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Grant Green Jr.: "One thing that most people--especially jazz cats--don't realise is that all of your jazz standards were once pop standards" - DownBeat July 2018).

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Bobby Sanabria: "Tito Puente was not a very tall man, but when he played the timbales he was a giant among men." - DownBeat July 2018).

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Today Sunday June 17

Afternoon

Musicians Unlimited - Park Inn, Park Road, Hartlepool TS26 9HU. Tel: 01429 233126. 1pm. Free.

Get in the Band rehearsal - Sage Gateshead, St Mary’s Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR. Tel: 0191 443 4666. 10:00am-6:00pm. First of two rehearsals under the direction of Chris Sharkey (second rehearsal Thurs 21 June, 6:00-10.00.pm) culminating in three performances in a day on Sat 23 June - 1) Great North Museum (Hancock Museum), 2) Central Station, 3) Sage Gateshead. Times TBC. Free but ticketed.

Big Gig in the Park: Durham Music Service Ensembles - South Park, Parkside, Darlington DL1 5TG. 12 noon.

Alice Grace & Ben Helm - Bonbar, Fenkle Street, Newcastle NE1 5XU. 1:30pm. Diners’ gig.

Somethin’ Blue - Vesuvio, 3a Houndgate, Darlington DL1 5RL. 5:00pm. Tel: 01325 788564. Matt Case (saxophone) & Mike Hepple (guitar).

Sour Mash Trio - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 3:00pm. Free.

Evening

Mark Williams & Joel Byrne-McCullough - Black Bull, Bridge Street, Blaydon NE21 4JJ. 8:00pm. £5.00.

Jazz Jam - Head of Steam, Reform Place, Durham DH1 4RZ. 7:30pm. Free. Durham University Jazz Society. Last one before the Summer recess.

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

Monday, April 10, 2017

CD Review: Brian Molley Quartet - Colour and Movement

Brian Molley (tenor/soprano/flute/clarinets); Tom Gibbs (piano); Mario Caribé (double bass/guitar); Stu Brown (drums/perc.)
(Review/preview etc. by Lance)
I'm going to kill three birds with one stone here although, kill is far from my intention. Quite the opposite in fact!
A superb CD.
A gig close to home.
A gig not too far away.
Plus, There's also a gig a long way away.

So, starting at the very beginning, which Rodgers and Hammerstein would have us believe is a very good place to start (providing there's some 'Doh Re Mi' on the table) the Glaswegian Quartet have produced a brilliant new album - Colour & Movement. This, perhaps, takes Brubeck's Time Further Out concept even further out, but not so far out that it threatens to burn the pet shop inhabitants.
It's accessible, comprising 12 pieces, played in 12 different keys and in 12 different time signatures!
Nine of the tunes are originals, the other three being the Bricusse/Anthony Newley opus, Cheer Up Charlie; That Old Black Magic (Arlen/Mercer) and Duke's Solitude.
An absolute gem by four of Scotland's finest.
The quartet played the Globe back in June 2015. The audience wasn't large, but Mrs Brown's Boys were on at the nearby Arena and Kid Creole and the Coconuts were up the road at the Bowling club whilst the ubiquitous Paul Edis and Matt Anderson were at the Jazz Caff. Tough calls!. However, those that opted for the Brian Molley Quartet weren't disappointed and the Jazz Coop jumped at the chance of having them back which is happening on April 22. Don't miss out this time around otherwise you'll have to head north to the Hippodrome in Eyemouth over the border in Sturgeonland on April 29. Then, if you miss that one, you've got a bit more travelling to do - The Madras Jazz Festival in Chennai on June 3.
So what do you think? Newcastle, Scotland or India? Maybe a discount ticket for all three (Air India, National Express, Virgin Train or 22 bus fares not included).
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.
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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.)
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