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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 Sunday April 30

All Day.
Darlington Jazz Festival - details.
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International Jazz Day - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. From 2pm 'til late. Free - details.
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Strictly Smokin' Small Band - Gateshead Beer and Music Festival - Gateshead RFC, Eastwood Gdns., Low Fell NE9 5UB. £12 admission to beer festival. Band play 1:45pm - 2:35pm.
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Afternoon.
Joel Byrne McCullough - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 12:30pm. Free.
Blues @ The Bay - Tanner Smith's 17-19 South Parade, Whitley Bay NE26 2RE, 0191 2525941. 4pm. Free. Blues jam w. Scott Wall & Charlie Philp.
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Musicians Unlimited - Park Hotel, Park Rd., Hartlepool TS26 9HU. 01249 233126.1pm. Free.
Evening
Nick Ross Orchestra (Glenn Miller) - Forum Theatre, Queensway, Billingham. 7:30pm. £22 (£20.50 conc.).
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Michael Fischer, John Edwards & Mark Sanders @ King’s Hall. Nov 10

Michael Fischer (tenor saxophone), John Edwards (double bass) & Mark Sanders (drums)
(Review by Russell)
Armstrong Building has largely been off limits over the last year or so. A refurbishment programme in advance of next year’s commemorative events marking Dr Martin Luther King’s 1967 visit to Newcastle University to receive an honorary doctorate made access to King’s Hall an impossibility. The popular lunchtime concert series relocated to a city centre site for the duration of the works, and now, at the start of the new academic year, musicians, and audiences, have returned to the historic building on Queen Victoria Road.
Today’s lunchtime treat featured improvising tenor saxophonist Michael Fischer, making his first visit to Newcastle, working in the company of two familiar names – John Edwards, double bass, and Mark Sanders, drums – in a performance spanning 45 minutes.
Concert programme notes stated the trio would be sharing the polylogical moment within the creational process. Would the King’s Hall audience share the experience? A premiere performance awaited, titled:
What, if we would have known, that…?
What, if we would have been interested in…?

For tenor saxophone, double bass and drum set (premier 2016)

That’s ‘premiere’ without the ‘e’…possibly lost somewhere in the polylogical.

Edwards and Sanders have played many gigs on Tyneside. Their sound is known to northeast audiences. What of Fischer? A ‘wired for sound’ tenor saxophone produced distorted vox humana through the reed, and when not blowing, key depressions were clearly heard (at times suspiciously rhythmic!). A bout of sub-Brötzmann tenor, a bout of listening, and that was Michael Fischer.  
Russell.           

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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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