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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.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

CD Review: Mosaic – Subterranea

Ralph Wyld (vibraphone), James Copus (trumpet & flugelhorn), Sam Rapley (clarinet & bass clarinet), Cecilia Bignall (cello), Misha Mullov-Abbado (double bass) & Scott Chapman (drums & percussion)
(Review by Russell)
A graduate of the Royal Academy of Music, Ralph Wyld has toured widely with Mosaic and worked as a sideman in several other bands. The release of this debut CD as a leader is an opportunity for Wyld to present his own compositions to an album-buying public. All tracks on Subterranea (seven of them, of which two are ‘interludes’) are written by Wyld and they are interpreted by musicians of his own generation, themselves forging distinctive careers in an increasingly crowded talent pool of British music school graduates seeking to make their mark.

Subterranea is produced by fellow vibraphonist Jim Hart, this was, no doubt, a conscious choice by Wyld – having someone on board who has an affinity with the music and how it should be heard. A Dankworth Prize for Jazz Composition award for the title track – Subterranea – marks out the vibes man as a composer to keep tabs on (and listen to). This tune together with Cryptogram are perhaps the ‘jazz’ tunes on the album. Sam Rapley impresses, being particularly effective on bass clarinet, James Copus, trumpet, similarly makes a telling contribution on Cryptogram, as does drummer and percussionist Scott Chapman.                        
Russell.

Subterranea by Ralph Wyld’s Mosaic is available on Edition Records (EDN 1077). Ralph Wyld is on tour during 2017.        

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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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