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Art Blakey: "You [Bobby Watson] don't want to play too long, because you don't know if they're clapping because they're glad you finished!" - (JazzTimes, Nov. 2019).

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Today Saturday November 16

Afternoon

Jazz

Tees Valley Jazzmen - Hammer & Pincers, Preston Lane, Preston le Skerne, Newton Aycliffe DL5 6JH. Tel: 01325 314873. 1:00pm. £2.00.

Evening

Emma Johnson’s Gravy Boat - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8:00pm. £10.00. (£8.00.concs.). A Jazz Co-op-JNE-Jazz North Northern Line promotion.

Niffi Oseyemi Trio - Prohibition Bar, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8:00pm. Free (donations).

Blues/Funk/Soul

Ian Siegal - Old Cinema Launderette, Marshall Terrace, Durham DH1 2HX. 7:45pm. £20.00. + £2.00. bf.

Red Hot Riot - 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.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Cuba at the Cluny - Loz Speyer's Time Zone

Loz Speyer (tpt/flug), Martin Hathaway (alt/bs clt), Jez Franks (gtr), Davide Mantovani (bs), Simon Pearson (dms), Satin Singh(conga). A good session of authentic Cuban music by Time Zone; a band well steeped in the idiom. I say ‘authentic’ although possibly the nearest they get to actual authenticity is the fact that leader and trumpet/flugel hornist Speyers’ wife is Cuban. Never mind, his compositions capture the feel of Cuba in the way that Dizzy and Machito did 60 years ago. Plus there is the added bonus of a contemporary approach to harmonies and rhythms which conspire to make the music even more infectious and compelling. Cuban bands lean heavily on their trumpet players and Loz has the ideal tone and technique to slot into the genre. Equally adept on both horns, he eschewed the plaintive wail of most flugellers in favour of a powerful, well rounded, attack that gelled well with the Eric Dolphylike bass clarinet and alto of Hathaway.
On guitar, Jez kept this weeks festival of fretters alive with some gut grabbing guitar solos that almost had the pot boiling over although perhaps the most kick-ass guy on stage was Satin Singh on congas who, depping for Alejandro Martinez, played like he had three hands and counting.
Drummer Simon added a few more hands whilst Mantovani on bass only needed four strings to shimmer.
Great Grooving Gig.
Lance.

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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.)
Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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