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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, April 14, 2017

Alan Glen Trio @ The Globe - April 13

Alan Glen (piano); John Pope (bass); Sid White - depping for Paul Wight - (drums).
(Review by Lance).
An Alan Glen gig at The Globe is unlike any other gig. It's as if you're sitting in Alan's front room whilst he plays for you, his friends - on this occasion around about 20..
It brings to mind the legendary Oscar Peterson albums that were subtitled exclusively for my friends and that's how it felt tonight. I'd have felt privileged to have been at those Peterson sessions but, I felt even more privileged tonight! I've got the Oscar sessions on disc but the Alan Glen ones are only in my head. It doesn't matter, I'll relive the highlights without having to crank up the old Victrola. That's how good they were.
If I brush over Alan's playing it's because I've simply ran out of superlatives. He is THE MAN! Nothing left to say - simply the best.
In John Pope he's found a bass player that travels well. He can run the changes, but, unlike so many, retains the melodic aspect, as well as displaying a sense of humour and listening to what's happening - he had an outstanding night.
Sid, he decided there were too many Pauls and not enough Sids on the jazz scene and so opted for his middle name, played a blinder. His brushes solo on The Way You Look Tonight pure magic indicating a drum solo doesn't have to be all crash bang wallop although our boy can do that with aplomb.
I'd have loved to have been at Gosforth for the evening's other big gig but some things you have to savour and treasure while you can - I mean, John Pope won't be around forever...
Four; How Deep is the Ocean?; I Fall in Love too Easily; Ticket to Ride; All Blues; The Way You Look Tonight; Solar; A Weaver of Dreams; Love is a Many Splendored Thing; That's All; All of you; Rollin' Sid; Something Borrowed, Something Blue; Blue Monk.
Every number deserved an in depth description but the music really spoke for itself As is his wont, Alan is a man of few words although tonight, as the first set ended, Alan apologised for finishing one tune short. 'The fix has worn off', he said, to which Sid quipped, 'He's ran out of Sanatogen'!
Order me a double Sanatogen waiter please!
Lance.
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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.
The idea of this blog is for you to share your thoughts and pass on your comments on discs, gigs, jazz - music in general. If you've been to a gig/concert or heard a CD that knocked you sideways please share your views with us. Tell us about your favourites, your memories, your dislikes.
Lance (Who wishes it to be known that he is not responsible for postings other than his own and that he's not always responsible for them.)
Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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