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Holly Cooper, Mouthpiece Music: "Lance writes pull quotes like no one else!"

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Josh Weir: I love the writing on bebop spoken here... I think the work you are doing is amazing.

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16221 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 103 of them this year alone and, so far, 47 this month (Feb. 18).

From This Moment On ...

February 2024

Thu 22: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 22: Student Performances @ King’s Hall, Newcastle University. 4:00pm. Free. Inc. Remi Coulthard-Boardman (voice).
Thu 22: Crooners @ Darlington Hippodrome. 7:30pm. £30.00., £27.00., £24.00., £18.00.
Thu 22: Merlin Roxby @ Prohibition Bar,
Newcastle. 8:00pm. Ragtime piano. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Thu 22: Soznak @ The Schooner, South Shore Road, Gateshead. 8:00pm.
Thu 22: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guests Kevin Eland (trumpet); Josh Bentham (sax); Garry Hadfield (keys); Ron Smith (bass).
Thu 22: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Carlisle Jazz Club (Carlisle Rugby Club), Warwick Road, Carlisle CA1 1LW. 8.30pm. £10.

Fri 23: Mark Williams Trio @ The Gala, Durham. 1:00pm. £8.00.
Fri 23: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 23: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 23: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 23: Salty Dog Trio @ The Greenhouse, Tynemouth. 7:00pm. £8.00. (£6.00. adv.). CANCELLED!
Fri 23: Crooners @ The Maltings, Berwick upon Tweed. 7:30pm. £30.00., £28.00.
Fri 23: Strictly Smokin' Big Band w Dennis Rollins @ Glasshouse, Gateshead. 8:00pm.

Sat 24: NUJO Jazz Jam @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 7:00pm (doors). Free (donations). A Newcastle University Jazz Orchestra event, all welcome.
Sat 24: Bradley Creswick’s Western Swingfonia @ Hexham Abbey, Hexham. 7:30pm. £15.00. A fundraiser for Hexham Abbey.
Sat 24: Papa G’s Troves @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.

Sun 25: Musicians Unlimited @ The Park Inn, Hartlepool. 1:00pm. Free.
Sun 25: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 2:30pm. Free.
Sun 25: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay Metro Station. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 25: Lindsay Hannon: Tom Waits for No Man + Lee Maddison @ Laurels, Whitley Bay. 4:00pm (3:30pm doors). £11.00., £8.80. inc. bf. SOLD OUT!
Sun 25: Bex Burch + Rachel Musson @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £11.00. Two solo performances. JNE.
Sun 25: Jazz Jam @ Fabio's, Saddler St., Durham. 8:00pm. Free. A Durham University Jazz Society event. All welcome.

Mon 26: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.

Tue 27: Ruth Lambert Quartet @ The Black Swan, Newcastle. 8:00pm (7:00pm doors). £12.00., £10.00. (adv.).

Wed 28: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 28: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 28: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.

Saturday, December 03, 2011

Seb Pipe's Life Experience @The Bridge Hotel - Sunday 27th November


Seb Pipe (alto sax); Arthur Lea (keyboards); Rich Gold (guitar); Kevin Glasgow (bass); George Hart (drums)
Isn't it a pity, isn't a shame - sadly anticipated by the 'slightly angry' Paul B in his recent
Jazz Alert - that a band likeSeb Pipe's LE should travel all this way from the southern capital to be greeted only by a handful of old faithfuls, some quite young, spread thinly through the Bridge upstairs; surely the soul of jazz stems from open-mindedness, yet it seems that if the band's name isn't familiar the telly stays on and the car sits outside, cold and forlorn. This sanctimoniousness is of course simply intended to divert attention from my inability to put notional cyber pen to paper until now - can't be that bothered if he's waited 6 days t' say summit! Well there it is, maybe it's just cos Christmas is comin'! 
Get on with it!! I lingered too long as usual in the anteroom so the first number, Star Eyes, romantic vision of diamonds on deep blue velvet, drew me into my seat and, being impressed by the unique tight sound of SP'sLE, my pen gravitated towards the odd bits of paper on the table in front of me. 
Trassouet, positively ECM with hints of EST, from Seb's Pyrenean experiences began with a promising Yamaha 6-string bass intro, which turned into a bit of an extended foothills ramble. I really loved the warmth of the descending 3 chord theme - sometimes with a 'see how they run' reply, but you can have too much of a good thing - for me a bit more reflection and modulation on this trek could have widened the vista on these mountains. There was no sitting still to Tiscali, set in Sardinia, this contrapuntal number had me moving in my seat, Kevin giving us some excellent John Patitucci-esque, Brazilian waterfront developments. 
Cerca de ti - Closer to you - gave George a chance to open on his blindingly yellow sun kit - very impressive percussion with some wonderful piano work from Arthur Lea.
In set 2, with Full Steam, their impressive counterpoint moved into a 4th dimension with a seamless transition into Reggae and eventually back to bebop, showcasing the band's fingertip control with Arthur and Seb really bouncing the theme around and Rich making some initially hesitant but eventually confident moves on the fretboard as Seb gallantly kneeled down to give us a better view of their guitarist. The last number before the encore, Manintal Din Sig, was a celebration of Seb's Romanian experience - he's a well-travelled bloke obviously and the clever complex chromatics of this composition reflected his take on the lively and passionate music of Eastern Europe - arousing sounds.
I was pleased that I went to see these 5 talented and good-humoured young men from London - a solid performance with outstanding dynamics control, sometimes maybe even a bit too pianissimo subtle for the genre, which crescendoed with their energetically deserved encore - Woobe - Seb's composition, also featuring him on some scat-ripping rap with typically contrapuntal prestidigitation - nice!V!
Check out some live performances on http://www.myspace.com/sebpipe showing the band playing happily to packed audiences!
Photos.
George M.

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