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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

Rick Laughlin Trio, Abbie Finn Quartet ao - 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.

Saturday, November 05, 2016

CoCo Rouzier w. Pete Gilligan Trio + Saxophonics @ Jazz Café - November 4.

 CoCo Rouzier (vcl); Pete Gilligan (pno); Paul Grainger (bs); Rob Walker (dms).
(Review by Lance/Photos courtesy of Mike Tilley)
Circumstances decreed that I miss this year's Classic Jazz Party. However, with Russell in situ, the weekend is being covered (watch this space).
Instead, I was patrolling the Pink Lane beat. CoCo Rozier was headlining at the Jazz Café. The reports were good - check her out.
The reports were wrong, she wasn't good, she was MAGIC! This wasn't Friday night in Newcastle - it was Friday night in Harlem, or Pittsburgh or Washington DC where Rouzier hails from.
In fact, if ever the Classic Jazz Party extends its parameters by say 10 years then CoCo will be in line to take over the spot once held by Cecile!
That's how good she is.
Gilligan and co were up for it. From the opening One Note Samba the audience (of which there could have been more) knew they were in for a treat. East of the Sun; Hallelujah I Just Love Him So; Perhaps, Perhaps,Perhaps; I Got Rhythm; My Favourite Things - this was neither Julie Andrews or John Coltrane but, delightfully, somewhere in the middle - finally S'Wonderful and it was exactly that.
CoCo has an engaging personality and a jazz voice that echoes (and only echoes because she's very much her own woman) Ella, Sarah, Dee Dee and maybe every other jazz diva that ever lived. Discovering CoCo is like getting in on the ground floor of  Ella ahead of Norman Granz.
A brief chat with CoCo and a promise to catch her at the Cherry Tree (9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond) on Tuesday. A bottle of Grainger Ale and the [hypothetical] curtain rose for the second set.
Autumn Leaves; The Man I Love - they don't come much better than this! A tour de force Take the A Train; a bluesy Since I Fell for You; an original which may have been called Rescue then It Don't Mean a Thing if it Ain't Got that Swing - it had that swing tonight! 
The evening drew to a triumphant close with What'd I Say?
This had been an eye opener - tremendous!
Roll on Tuesday!
Saxophonics: Keith Robinson (alto); Steve Summers (alto/tenor); Alan Marshall (tenor); Niall Armstrong (baritone).
Earlier, the four-man saxophonics sax quartet played to a more select audience. They're a polished ensemble and, although Graeme Wilson has departed (leaving some of his scores behind) replacement Alan Marshall does the job admirably.
Armstrong is, as ever, a power of strength, pumping away on baritone sax compensating for the bass whilst adding his own harmonies to the mix. Contrapuntal jazz chamber music. Mainly originals the standout number was the enigmatically titled Strangled at the Wine Bar. A good opening set missed by those who didn't appear until the second set - their loss.
Lance.

3 comments :

  1. Lance - the tune was 'Stranded at the Wine Bar' not 'Strangled' - a beautiful piece all the same penned by Graeme Wilson. Alan M

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  2. Fabulous gig thankyou Coco Rouzier you were beautiful. Peter Gilligan Paul Grainger and Rob Walker did the business and some x

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  3. Catch Coco, Peter and Paul with Dave Swanson on drums at Whighams Jazz Club, Edinburgh tomorrow evening - 6th November

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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.
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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.)
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