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Piers Paul Read: "Bruce Reynolds and Biggs shared an interest in Sex, Jazz and Hemingway." - (The Train Robbers by Piers Paul Read, Coronet Books 1979.)

George Shearing: "Speaking about Johann Sebastian Bach I think he'd be a real jazzer if he were alive today. I mean any man who has two wives, twenty kids, gets kicked out of the church for being too harmonically radical and drinks beer can't be all wrong can he?" - (Crescendo March 1984.)

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Today Friday July 20

Happy Birthdays to - Brian Chester, Paul Grainger, Emma Frampton.
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Afternoon

Rendezvous Jazz - Monkseaton Arms, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. Tel: 0191 251 3928. 1:00pm. Free.

Greg Abate with Paul Edis (duo set) - Gala Theatre, Millennium Place, Durham DH1 1WA. Tel: 03000 266 600. 1:00pm. £5.00.

Little Mo Trio - SummerTyne Americana Festival, Sage Gateshead NE8 2JR. 3:00pm. Free. Jumpin’ Hot Club Stage (outdoor, Performance Square). Full Americana program.

Evening

Greg Abate with Paul Edis Trio - Jazz Café, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 8:00pm. £10.00. & £8.00. JNE.

Zoë Gilby & Alan Law: Beatles Bossa and Beyond - National Glass Centre, Liberty Way, Sunderland SR6 0GL. Tel: 0191 568 9700. 7:30pm. £27.50. (welcome drink, 3-course meal, booking essential).

Northern Monkey Brass Band - Town Park, Burn Lane, Newton Aycliffe DL5 4NP. 6:00-9:00pm. Free. Big BRASS Bash (Durham Brass Festival).

Big BRASS Bash - Town Park, Aycliffe. 6:00-9:00pm. Free. Durham Brass Festival.

Somethin’ Blue - Houndgate Townhouse, 11 Houndgate, Darlington DL1 5RF. 7:30pm. Matt Case (saxophone) & Mike Hepple (guitar). First Friday in month residency.

Lounge Lizards - St. Mary & St. Patrick's Church, Lambley (nr. Haltwhistle), Northumberland CA8 7LQ. 7:30pm. £5.

Stax Brothers - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7pm.

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

Monday, November 23, 2015

CD Review: Malija – The Day I Had Everything

Mark Lockheart (tenor & soprano saxophones, bass clarinet), Liam Noble (piano) & Jasper Høiby (double bass) + Ligeti Quartet: Mandhira de Saram (violin), Patrick Dawkins (violin), Richard Jones (viola) & Val Welbanks (cello) (tracks 2 & 11)
(Review by Russell)
Malija comprises three familiar names on the contemporary European jazz scene; Mark Lockheart (Loose Tubes, Polar Bear), Liam Noble (Julian Siegel, Bobby Wellins, Tom Rainey) and Jasper Høiby (Julia Biel, Phronesis). The reeds, piano and double bass trio began their enduring working relationship in 2009 recording, and subsequently touring, Lockheart’s In Deep CD project. The Day I Had Everything is, according to Lockheart: about many musical things…to me this is London jazz music, distinct and different from the American sound.
Eleven tracks, five composed by Lockheart, three each by Noble and Høiby, with strings augmenting two cuts, The Day I Had Everything is a masterful example of chamber jazz markedly of our time. Elegant, subtle, robust, heart-felt, this new Edition Records release surprises, and, in turn, reassures the listener. Myriad influences pepper the recording (CD and LP format); Ellingtonia, township, tango, classical motif, late-night Ronnies’ hosting the great American horn players of yesteryear. The opening track – Squared – is the first tune the trio ever played together. It reminds the trio of a ‘bluegrass feel’. It certainly has a forward motion propelled by Lockheart’s tenor.
Noble’s Mr Wrack strides purposefully into an urgent, discordant tenor squall. Lockheart’s The Pianist is a piece inspired by two musicians that the composer and pianist Noble – Duke Ellington and Earl Hines – love to bits. Measured Ellington and muscular tenor somehow work hand in glove. Malija (Ma – Mark; li – Liam, ja – Jasper), the title track, embraces breathy tenor, stately classicism, an elegant township melody as might be played by Loose Tubes, resolving on Høiby’s bass pattern.
Almost a Tango may or may not be almost a tango. One thing is for sure – the tune shifts constantly, never still, twisting tenor, Noble’s commanding piano. Mark Lockheart’s One for Us sounds for all the world like a celebration of the magic of the moment when, only in jazz, the music captures the essence of why so many listen to it. You’ve been there – a beer in hand, late night, a great gig, then one tune hits home. Jazz at its best.
The Ligeti Quartet recorded two contributions at Trinity Laban, London (strings arranged by Mark Lockheart) and the trio recorded over two days in Cardiff at Fieldgate Studios in May, 2015. The Day I Had Everything by Malija will be released on November 27. The Edition Records CD catalogue no. is: EDN 1064. Heartily recommended.      
Russell.

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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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