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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)

Today Wednesday April 26

Afternoon.
Vieux Carre Jazzmen - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
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Evening.
Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. £1. 8pm.
Levee Ramblers NOJB - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:30pm. £3.00.
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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Preview: The Bad Plus + Binker and Moses @ Sage Gateshead - November 8

(Preview by Steve T)
This one really is a big deal, like the Cookers and Robert Glasper the following week. All three acts are playing the Epic ten day London Jazz Festival but in Gateshead they're all playing the same room while in London they won't even be on the same Underground Line. So, a bit of a Jazz Fest in November and if  Sage Gateshead can attract three acts of this calibre in April we'll be guaranteed another quality festival.
They hail from Minnesota USA and are David King (drums), Reid Anderson (bass) and Ethan Iverson (piano) but, as with their British counterparts GoGo Penguin, they're not a traditional piano trio with all three contributing equally to their original, distinctive sound. More Cream than Hendrix.
They incorporate rock and dance elements into their Jazz and have used their interpretations to enhance a huge variety of cover versions including Abba, Apex Twin, the Beegees, Black Sabbath, Blondie, Johnny Cash, Peter Gabriel, Cindy Lauper, Nirvana, Pink Floyd, Stravinsky, Wilco and Yes.
Anybody who likes Jazz, improvisation, GoGo Penguin, rock, dance or any of the above should secure their tickets while they're still around and be prepared to hear things played in a way they've never heard before.    
As if this isn't enough, support comes from Binker and Moses, two of the most exciting young Jazz musicians on the thriving London Jazz scene, named as MOBOs' best Jazz act of the year in 2015 and Jazz FMs' UK breakthrough act of 2016
The saxophone/drums format has a rich heritage in Jazz including Sonny Rollins, Charles Lloyd, Joe Lovano and, perhaps most famously, John Coltrane's' Interstellar Space with Rashid Ali. 
Steve T.

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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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