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Anat Cohen: "With the tenor, it's so iconic with jazz. With the clarinet, I can improvise, but it doesn't have to be called jazz." - (DownBeat July 2019)

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Today Tuesday June 18

Afternoon

Jazz

Classic Swing - The Ship Inn, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. 0191 251 3677. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Lickety Split - Fox Inn, West End Terrace, Hexham NE46 3DB.Tel: 01434 603681. 8:30pm. Free (donations).

River City Jazzmen - Block & Tackle, Blackthorn Way, Ashington NE63 8NW. Tel: 01670 813983 (info). 8:00pm. £5.00. (inc raffle). Line-up inc special guest Don Fairley (trombone).

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

Monday, November 05, 2012

ACV @ The Bridge. Sunday Nov. 4

Andy Champion (bs); Graeme Wilson (ten/bar); Mark Williams (gtr); Paul Edis (pno); Adrian Tilbrook (dms).
(Review by Lance.)
A brilliant session - who could say otherwise? This is The Cream of north-east contemporary jazz. Five guys at the top of their game - it would be difficult, if not impossible, to replace any of them.
The sets were based around their previously released album Fail in Wood.  One of the best ever albums made by a local band, tonight's live performances were perhaps the perfect examples of the band going for it - kicking ass - we are the champions (well at least one of them was) - it was tremendous.
Amazingly, Andy announced after each number that the band would probably never play these pieces again! Okay, so they've got a new CD coming out in the Spring but to discard this wonderful music so flippantly and - to not even have copies of the CD at hand to flog - makes me wonder at the marketing strategy of jazz people!
That said, and I'm sure there are deeper motives behind all this bizarreness, it was a terrific gig. Graeme blew baritone that reminded me of hearing John Surman for the first time. Mark, Paul and Andy were "merely, absolutely  superb" and Adrian - well, Adrian displayed just how tastefully you can kick seven shades out of a Gretsch kit - in fact I think AT may have kicked 8 plus!
But, if you guys don't intend to ever play these tunes again,, I'm just thankful that Bird and Beethoven, Monk and Mozart or Ellington and Elgar didn't choose to go down that road.
Photos.
Lance.

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