event, two night stay £164.00.pp, band performing evening Friday 24 & Saturday 25.

Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7pm.

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

Sunday, October 09, 2016

Francesco Falcioni Quartet @ The Globe Jazz Bar - October 8

Francesco Falcioni (pno); Dave Parker (bs); Rob Bates (dms); Ray Johnson (tpt/flug).
(Review by Lance).
A workmanlike performance by four stellar musicians. Although no boundaries were stretched, the music was anything but insular, reaching out to the 15 or so souls who'd made the pilgrimage to the Jazz Coop's HQ in NE4.
It was a bit like old times with a rock band belting out mega decibels in the downstairs bar, rarely in time or in tune with the more sedate goings on upstairs, but seemingly to the delight of the clientele.
The quartet opened up with Joe Henderson's Recorda Me. FF elected to use the Rhodes-like setting on the Clavinova which had a rather muddy sound compared to the clarity of the instrument's acoustic tonality. Bass was slightly inaudible although trumpet and drums came through loud and clear. Fortunately, as the set unfolded, the balance improved. 
Johnson blew My One and Only Love on flugel sounding as elegant as he looked in his polka-dot shirt (I mention the shirt as I was wearing a similar one!)
Lee Morgan's album The Sidewinder provided Boy What a Night. A bluesy waltz, it showed all four guys off to good advantage.
FF had a couple of his own tunes on the menu; a bossa nova, Blue Marine and another waltz, Ma Cerise. Both impressive compositions.
The set closed with a couple of Herbie Hancock tunes - Dolphin Dance and The Maze.  Johnson's flugel featured on the former and Bates drums on the latter.
An enjoyable set but, fate decreed I left during the intermission. What had started out as a minor sniffle developed into a nasal torrent so, rather than set off a pandemic amongst the jazz community, I reluctantly departed.
Lance.
Photos.

1 comment :

Minnie said...

It was a great gig!
I hope you are feeling better now 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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