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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.

Friday, December 16, 2016

Preview: Claire Martin w. Royal Northern Sinfonia - Let it Snow.

There's a lot going on on Sunday - Blaydon, Hartlepool, Coxlodge, Los Angelos, New York, Kowloon and elsewhere.
However, for those without vagabond shoes or whose passport or bus pass has ran out, then Sage Gateshead looks good. In fact, if you're in LA, New York or Kowloon and your passport is in order then you still have time to make it to Sage Gateshead for Claire Martin's Let it Snow concert.
Claire is one of those singers capable of stamping her magical touch on whatever the material. I've heard her with Ian Shaw; in a terrific triumvirate with Barbra Jungr and Mari Wilson; with Sir Richard Rodney Bennett; at various jazz festivals and, on Sunday, I'll hear her with the Royal Northern Sinfonia in a mix of Christmas Classics and Superb Standards.
Dismiss the notion that you've 'heard it all before' - believe you me, you ain't heard nothin' yet!
Trust me that Claire will be at the top of her game.
Why?
Performing on the concourse in a pre-concert session [6:30pm] are local duo Hand to Mouth - aka Bradley Johnston and Lindsay Hannon.
Lindsay will be setting a benchmark for Claire and six string Bradley, likewise, for the Sinfonia!
This is one concert I can't miss. I could even listen to Claire Martin singing Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer although I won't be brokenhearted if she doesn't..
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.
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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