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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.

Saturday, May 09, 2015

Linda Sharrock Group/Knotts/MacCalman and Pope @ Black Swan, Newcastle. - May 7, A JNE ‘Women Make Music’ presentation

Linda Sharrock (voice); Mario Rechtern (saxophones); Derek Saw (trumpet & flugelhorn); John Jasnoch (guitar); Charlie Collins (drums & percussion).
(Review/photos by Ken Drew.)
The quartet of guitar, brass (various) and drums played fervently with regular and sometimes sporadic interjections from Linda’s vocalese in the form of wailing, screaming, moans and whelping. Linda‘s soaring, swelling sound is just as penetrating as it is striking. The many repetitions of short phrases served to drive the quartet into searching deep into the corners of the soaring, swirling and dynamic soundscape they created.
A superb performance. Yet energy draining to an extent that it was an endurance test of voice, quartet and indeed audience of how to hold everyone’s attention with much repetition, yet not, with screaming, yet varied, and with shrill-energy draining and exhausting vocals, yet not.   What a very powerful performance, not just by Linda but by the whole ensemble who were perfectly matched - Berlin born saxophone master Mario Rechtern together with leading UK improvisers Charlie Collins, John Jasnoch, and Derek Saw.  Amazing.  And yet another improv gig which will leave a lasting impression.

Shelley Knotts (electronics); Faye MacCalman (tenor sax); John Pope (bass)
Earlier, the trio of Knotts, MacCalman and Pope,  playing an opening set of around 30 minutes, gave a unique performance, proving themselves to be some of the most interesting young players on the local improvised music scene. I can’t do justice to the performance but the ebb & flow of background electronics nicely complemented the Bass and Sax interplay, with solos along the way. Hopefully we’ll see them again soon with our appetites suitably whetted! Ken.

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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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Lance (Who wishes it to be known that he is not responsible for postings other than his own and that he's not always responsible for them.)
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