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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.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Josh Kemp Quartet @ The Globe Jazz Bar - November 26

Josh Kemp (tenor); Martin Shaw (trumpet); Matt Ratcliffe (Nord C20); Dave Walsh (drums).
(Review by Lance).
This wasn't quite the anticipated line-up. We knew in advance that Martin Shaw was stepping in for Steve Fishwick, what we didn't know was that neither Tim Giles nor Ross Stanley were with us either. Those who'd been impressed by Stanley's recent appearances in the area with Nigel Price must have been particularly disappointed. However, in fairness to Ratcliffe he proved to be a more than able dep and, by the end of the evening, it was a case of "Ross who?" Likewise with Dave Walsh.

Understandably, some of the numbers weren't as tight as they could have been, jazz has always maintained a sense of looseness and, indeed, frequently none the worse for that. Such was the case here and the well-attended gig was given the stamp of approval by the crowd after the opening number.
As it said on the tin, this was classic Blue Note with a contemporary feel. Kemp is a no-nonsense sax man what we used to call a tough tenor a sort of updated version of Ike Quebec, Arnett Cobb or Lockjaw Davis. Lots of fire in his belly but also a degree of tenderness when playing a ballad. Having heard Shaw several times over the years we had no worries. He delivers the goods without fail.
Walsh, a teacher at Leeds College of Music, laid down the funk whilst Ratcliffe, from Derby, although not as flamboyant a player as Ross Stanley, took care of the business in his own way.
As the night progressed the music gelled more and more. The mix of Kemp originals and the occasional standard made for a varied programme. Stirred Not Shaken was a cocktail comprising Sweet Georgia Brown, Straight no Chaser and a dash of original Kemp. It worked a treat. My One and Only Love saw both horns in a romantic mode whilst the closer, Home Cooking began with Shaw and Kemp exchanging 8's and finished with collective improvisation between the pair.
Other originals included a piece dedicated to The Angel of the North, a funky Turn on the Dark and Effervescence. This latter piece, Kemp pointed out, was good value for money as you got 20% extra each bar - it was in 5/4 time! Perhaps this was a hangover from Black Friday.
Much of the music was from Kemp's current CD -  Rare Groove.
Well done Jazz Coop for bringing such a band to the Globe even though it wasn't quite the expected personnel.
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.
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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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