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Ernie Wilkins: “If you don't look at the liner notes, you don't know who in the hell it is. Everybody sounds alike, that same million-note approach. Faceless.” – (Crescendo November 1975).

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Ben Williams: “A lot of jazz today has developed this allergy to simplicity. ‘If it’s simple, that means it’s not hip’ is a theme. But sometimes the simplest thing you can do is the hippest thing you can do.” – (Down Beat August 2015).

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Today Wednesday March 22

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.
Paul Skerritt Band - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 7:30pm. No cover charge.
Levee Ramblers NOJB - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:30pm. £3.00.
John Harle and Steve Lodder - Royal Grammar School, Eskdale Tce., Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 4DX. 7pm. £20 & £10. 60th birthday tour for RGS alumnus Harl.
Chris Sharkey Trio - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £4.
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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Preview: Tim Garland Quartet - Sage Gateshead.

Saxophonist Tim Garland returns to Sage Gateshead this Friday (October 21) for the third time in three years. This will be my first time and I've heard from various sources what I've been missing.
He's accompanied by his regular band of percussion master Asaf Sirkis, keyboard wizard Jason Rebello and relative youngster, Ant Law who played a fine set with his own quintet in Hexham last year, and was nominated alongside Nigel Price and veteran Jim Mullen in the best guitar category of Jazzwise magazine this year.
Garlands' recent music is influenced by Jazz-rock, various British and American saxophonists, Celtic Music, Latin Music and particularly the music of Chick Corea, with whom he clearly shares enormous mutual respect.
The absence of a bass player in the band, he claims, made him 'search harder as a composer' and gave more freedom to the musicians, including Ant Laws' eight string guitar, Hammond organ and Rhodes electric piano bringing a 'wonderful fat bass end'.
I've just played their excellent latest album One with some striking juxtaposition between baritone and soprano and would recommend this gig to anyone with an ear for Jazz, musicianship, Asian Fusion, instrumental progressive rock or innovative and experimental music generally.
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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