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Buddy Guy: "My mother said, 'You got flowers for me, give 'em to me now, because I'm not going to smell them when you put 'em on the casket'." - (DownBeat September 2018).

Marty Ashby: "I asked him what his gig was and he said 'I put the scores on the music stands'. I said, 'That's a gig?' And I realised there were four floors of guys like him, who supported some of the finest musicians in the world. But I was a jazz musician, and I was used to playing with some of the finest musicians in the world in front of the New York Public Library for tips. That's when I realised that jazz didn't have the same support system as classical music. - (DownBeat September 2018).

Today Tuesday August 14

Afternoon

Classic Swing - The Ship, Front St., Monkseaton NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free.

Evening

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

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Malaby, Bonnet & Darrifourcq @ The Bridge Hotel – May 13

Tony Malaby (saxophones); Richard Bonnet (guitar); Sylvain Darrifourcq (drums)
(Review by Steve H/Photos courtesy of Ken Drew) 
With a lot of improvised music, it can sometimes take a while to settle into the groove yet once locked in then the audience can be taken on a unique journey which in my opinion no other genre can surpass.
Sunday night at The Bridge was a case in point. As the trio started their set the sun was streaming in through the upstairs bay window. At first, I was not only blinded by the light but also by the improvisation taking place on the stage. However, once the sun had begun to set, I was able to tune in and thoroughly enjoy the rest of the splendid evening.
The initial piece took up almost the entirety of the first set. The music ebbed and flowed, at first quite minimalist and modern classical in approach but building to a full-on kickass ending shattering the tranquillity of what had gone before. The set concluded with a short piece leaving the audience in eager anticipation for the second set and, of course, Jazz North East’s legendary halftime raffle.
If the first set was more on the chamber music side of improvised jazz then the second kicked off in what could best be described as heavy metal style. The opening number certainly removed any cobwebs that may have settled during the interval a full-on dramatic enthralling piece of ensemble playing. The next piece was somewhat more reflective and the final piece provided a showcase for the creativity for Darrifourcq on percussion. Starting off with what appeared to be a ringing alarm clock the drummer then employed the cymbals as sticks providing both stunning visual and musical effects.
Another great evening of improvised jazz by an outstanding trio. Malaby is an immense player switching effortlessly between tenor and soprano like an ambidextrous gunslinger. Guitarist Bonnet was equally impressive always interesting and technically superb and I believe this was his first visit to the North East. On the other hand, Darrifourcq must now be an honorary Geordie so frequent are the great drummer’s ever so welcome visits to Tyneside.
Another great Sunday night of improvised jazz at The Bridge which left the packed room basking in the joy of being part such a great creative experience.
Steve H.

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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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