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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.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

The Northern Monkey Brass Band @ The Fox, Hexham. March 28

Graham Hardy (trumpet), Ben Chinnery (trumpet), Jamie Toms (tenor saxophone), David Gray (trombone), Jason Holcomb (trombone), Phil Rosier (tuba), Adam Sinclair (snare drum) & Brendan Murphy (bass drum)
(Review by Russell)
The good folk of Hexhamshire have a Friend in Jesus. They may not have known it, but Graham Hardy’s New Orleans eight-piece made the trip way out west to spread the word, the missionary words ‘funky jazz’. The Northern Monkey Brass Band draws them in, softens them up with a pop tune of yesteryear, then sets about laying down some jazz, bold as brass.
Star Wars’ Imperial March, Kung-Fu Fighting (honestly!), and some Monkey’s Blood. Yes, 2017 New Orleans’ voodoo worked its magic spell. Hexham Jazz Club’s regulars, friends of the band and the Fox Inn’s pool-playing sharks momentarily ceased circling, enthralled by the music. Hardy thought it apt to close the first set with Waters of Tyne.
All-action David Gray and the depping Jason Holcomb knocked out killer trombone solos, to their right, tenor man Jamie Toms surfaced from time to time with his usual measured solo contribution amidst the blowing brass. The fun time rhythm boys – Adam Sinclair, snare and Brendan Murphy bass drum – are the best in the business, and, as usual, had a ball. Phil Rosier, tuba, was where he should be…’right there’, every time. Main man Hardy called on trumpet dep Ben Chinnery and the absence of Alistair Lord went more or less unnoticed – praise indeed. Superstition must be a real blast for horn players. If they’re not going to get the call from Mr S Wonder the next best is surely to play it for themselves and they did just that. GH writes for the band and tonight Funky Pie was on the menu. The north of England has many fine bands, a few of them are guaranteed five-star performers – the Northern Monkey Brass Band is one of them. The NMBB can be heard next week – April 5th – down river at the Cluny in the Ouseburn as they showcase their talents at Sage Gateshead’s ‘Future Grooves’ night. Recommended. 
Russell.                   

1 comment :

  1. Brendon Murphy was an early inspiration for number one son when he brought his bongos and maracas to Hunwick Primary School near Bishop, must be about seven years ago. I remember Francis conducting his classmates. The system works.

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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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