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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 Thursday April 27

Afternoon
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - The Holystone, Whitley Rd., Holystone, Newcastle (ish) NE27 0DA. 1pm. Free.
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Evening.
Maine St. Jazzmen - Potters Wheel, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5EE. 8:30pm. 0191 4888068
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Dave Weisser & Alan Law - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8pm. £5. (Students free).
BABMUS Presents - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £3 (£2 students).
Strictly Smokin' Big Band - The Millstone, Haddrick's Mill Rd., South Gosforth, Newcastle NE3 3DB. Free. 7pm. Open rehearsal.
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Emma Fisk's Hot Club du Nord - Lubetkin Theatre, East Durham College, Willerby Grove, Peterlee SR8 2RR.7pm. £8. 07425 145549.
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Paul Skerritt Band - The Pennyweight, Bakehouse Hill, Darlington DL1 5QA. 9pm. Free. 01325 468411.
Jazz Workshop w. Matt Roberts - Art Gallery, Crown St., Darlington DL1 1ND. 6pm. £5. Registration required. Part of Darlington Jazz Festival.
Richie Emmerson Quartet w Richie (tenor); Ted Pearce (keys); Alan Smith (bass) + drums tba - Dorman's, Oxford Rd., Middlesbrough. 9pm. Free.
New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - The Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees. 8:30pm.
Pocket Jazz Orchestra + Noel Dennis (trumpet) - The Ship, Church Lane, Redmarshall, Stockton TS21 1EP. Free. 8pm.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Book Review: P.C. Dettmann - Ernest Zevon

Ernest Zevon is a singer, pianist, drug dealer and user, alcoholic, gambler and a loser. Ironically, gambling is one of those failings where he occasionally wins, although not without cost. He's a combination of just about everyone we've ever met who fell into any one of the above categories. I doubt if any of us has met anyone who ticked all the boxes. Ernest does!
He forms a double act with a woman (Jorja - Georgia with a J and no I or E) who plays great sax. They go on the road with a rock band who are doing a reunion tour which takes them to Newcastle where they play the Gateshead Arena (sic) and Ernest reflects that a city hospital at night had more drunks than the pub.
They go on to Carlisle and Glasgow and...
P.C. Dettmann paints life as it is on the road, in Soho and in Newcastle, Glasgow or any place. It's a tough world for fringe players like Ernest and Dettman tells it as it, maybe, is. The story has shades of an English take on Jim Thompson or Gerald Kersh, Derrick Raymond. It's verging on becoming a noir cult classic in years to come - unless some Hollywood guy with 20-20 vision picks up on it.
I say this because the typeface on my copy is so small I practically needed binoculars. But maybe this was just a review copy.
More rock than jazz but I think I'm maybe going to read it again to pick up on some of the bits that may have passed me by.
And, if, like me, you've found this compelling reading, then you'll want to read his next one - Jorja Pearson (the sax player)
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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