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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.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

CD Review: Henry Spencer and Juncture – The Reasons Don’t Change

(Review by Russell)
Henry Spencer and Juncture met as students at the Guildhall School of Music. Trumpeter Spencer plays with precision and passion – a winning combination. Bold, uninhibited, the opening track, one of ten – Introduction / Hindsight Can Wait – bristles with an energy one associates with the concert hall platform, Spencer, with steely nerve projecting to the upper circle and beyond.
Publicity material suggests a collective interest in jazz, rock and minimalism. Add a bravura attitude reminiscent of Chick Corea’s Return to Forever period and you begin to hear a fearless improviser at work in Henry Spencer’s trumpet playing. Juncture can, and do, take it down, Never Draw a Line being one such example – the resonant tones of double bassist Andrew Robb, pianist (and Fender Rhodes, Wurlitzer and mellotron!) Matt Robinson’s thoughtful contribution and the impressive guitar playing of Nick Costley-White embracing the jazz chord and a jazz-rock fusion vocabulary.   
Drummer David Ingamells sparkles throughout, not least on Still Open to Confusion, a powerful five minutes and eighteen seconds of group interplay. Spencer’s quintet is augmented on four tracks by the Guastalla Quartet adding subtle textures to Spencer’s compositions.
The Reasons Don’t Change is an impressive debut. One imagines the in-concert performance will be something special. Recommended.               
Henry Spencer and Juncture have an album launch night at the Pizza Express Jazz Club, Soho, London on February 7th. The Reasons Don’t Change will be released by Whirlwind Recordings (WR4698). Tour dates follow with several gigs in the south-west. For up to date details visit Henry Spencer’s website: www.henryspencermusic.com   
Russell.
Album trailer.
Henry Spencer (trumpet & flugelhorn), Nick Costley-White (guitar), Matt Robinson (piano, Fender Rhodes, Wurlitzer & melotron), Andrew Robb (double bass) & David Ingamells (drums) + The Guastalla Quartet: John Garner (violin), Marie Shreer (violin), Agata Darashkaite (viola) & Sergio Serra (cello)   

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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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