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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 09, 2017

Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe - January 4

(Review by Steve T)
According to the website, main man Dave Weisser likes to think of this as more of a workshop than a jam session. He sat at the front of a sparse audience like a Mingus character directing operations, chipping in trumpet, muted and singing as the mood took him, his own non-commissioned Dolphy, impressive on alto, flute and vocals, taking a lead on the shop floor.
My Funny Valentine as we arrived and there was also another lady alto player, 'bone, guitar, piano, bass and drums.
Dolphy switched to flute for Little Sunflower and, half way through, Mingus flicked a switch from 68 to 79 and the vocal version featuring Al Jarreau and some sterling piano from Chick Corea, so no pressure. The bass, in tune with the times, turned it up and funked it up with some slapping among the piano solo.

Sugar by Stanley Turrentine took it to the break, the new Knepper getting the strangest sounds from his muted bone at the intro, which I've no doubt Mingus would have loved and I'm sure his surrogate did tonight. The assembled horns, a tad uncomfortable at times, were splendid here, almost knocking you over.
It couldn't be a Mingus style workshop without a Dannie Richmond and there was Whiplash Mackellar sat in the middle like a Trojan Horse. On sneaked FDT and Dan Lawrence on guitar and bass respectively for three pieces during the break: I'll Remember April, On Green Dolphin Street and Blue Bossa. The Matthew Mackellar Trio became the Band with no Name but I think fate has intervened to name them and maybe the former should stick, even if it becomes something like MMT.
Great to see guitar and drums bouncing off each other, spurring each other on to bigger and better things, Dan solid as a rock between them, high in the mix, happy to let the other two take the leads and the bulk of the solos, though contributing a belter of his own near the end of the short set.
I've said before I always end up chatting music at the Globe and tonight I nailed the main man. He briefly named MMT the Best Band You've Never Heard and I wondered out loud whether he knew the Zappa reference - he did. Then we discussed Eddie Henderson and he hadn't realised he was a Cooker and played the Sage in November and this led to our shared love of the Crusaders.
The main band returned for Jobin’s Wave, Dolphy/Jude (I think) with a great natural voice reminding me of Corinne Drewery of Swing Out Sister, one of my favourite pop groups, with a strong soul, jazz and easy-listening influence.
A Big Up for the guitarist who contended with the precocious teenage punk with the conservatoire scholarship and the dancing young fingers. He was solid with a great sound - his own - and put together some subtle, inventive and well-constructed solos; some stuff Francis has wrestled with.
It may be a while before I get back to the Globe for a jam session/ workshop but hopefully I'll keep my date with Budtet on the twenty first of this month and maybe I'll feel brave enough to pick up a few of the names of the regulars to go with the instruments. 
Steve T.

3 comments :

  1. What a treat to have Francis and his unfeasibly young and talented trio there.

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  2. Nothing Freudian but, in bed for the last 2 nights I suddenly remembered a tenor player. I forgot to post it yesterday so double apologies to the gentleman.

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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.
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