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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, March 05, 2012

Portico Quartet/Matthew Halsall Trio @ The Sage

Portico Quartet: Jack Wyllie (soprano and tenor saxophone), Duncan Bellamy (drums), Milo Fitzpatrick (double bass), and Keir Vine (Hang and percussion). 
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Matthew Halsall Trio: Matthew Halsall (trumpet, effects); Taz Modi (keys, effects); Luke Flowers (drums, percussion, effects.)
Hall Two was well attended - all three tiers were occupied.. The crowd showed their appreciation for both bands with Woo-Hoos and whistles as well as the traditional double forté application of right hand against left at a tempo approaching Allegro. These guys were going down well so why didn't I go along with the flow?
Perhaps I was worried about the electricity bill - with so many devices on stage it surely over loaded the National Grid. Maybe it was because I like to hear a trumpet solo that contains the occasional semi-quaver or two. Possibly it was because I prefer the music to be master of the electronics rather than vice-versa. More likely it's because I'm of an age where musical values rate higher than loops and synths and variable whatsits.
Both bands did what they do do well 'cept they didn't do it for me.
Right place - wrong time I guess.
Lance.

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