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Michel Camilo: "That first year, believe it or not, to practice I drew a keyboard on a piece of cardboard, because I could hear in my head all the notes" - (JazzTimes, Feb. 2020).


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Today Saturday February 29



Great North Big Band Jazz Festival - Park View Community Centre, Church Chare, Chester le Street DH3 3PZ.. Tel: 07958 302745. 12:00 noon. Open Section (senior) competition. (Winners’ concert - 7:00pm). £15.00. weekend ticket, £12.00. day ticket, £5.00. under 16. Day 2/3.

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


Keith Nichols w New Century Ragtime Orchestra - Caedmon Hall, Gateshead Library, Prince Consort Road, Gateshead NE8 4LN. 7:30pm. Tickets £15.00 from 0191 281 4011. Line-up includes guests Keith Nichols (piano, vocals) & Nick Ward (drums).

Mike Lovatt w Strictly Smokin’ Big Band - Sage Gateshead, St Mary’s Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR. Tel: 0191 443 4461. 8:00pm. £14.70. Trumpet virtuoso w SSBB.

Mansion of Snakes - Cobalt Studios, Boyd St., Newcastle. 9:00pm. Donations. Cobalt’s Late Night Jazz Club. Band + DJ.


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.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Splinter @ The Bridge - ALTER EGO

Dave Hignett (tpt/flg), Keith Robinson (alt), Niall Armstrong (ten/flt), Andy Hawking (pno), Giles Strong (gtr), Ian Paterson (bs), David Francis (dms).
There was a lack of mothers in the audience tonight - this being 'their' day (theirs and the Florists) - no doubt they'd persuaded their family that there were more important things to do than to drink beer and listen to some excellent hard bop.
Alter Ego are a tight 7-piece that drives hard and creates the sound and feeling of many of the '50s Blue Note sessions. Indeed the finale, Hank Mobley's Roll Call, is one of my favourite tracks by the great tenor player.
Alter Ego did it justice.
Many of the other numbers were compostions by the great albeit now not so much publicised Bobby Watson. Hopefully this band will help bring his name to the forefront once more.
All the soloists were impressive - they have technique to spare - with Dave "Highnote's" stratospheric flights particularly ear catching.
Altoist Keith played with much fire, whilst Niall's complex lines sprinted in and out of the changes with ease. Andy Hawking, great on piano, and the rhythm section top notch.
A good session that could have done with some more chassis' on chairs.

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