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Branford Marsalis: "You talk to the old guys about it [52nd St.], and they say the music part was great. Every other aspect of it [pay, hours, conditions] sucked" - (DownBeat, May 2019).

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Today Sunday April 21

Afternoon

Jazz

Vieux Carré Hot 4 - Spanish City, Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay NE26 1BG. 12 noon. Free.

Blues

Beefy La Slap - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 3:00pm. Free.

Alex Fawcett Band - Tyne Bar, Maling St., Newcastle NE6 1LP. Tel: 0191 265 2550. 4:00pm. Free

Evening

Jazz

East Coast Jazz - Exchange, Howard Street, North Shields NE30 1SE. Tel: 0191 258 4111. 6:00pm. Free. Monthly jam session.

Swing Manouche - Black Bull, Bridge St., Blaydon NE21 4JJ. Tel: 0191 414 2846. 7:30pm. £7.00. Blaydon Jazz Club. Note new, regular start time.

Blues

Sour Mash Trio - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

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

Thursday, April 05, 2018

Kodian Trio @ The Bridge April 1

Colin Webster (saxophone); Dirk Serries (guitar); Andrew Lisle (drums).
(Review by Steve H/Photos courtesy of Ken Drew).
An Easter Sunday treat better than any chocolate egg as the Kodian trio performed two superlative sets of crunching high octane improvised jazz. Colin Webster on alto played with tremendous verve and energy, Dirk Serries played guitar in as unique a manner as I have ever seen. It was no surprise to find out that the Belgian is a veteran of the industrial-ambient music scene.
Much of time Serries played with the guitar horizontally on his lap as he plucked, strummed, bowed and picked the string with a variety of objects. The sounds and rhythms he was able to extract were quite mesmerising.
Andrew Lisle on drums somehow managed to glue the contrasting styles of the guitar and sax so that the trio performed as a tight single entity. Most of the music seemed to be played at 100mph before the band really cranked it up. However, there were some more gentle reflective passages of play too but all in all it was as an exhilarating and exciting performance that anyone could wish for.
Only an April fool would have missed it.
Steve H.     

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