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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 Saturday March 24


Dave Donohoe Band - St Augustine’s Parish Centre, Larchfield Street, Darlington DL3 7TG. 12:30pm.

Tees Valley Jazzmen - Hardwick Arms Hotel, 1 North End, Sedgefield TS21 2AZ. Tel: 01740 622305. 1:30pm. Free.


Ladies of Midnight Blue - Live Theatre, Broad Chare, Newcastle NE1 3DQ. Tel: 0191 232 1232. 8:00pm. £12.00. (advance). Hannabiell, Yilis & co. Jumpin’ Hot Club gig.

Rob Heron & the Tea Pad Orchestra -Scarth Memorial Hall, Staindrop, Co Durham DL2 3JL. Tel: 01388 660786. 8:00pm. £9.00., £5.00. child.

Tyne Valley Big Band - TORCH Centre, Corbridge Road, Hexham NE46 1QS. 7:30pm.

Billy Bootleggers All Star Band - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

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

Friday, December 18, 2015

Led Bib @ The Jazz Café Dec. 16

Chris Williams, Pete Grogan (alto saxes); Toby McLaren (keyboards); Liran Donin (bass); Mark Holub (drums)
(Review by Steve H/Photo courtesy of Ken Drew).
From the moment the band kicked off with a 100mph hour explosive blast to the moment it ended in a gentle coda this gig was the ultimate in high energy ‘Power Jazz’. There was standing room only for former Mercury prize nominees Led Bib and the audience was not disappointed. The music was loud, brash and unforgiving. Holub on drums and Donin on bass were unrelenting, creating a storm behind the 2 alto players Grogan and Jazz Café regular Chris Williams, (this being his third visit to the upstairs room in as many months).  Mclaren on keyboards got up to all sorts of mischief with the electronics at his disposal. This band certainly don’t do cool and easy listening but rather wild, invigorating and totally uplifting contemporary jazz.
Steve H.

1 comment :

Paul Bream said...

Spot on Steve - "wild, invigorating and totally uplifting" says it all - it was great to find that a band which has been on the scene for more than a decade is just getting better & better, yet still with an instantly recognisable trademark sound.
And since their gig on Wednesday news has come through that Led Bib has been selected as one of the UK's two representatives at next year's Jazzahead - the biggest showcase for jazz anywhere in Europe. The other chosen band is Laura Jurd's Dinosaur, who have also played a Jazz North East gig in Newcastle within the past couple of months. So where JNE goes today, the rest of Europe follows tomorrow!

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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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