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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.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Budtet @ The Globe Jazz Bar - January 21

Stuart Finden (tenor sax), Fiona Finden (vocal, soprano sax), Jude Murphy (vocal, alto sax), Lin Lee Wong (piano), Jim Crinson (bass), Eric Stutt (drums).+ Dave Weisser (cornet/vocal).
(Review by Steve T/photos courtesy of Stu Finden). 
If Friday night was about 'serious' Jazz, tonight's Jazz Coop gig was about having fun. That's not intended as a derogatory statement, alongside the standard quintet, imbibing and Chinese food, having fun is one of my favourite things.
The  Message and Stu’s Bloos led to Four on Sixa Wes Montgomery piece with lyrics by Fiona Finden, who sang and played un-straightened soprano sax.

Jude introduced Like Someone in Love as having a theatrical intro which she played to the max throughout the song. Move over Liza Minnelli.
Corcovado was followed by Teaneck which led to an exchange in the band as to whether it was written by Nat or Cannonball. The brothers, alongside Ellington/Strayhorn and Davis/Evans (Bill), are often the subject of this type of discussion. My copy of Mercy Mercy Mercy says it's by Cannonball Adderley, not Joe Zawinul. I can see a time when SinAtra never made a record and Elvis only made one, or two halves. Lance and I have both claimed recently, it's not just the song but what the artist does with it.
Mr PC closed side one and another saxophonist with JC all over his sleeves.
Once more we got added lyrics with the saxy ladies harmonising well together, but they stuck with Paul Chambers rather than transferring them to their own bass player.
Side two opened with more lyrics added to a classic which, as a track from Jazz' very own(ly) sacred cow - Kind of Blue - may or may not be sacrilegious. Many of the audience of just under thirty, which is a good number for the size of the venue, were friends of members of the band, especially the seriously impressive pianist, and it was fascinating and quite encouraging to see people who didn't appear to be Jazz folk, clearly well versed in that album. Jude switched to flute which I've never heard on All Blues, gradually introducing the vocalising technique Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson stole from Roland Kirk and she duly ended the piece on one leg, which I'm sure she didn't even notice.
One Note Samba, I Fall in Love too Easily, Groovin High and Secret Love before Dave Weisser joined them for Yardbird Suite and Take the A Train, adding muted trumpet and some seriously impressive singing.
Rather more vocals added to classics than I would play at home, but each of the singers acquitted themselves well. If Jude was Liza Minnelli, Fiona was Doris Day but, if she lacked the grain of the great soul singers, she displayed the fragility and vulnerability of the best ones.
How often do you get Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis and John Coltrane in a single night? 

Steve T.

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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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