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Postage

13,490 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 908 of them this year alone and, so far, 72 this month (July 23).

From This Moment On

Fri 23: Emma Fisk's Hot Club du Nord @ Gala Theatre & Cinema, Durham. 1:00pm. Tickets: £6.00. + £2.00. bf. Tel: 03000 266 600.

Fri 23: Jeremy McMurray & the Pocket Jazz Orchestra @ Middlesbrough Town Hall. 7:30pm.

Fri 23: Helen Anahita Wilson & Shahbaz Hussain @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 8:00pm. SOLD OUT!

Fri 23 - Sun 25: The Globe Summer Festival @ The Globe, Newcastle. Multi-genre bill (jazz inc. Tenement Jazz Band, Nishla Smith). Various ticket options (live stream option available) see: www.jazz.coop.

Sat 24: Youth Ensembles present St Cuthbert Suite @ Sage Gateshead. 7:30pm. Composer Paul Edis conducts Folkestra, Jambone, Quay Voices & Young Sinfonia in a new arrangement of his St Cuthbert Suite. AVAILABLE ONLY AS A PRE-RECORDED STREAM ON YOUTUBE AT 7:30PM.

Sat 24: Simon O'Byrne & Paul Grainger @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sun 25: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.

Sun 25: Emma Johnson's Gravy Boat @ Bobik's, Punch Bowl Hotel, Newcastle. 3:30pm.

Thu 29: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone North Tyneside. 1:00pm.

Thu 29: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.

Monday, February 28, 2011

HAQ @ Splinter @ The Bridge. February 28

Sam Andreae (tenor saxophone), Anton Hunter (guitar), Finlay Panter (drums) & Eero Tikkanen (double bass). Manchester based HAQ arrived at the Bridge Hotel in the middle of a Jazz Services' sponsored tour. The four piece opened with myriad influences bouncing round the upstairs jazz room: Acoustic Ladyland, Trio VD, John Zorn, noise, punk, thrash and more.
Composed tunes with much space to blow, the first set was over and done in a trice with Walking Walking Falling the stand out number. All four musicians contributed charts with one or two tunes requiring the dots to be laid out in front of them such was the on the road writing activity of the band.
The second set was a longer affair with a variety of tunes heard. Sam Andreae's tenor playing has elements of post Coltrane intensity and nu punk attitude. There was also a lyrical side to his playing with knowing, playful references to cool lounge jazz material although this didn't last long before he returned to full on thrash mode.
Drummer Finlay Panter played it loud (hear that crack on the snare!), he played it loud with mallets and was tempted to try the same using brushes! Tenor and drums made the noise, bass and guitar less so. Finnish bassist Eero Tikkanen struggled to be heard, particularly in the first set and guitarist Anton Panter was from the quiet, undemonstrative end of the spectrum populated by the likes of Bill Frisell and Joe Morris.
A humourous punky tango number with brief Getzian tenor, a Panter composition (White), a Hunter tune (Pope) and one of the highlights of the night - Kappale Kaksi - rounded off a great set. Russell.

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