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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.

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Triptych @ The Lit & Phil. March 31

Paul Edis (piano & clarinet), Paul Susans (double bass) & Rob Walker (drums)
(Review by Russell)
The opening day of the big bash across the Tyne didn’t dissuade the faithful from attending the Lit & Phil’s monthly lunchtime jazz concert. Triptych – Paul Edis, Paul Susans and Rob Walker – is a three-way conversation in a jazz setting. This particular meeting of musical minds played to a now-to-be-expected capacity audience at no. 23 Westgate Road, Newcastle upon Tyne.

The one-hour performance comprised a choice selection of standards and Triptych’s Fragmented Suite. Opening with Edis’ Montage, the attentive crowd hung on every note. Bacharach and David and Jimmy Van Heusen provided the standards – respectively Close to You and the incomparable  I Thought About You. Edis’ piano playing of the highest order (Sage Gateshead’s big ‘do’ would do well to hear anything better), Susans’ bass playing mightily impressive, and the endlessly inventive Rob Walker’s percussion masterclass coalesced around their suite of twenty-five minutes’ duration. Walker’s Fragment, Edis’ Murmuration, the opening pieces of the five-part suite. Dr Gonzo (comp P Susans) then a reprise of Walker’s piece before concluding with Edis’ Dark Ages and a Fragment finale.
A fine end to the month of March. There will not be a concert in April, the series resumes on Friday 19 May with the Dean Stockdale Trio. Pianist Stockdale will introduce two new faces to some of the Lit & Phil’s regulars – bassist Gavin Barras and drummer Adam Dawson, both of whom work in the Manchester area and further afield. Stockdale will have with him copies of his new CD. To ensure a seat, arrive early. The concert, £5.00 admission, is scheduled to start at 1:00pm.
Please note that the visit of Nicola Farnon to the Gala Theatre, Durham on April 14 is a sell-out.        

Russell.

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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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