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Danny Gatton: "I was tired of playing in beer joints. I wanted to do something tangible like building cars. But once you do music it gets into your blood. You can get away from it for awhile but sooner or later it comes back to you." - (Down Beat April 1991).

Tal Farlow: "There were times when I would stop [playing guitar] and do sign painting." - (Downbeat December 5, 1963)

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Today Wednesday August 23

Afternoon
Vieux Carre Jazzmen - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
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Evening.
New Orleans Jazz at the Village Hall - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Rd., Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:15pm. £3.
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Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. £1. 8pm.
Billy's Acoustic Blues - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free (weekly).
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Monday, October 05, 2015

Jazz Co-op @ The Globe: Jazz Latin Groove: October 3

Debra Milne (vocals); Steve Summers (sop/ten sax, hand drums, tabla, percussion); Alan Law (piano); Paul Grainger (bass); Tim Johnston (drums)
(Review by Ann Alex)
The band gave us a very enjoyable, varied, and adventurous programme of groovy, boppy, Latin numbers and Debra is to be congratulated for attempting some rather difficult songs.  I loved Steve Summers sax solos, these were real solos which displayed a genuine connection with the original tunes and chords, not just a cacophonous collections of sounds, such as I’ve heard sometimes from more famous names.  And he’s a dab hand on hand drums (sorry to be repetitive!) and percussion.  The rest of the band did their stuff admirably, Alan steaming away on keys, even after an afternoon of teaching on the Jazz Co-op workshop: Paul as dependable and skilled as ever; and Tim drumming sensitively in the many ways demanded by the tunes.
They’d played Song For My Father before I arrived, then up stepped Debra, a flower in her hair, with Wave, every word clear and sweet, followed by Coltrane’s groovy Equinox. Her next number Spain demanded tricky, bop-like singing, then came Spooky ‘love is kinda crazy, with a spooky little boy like you’ and Tim using mallets on the drums for a spooky effect. Afro Blue opened with just voice, bass and drums, then Steve moved sinuously down the scales on sax, instrumentally interesting stuff. Miles Davis classic tune So What was sung, with lyrics by Eddie Jefferson, about how ‘Miles Davis left the stage when his solo was over’. The first half was rounded off with 2 of Debra’s regular songs, Consider Me Gone and Senor Blues.    
The second half began with an unusual wordless song, very pleasant listening, then came the tune Killer Joe, with lyrics by Debra (Relax). Other songs included You’re In My Heart; a song in Spanish with voice and piano only; Chick Corea’s Five Hundred Miles High and I’m Comin’ Home. And at that point I had to go home, so perhaps someone else could add a comment about the final part of the gig.
Ann Alex

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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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