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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 Friday March 23


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

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free.


Jiannis Pavlidis Trio - Jazz Café, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 9:00pm. £8.00. (£6.00. advance).

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

Five Men No Dog - Prohibition Bar, Arch 3, Brandling Street, Gateshead NE8 2BA. 8:00pm (doors 7:00pm). A ‘jar on the bar’ admission event.

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.

Saturday, March 05, 2016

Jam Experiment @ The Jazz Café. March 4

Rory Ingham (trombone), Alexander Bone (alto saxophone), Toby Comeau (keyboards), Joe Lee (bass) & Jonathan Mansfield (drums)
(Review by Russell/Photo courtesy of Mike Tilley).
Many years ago Jimmy Knepper visited Newcastle. Inexplicably few turned out to hear the great man. Last night at the Jazz Café few turned out to hear a talented home-grown quintet. The Jam Experiment arrived from London, taking time out from their studies to play the first in a run of three gigs ‘up north’. Pink Lane regulars were largely absent. A hoped-for student crowd failed to show.
The Jam Experiment horns played it acoustically, their band mates – keyboards, electric bass and drums – sat behind them. Rory Ingham (trombone), Alexander Bone (alto) and pianist Toby Comeau, the principal writers in the band, put their material up for scrutiny against classic material and compositions from household names. A Mike Walker tune, a John Taylor number, All the Things You Are, then their own charts (Toby Comeau’s first set contributions Last Decade and Off on a Rant, Ingham’s Enough for Me, Bone’s First Day, Spider and It’s You). The Jam Experiment’s tunes compared favourably, more than.
The hallmark of the quintet is the group dynamic – succinct solos, a welcome absence of grandstanding, ‘attitude’ left at the door. Five easy going individuals and, key, talent one sees – and hears – all too rarely. Musicianship of the highest standard, so high it appeared they weren’t trying! Ingham’s sound is fully formed, assured. Bone has total command of his instrument. Pianist Comeau has been known to watch the sunrise writing new material – these young men are going places!
The most recent addition to the band – five string bassist Joe Lee – was on the case right from the off with a great sound and sense of time. Talking of timing, Jonathan Mansfield had it to spare. The obligatory drum solo…not really, no need. The Jam Experiment more than made a good impression. They’ll be back. Catch the band tonight (Saturday 5) at the Traveller’s Rest on West Auckland Road in Darlington (a homecoming for altoist Bone) and on Sunday playing a Seven Arts gig in Leeds. An album is in the offing. When it sees the light of day, don’t hesitate, bag yourself a collector’s item.       

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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.
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