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Billy Cobham: "Miles said to us, 'Don't play in between takes,' so of course John [McLaughlin] played in between takes." - (JazzTimes, Nov. 2019).


Today Friday November 22



Sue Ferris Trio - The Merry Monk, 30 Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL14 7NP. 1:00pm. £5.00. Pub adjacent to Bishop Auckland Town Hall.

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


Mick Shoulder Quintet - Traveller's Rest, West Auckland Road, Darlington DL3 9ER. 8:00pm. (doors 7:30pm). £8.00. Opus 4 Jazz Club.

Tenement Jazz Band - Theatre Hullabaloo, Borough Road, Darlington DL1 1SG. Tel: 01325 405405. 8:00pm. £14.00. Darlington NOJB.

Blues/Soul/Funk etc.

Ishmael Ensemble - Cobalt Studios, Boyd Street, Newcastle NE2 1AP. 8:00pm. £7.47.

Catfish Keith - Old Cinema Launderette, Marshall Terrace, Durham DH1 2HX. 8:30pm. £18.00. + £1.80. bf.

The Odels - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.

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

Monday, October 05, 2009

Femmes du Jazz @ Star & Shadow Cinema. October 4th.

'On the Outside', Jazz North East's adventurous programming strand, offered the opportunity to see the rarely screened documentary film 'Femmes du Jazz'.
Not entirely surprisingly, the audience comprised mainly women (a ratio of 3 to 1, women to men).
Director Gilles Corre shot the film in New York and Barcelona in 1999. The Big Apple's female jazz musicians were the stars of Corre's work.
The women spoke for themselves and were seen and heard to great effect in the studio, in the practice room and on the bandstand. Illustrious venues such as Birdland and Sweet Basil played host to the likes of Susie Ibarra, Jane Ira Bloom, Akua Dixon, Myra Melford, Marilyn Crispell, Ingrid Jensen and Maria Schneider.
The musicianship was second to none and their sidemen (yes, 'sidemen') included bassists Charnett Moffett and Rufus Reid, pianist Cooper Moore and drummer Victor Lewis (the women were quite complimentary about them!).
The New York skyline featured in an evocative montage; Times Square, the Hudson River, the yellow cab, the basketball hoop - you get the picture.
Down Beat's Annual Critics' Poll places some of the featured musicians at the top of the jazz tree (Maria Schneider is second to none as arranger and leader of a big band).
Later this week there is a chance to hear pianist Marilyn Crispell at Gateshead Old Town Hall. Crispell was last on Tyneside some twenty five years ago with Anthony Braxton. So, Gateshead next Friday, Saturday and Sunday is the place to be for the annual festival feast that is 'On the Outside'. Russell

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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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