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Bebop Spoken There

Oscar Peterson: "I find most pianists use too many notes in a chord. They double up an awful lot" - (Crescendo May 1963).

Benny Green (British): "...there was a whole race of men who used to stand in front of their bands, waving their arms, pretending to conduct ... Many of the bandleaders we had worked for had been either crooks or imposters ... " - (Crescendo March 1963).

Today Friday September 21

Afternoon

Rendezvous Jazz - Monkseaton Arms, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. Tel: 0191 251 3928. 1:00pm. Free.

Zoë Gilby Trio - Bishop Auckland Town Hall, Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL14 7NP. Tel: 03000 269 524. 1:00pm. £5.00.

Ladies of Midnight Blue - Seven Stories, National Centre for Children's Books, Lime Street, Newcastle NE1 2PQ. Tel: 03000 3301095. 11:00am. £5.00.

Paul Edis - The Lit & Phil, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SE. Tel: 0191 232 0192. 1:00pm. £5.00. Edis, solo piano.

Evening

Ronnie Scott's All Stars - Middlesbrough Theatre, The Avenue, Linthorpe, Middlesbrough TS5 6SA. Tel: 01642 815181. 8:00pm. £22.50.

Groove-a-matics - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

George Shovlin & the Radars + Broken Levee - The Peacock, High St West, Sunderland SR1 3ES. Tel: 0191 511 1451. 7:00pm. £10.00. (+ £1.00. b/f). New blues venue.

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

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Sunderland-bound acid jazz wizards have Toto’s backing

(Press release).
Amsterdam-based acid jazz troupe Tristan, who play on Sunderland’s Tall Ships stage on Friday, July 13, come enthusiastically recommended by a celebrity fan.
Steve Lukather, guitarist with multi-million selling Californian rock giants Toto, has been following the band for some time and describes them as bringing the best of the 1970s into the current decade. 
“Our drummer, Sebastiaan Cornelissen was a big Toto fan when he was young,” says Tristan’s keyboards player Coen Molenaar ahead of a UK tour for the Going Dutch project which is bringing top musicians from the Netherlands to the UK and Ireland over the next eighteen months.
“Sebastiaan got in contact with their drummer, Jeff Porcaro, who thought Sebastiaan was very talented and was going to give him some lessons, but unfortunately Jeff died before this could happen. This was a big blow but since then, Sebastiaan has sent Steve Lukather all the music he has recorded and when Steve heard Tristan he was so enthusiastic. He wrote Sebastiaan a long e-mail, saying how much he liked what we’re doing. It was a major boost, as you can imagine.”

Tristan formed in 2003, when Molenaar, who previously worked with Jan Akkerman, the guitarist with Dutch prog rock band Focus, met Cornelissen and bassist, Frans Vollink on a recording session. 
“We were actually there to play on an album with a guitarist from Luxembourg and it instantly felt as if we had been playing together for years,” says Molenaar. “To begin with we would tour as a trio with guests, including the great American trumpeter Randy Brecker, who has been another great supporter of ours. But we really needed a singer and it took until 2014 to find the right one. When we met Evelyn Kallansee everything fell into place and that same year we released our first album, Full Power.”
Full Power made an immediate impression. Jazz FM awarded it Album of the Week status and it went straight to the top of the UK Soul charts, going on to win the band a worldwide following. Its successor, 2nd Phase, released in 2015, performed similarly, with its catchy opening track, Supersize My Sunshine becoming a turntable and dancefloor hit.
The band’s music draws on influences including vintage acid jazz, the horns-led soul of Tower of Power and the jazz-funk of Incognito and their latest album, Lifestyle, featured guest contributions from Atlanta-based soul singer Heston and Dutch singer-guitarist Kasper.
Lifestyle, like its predecessors, has sold well and helped to keep the Tristan sound on the airwaves through steady radio play. As Molenaar points out, however, they are essentially a live act and they produce the same high energy levels whether they are playing in the studio or onstage.  
“When we record, the rhythm section are always in the studio together and we tend to record the rhythm tracks in one take, to keep the music vibrant and direct,” he says. “In live performance, we go for the same effect. Our philosophy is, just play. No fooling around, give all your energy and inspire the audience, leave them feeling charged with positive energy and – hopefully - longing for more!”
Friday, July 13: Tristan - Town Moor Stage, Sunderland SR1. 2:00-3:00pm & 5:30-6:15pm. Free. A Tall Ships event. 


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