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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.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

CD Review: Marcello Pellitteri - Aquarius Woman

(Review by Lance).
A poignant tribute to Pellitteri's daughter, Veronica, who passed away at the age of 23 in 2014, Aquarius Woman, even without the emotive background, would still be one hell of a record. In fact, I doubt that the leader was looking for the sympathy vote, much as it would be appreciated, but rather that he paid respect to his daughter by dedicating the best music he was capable of to her, ensuring her memory would be carried beyond family and friends.
He succeeds.

The guests are excellent, conveying the mood aimed at. Garzone's tenor sets the mood and Prescod's vocal hits the spot but, overall, the core quartet are the ones at the heart - and I use the word advisedly - of the project. Hearing Veronica reading a poem written by an Indonesian poet named Murtiningrum, a woman who was arrested and abused by the Indonesian military in the 1960s is a heartrending and yet, uplifting experience. However, putting all this to one side, it's an excellent album either because of or despite the background to the music.
Loved it and maybe shed a silent tear.
Lance.
Marcello Pellitteri (drums); Orazio Maugeri (alto); Salvatore Bonafede (piao);Gabrio Bevilacqua (bass)  + (1 track each) George Garzone (tenort); Nedelka Prescod (vocals); Rino Cirinna (tenor); Lauren Kinhan (vocals); Yvonnick Prene (harmonica); Maecello Tedaro (el. guitar & spoken word); Veronica Pellitteri (spoken word).

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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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