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Dave Newton: "Having got my Grade 8 pretty early, it was only then that the piano was taking over. But this was happening outside of school really, as the music teacher at this particular school didn't like me or the kind of music I liked." (Jazzwise February 2019).

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Today Tuesday January 22

Afternoon

Jazz

Classic Swing - The Ship Inn, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. 0191 251 3677. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Jam session - Black Swan Bar, Newcastle Arts Centre, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SG. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 8:00pm. House trio: Mark Williams, Paul Grainger, Russ Morgan.

Alter Ego - Fox Inn, West End Terrace, Hexham NE46 3DB. Tel: 01434 603681. 8:30pm. Free (donations).

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

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

CD Review: John Fedchock Quartet - Reminiscence

John Fedchock (trombone); John Toomey (piano); Jimmy Masters (bass); Dave Ratajczak (drums); Billy Williams (drums on 1 track).
(Review by Lance).
Another fine trombone album - two in one day!
Fedchock, who came in at No. 17 in the recent DownBeat Poll (should have been placed much higher), has also had a couple of Grammy nominations for Best  Instrumental Arrangement and has to his credit five big band recordings. However, it is his trombone playing that is to the fore revealing a sound with the mellowness of Dorsey and the attack and rapidity of JJ. In fact, if Peter Lin and John Fedchock got together it would be a case of Jay and Kai ride again!

Recorded over three nights at Havana Nights, a club in Virginia Beach, VA, back in 2015 this is the second album from the weekend (the first was Fluidity). Sadly, the club is now closed but, at the time, it was a beautiful, intimate space with state of the art recording equipment as this album proves.

Fedchock, seemingly, began his performing career with Woody Herman in 1980 - talk about starting at the top! - and I was fortunate to hear him with the band at the North Sea Jazz Festival, held at Den Haag, in 1983 and although time has dimmed my memories of the soloists I still recall the sheer power of the band.

A well put together mix of standards and originals played at the highest possible level. Toomey on piano, Masters on bass and the two drummers prove to be top draw players in their own right combining to make this an enjoyable experience.
Lance.
The Third Degree; Loose Change; Lament; The End of a Love  Affair; You're my Everything; If You Could See Me Now; Brazillian Fantasy.
Available on Summit Records - listen/buy.

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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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