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Frank Zappa: "There was so much acid during the '60s that it was very easy for large numbers of people to think they had seen God as soon as the Beatles went boom, boom, boom, you know?." - (DownBeat May 18, 1978). – (DownBeat May 18, 1978).

Ryan Keberle: “Don't be easy on yourself when it comes to playing with perfect intonation. All other instruments will be playing with close-to-perfect intonation; the same should be expected of trombonists.'” – (DownBeat April 2018)

Today Thursday March 22


Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Road, Holystone NE27 0DA. Tel: 266 6173. 1:00pm. Free.

Higher Education & Research Presents: Future Grooves - Sage Gateshead. 12 noon. £5.00. Showcase performances by BMus & BA degree course students featuring jazz and non-jazz sets.

Tees Valley Jazzmen - White Horse Hotel, Burtree Lane, Harrowgate Hill, Darlington DL1 3AD. Tel: 01325 463262. 1:30pm. Free.


MGB: Milne Glendinning Band - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £5.00. Milne, Glendinning, Katy Trigger (bass) & Nik Alevroyiannis (drums).

BABMUS @ Jazz Café, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8:00pm. £3.00. (£2.00. students/MU).

Rob Heron & the Tea Pad Orchestra - St Cuthbert’s Centre, Church Hill, Crook DL15 9DN. Tel: 01388 765002. 7:30pm. £7.50., £5.00. child, £20.00. family.

Higher Education & Research Presents: Future Grooves - Sage Gateshead. 7:30pm. £5.00. Showcase performances by BMus & BA degree course students featuring jazz and non-jazz sets.

Ada Francis & the Italic Quartet - Las Iguanas, Grey Street, Newcastle NE1 6AF. Tel: 0191 232 9729. 7:30pm. Fortnightly restaurant residency. Line-up: Ada Francis (vocals); Jimmy Jefford (tenor saxophone); Ben Richardson (piano); Luke Gaul (bass) & Harry Still (drums).

New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees TS18 4AW. 8:30pm.

Maine Street Jazzmen - Potter’s Wheel, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5EE. Tel: 0191 488 8068. 8:30pm. Free.

Tees Hot Club w. Gus Smith (vocal); Richie Emmerson (tenor); Bruce Taylor (keys) - Dorman’s Club, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Tel: 01642 823813. 9pm. Free.

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

Monday, March 23, 2015

Tam de Villiers Quartet @ The Bridge Hotel. March 22

Tam de Villiers (guitar), David Prez (tenor saxophone), Frédéric Chiffoleau (double bass) & Karl Jannuska (drums)
(Review by Russell/Photo courtesy of Ken Drew).
Tam de Villiers has been touring his Whirlwind Recordings album Panacea. A string of European dates, including British dates the length and breadth of the country, concluded with a Splinter gig at the Bridge Hotel, Newcastle. Sunday night regulars turned out in a show of Anglo-French solidarity. de Villiers, British born, has lived in Paris since 2003. His French is, no doubt, better than your reviewer’s English (not difficult). Would he have command of the language of jazz?
Left-handed, cream-coloured Fender Strat. Pedals. All compositions, bar one, were those of De Villiers. Playing with a plectrum, and frequently without, the amiable guitarist had the fret board covered from the off. Powerful, shredded woodshed riffs, de Villiers had a well-developed creative partnership with tenor saxophonist David Prez. Unison lines had clearly been worked on during the tour and the Bridge audience heard them at their best.
The first set of five tunes was topped and tailed by As Above, So Below and a suite of two compositions – Toner Totem and Totem Toner. It wasn’t quite the finale to the first set. A local hero provided the closer. Mr G Sumner’s Walking on the Moon happens to be a tune de Villiers likes.
Down in the bar El Clasico was on the telly. Barca ahead. A few more in the Nou Camp (90,000, approximately 89,980 more than in the upstairs room at the Bridge Hotel). The second set went up a gear. Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing, Soup and Morse Code Fantasy gave bassist Frédéric Chiffoleau the opportunity to show off his great sound and technique. So too drummer Karl Jannuska – another technically accomplished performer. Album sales were brisk well before the end of the gig and the final number – Duplex – heard some of de Villiers best work of the night, thus ensuring a rousing reception and more CD sales!       

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Bebop Spoken Here -- Here, being the north-east of England -- centred in the blues heartland of Newcastle and reaching down to the Tees Delta and looking upwards to the Land of the Kilt.
Not a very original title, I know; not even an accurate one as my taste, whilst centred around the music of Bird and Diz, extends in many directions and I listen to everything from King Oliver to Chick Corea and beyond. Not forgetting the Great American Songbook the contents of which has provided the inspiration for much great jazz and quality popular singing for round about a century.
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