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Today Saturday February 22

Afternoon

Jazz

Electric Guitar Masterclass – The Music of Robben Ford - Sage Gateshead, St Mary’s Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR. Tel: 0191 443 4661. 10:00am. £15.00. Jamie Mackay conducts a masterclass looking at the work of former Miles Davis’ sideman Robben Ford.

Evening

Daniel John Martin w Swing Manouche - Core Music, 14a/b Gilesgate, Hexham NE46 3NJ. Tel: 01434 601993. 8:00pm. Donations (suggested donation £10.00.). DJM w Mick Shoulder (guitar); Giles Strong (guitar); Ian Paterson (double bass).

Blues/Funk/Soul

Half Hand Hoodoo Band - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

Boys of Brass - Brandling Villa, Haddricks Mill Road, South Gosforth, Newcastle NE3 1QL. Tel: 0191 284 0490. 9:00pm. Free.

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

Monday, February 13, 2012

Wilbur’s Fate @ The Bridge Hotel. February 12.


Matthew T. Forster (ten/bs.clt); Jordie Cooke (gtr); John Pope (bs); Dave McKeague (dms).
A select audience welcomed the return of Wilbur’s Fate to the regular Sunday Splinter sessions. Tune-smiths Jordi Cooke (guitar) and Matthew Forster (tenor sax/bass clarinet) were in the company of regular bassist John Pope and depping drummer Dave McKeague. 
The set opened with Cooke’s Animation of a Puppet, an early song writing effort from the amiable Cumbrian guitarist. It was given a good work-out by this developing quartet. A Matt Forster tune – All Bets Are Off – signalled a modern jazz feel which drummer McKeague handled with ease. Pope’s double bass was temporarily out of commission so this meant we were in for a night of electric bass Jaco/Stanley Clarke style. Bass and drums got into a funk groove of which the Jazz Crusaders would have been proud. Cooke’s guitar sound is his own with hints of McLaughlin, Scofield and Metheny to name but three. The modern jazz sound of Absolute Destination closed the first set. 
A visit to the bar, a chat with drummer McKeague (another graduate of the BMus course at Newcastle College) and it was time for the second set. Forster evoked the spirit of Tim Garland as the band got Lost at Sea. Grinning Mouths with a Metheny vibe and Hoping for Déjà Vu (a Forster composition) with its fractured rhythms illustrated the degree to which this band has developed as an improvising quartet. The Happy Song featured McKeague and Visitors (comp.Cooke) revealed Forster as a potent tenor player in the mould of Gary Turner (Extreme Measures). A good gig from one of the bright hopes of the north east scene.
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Russell   

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