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Bebop Spoken There

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 Saturday April 29

Afternoon

1pm: Dean Stockdale Trio. 2:30pm: Abbie Finn Quartet 4pm: Rick Laughlin Trio - Quakerhouse, Mechanics’ Yard, Darlington DL3 7QF. 01325 245052. 1:00-5:00pm. Free (donations).

Evening

Dave O’Higgins with Durham Alumni Big Band - Majestic Theatre, Bondgate, Darlington DL3 7JT. Support set by Durham County Youth Big Band (7:15pm). £12.00. (+ concs).

Late night jam session - Quakerhouse, Mechanics’ Yard, Darlington DL3 7QF. 01325 245052.10:30pm. Free.

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Ruby Turner - Alnwick Playhouse. 7:30pm. £21.00. & £20.00.

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Fever & Friends - Customs House, Mill Dam, South Shields NE333 3NG. 7:30pm. £12.00. 0191 454234.

Bradley Johnston (solo guitar) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 7:30pm. No cover charge.

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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Strictly Smokin’ Big Band @ The Millstone. March 30

(Review by Russell)
Less than twenty-four hours before the start of the big bash at Sage Gateshead the Millstone was packed. Stacked chairs were unstacked, posteriors were placed on them. The Strictly Smokin’ Big Band’s monthly public rehearsal session welcomed back the long lost Guy Swinton (last sighted in Lapland!) and, but for one or two deps, MD Michael Lamb had the regular band at his disposal.
It Had to be You sang F’reez, Don’cha Go ’Way Mad sang Alice. Pav - that’s the underrated Pawel Jedrzejewski on guitar - laid down a fine opening solo on Bag’s Groove, a typically good start. The vocal duo of F’reez and Alice had some fun on Wonderwall, MD Lamb enthused about Satin Doll – the band not so enthused, he said – and your reviewer concurred. The band’s printed set list (tune no.9) read: All or Nowt at Aaaalll. Aye, the Geet Geordie Songbook number went doon a treat.*
Mulligan’s Red Door closed out the first set, down to the bar, another Wylam Gold Tankard.

Second set, The Mood I’m In another one for F’reez, followed by a couple from the Buddy Rich pad – first Phil Wilson’s Basically Blues, then Don Sebesky’s Big Mama Cass with lots of good blowing, variously David Barnes, trombone, and the reeds of Armstrong, Summers and Robinson. With time running short, one last number from Alice Grace – Ain’t Misbehavin’. The solo spotlight trained on a number of others during the evening including Pete Tanton, trumpet and flugelhorn, Graham Don, keyboards, Mark Ferris, trombone, and Michael Whent, bass. The Strictly Smokin’ Big Band can be heard on the last Thursday in the month at the Millstone on Haddricks Mill Road, South Gosforth. A seven o’clock start, free admission. Recommended.      
Russell.
* Translation available upon request.                  
Michael Lamb (MD), Pete Tanton, Gordon Marshall, Dick Stacey (trumpets); Steve Summers (alto & soprano saxophones, flute), Keith Robinson (alto saxophone, clarinet & flute), Niall Armstrong (tenor saxophone), Laurie Rangecroft (baritone saxophone); David Barnes, Mark Ferris, Sarah Bolt, ? (trombones) ; Pawel Jedrzejewski (guitar), Graham Don (keyboards), Michael Whent (bass), Guy Swinton (drums), Alice Grace (vocals) & F’reez (vocals)

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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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