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Dayna Stephens: "I always tell them [students] there will never be anyone who will play it [EWI] as technically proficient as this cat [Michael Brecker] did." - (JazzTimes June 2019).

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Today Tuesday June 25

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, 59 Westgate Rd., Newcastle NE1 1SG. Tel. 0191 222 9882. 8:00pm. Free. Trio Alan Law, Paul Grainger, John Bradford.

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Monday, July 04, 2011

Splinter @ The Seaside - The Trojan Rooms, Whitley Bay. July 3rd - Part One: The Mark Williams Trio.

Mark Williams (guitar), Andy Champion (double bass) & Richard Brown (drums).
Mark Williams stepped into the breach with a scratch trio following the withdrawl of HCW from the annual Splinter day out at the coast. The weather was perfect, Mordue's Premium Bitter was drinkable (at hotel premium prices) and Mark Williams was in scintillating form from the get go.
Williams' Cowpat was written as a tribute to Pat Metheny - if only Metheny could play like Williams! Paul Susans, the trio's regular bassist, was unavailable so it was down to Andy Champion to fill the void and he did just that and more. Teessider Richard Brown made the journey north and it was well worthwhile - it was as if he had played with these guys before. Oh, I forgot, of course he has!
The ACV classic Without Bones tore the place apart. Champion asked Brown if he was ready for it, Brown nodded and off they went. Breakneck pace doesn't describe just how kicking this number was. Minor Detail, a Williams original was anything but of minor interest. A cracking set from three first call players.
Well done Jazz Action, Splinter @ The Bridge ( at the seaside), Zoe, Andy, Claire and all involved in making it happen. Let's do it all again next year. Oh, don't forget... this coming Sunday (July 10), with buckets and spades back in the cupboard, get along to the Bridge Hotel (that's Splinter @ The Bridge), about 12 miles up river in Newcastle to hear the wonderful Paul Edis Sextet (7.30 pm, £5.00.) Russell.
PS: Parts 2 and 3 - The Ruth Lambert Quintet and Ex Extreme to follow...

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