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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.

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Svarc Hanley Longhawn @ The Jazz Café. March 11

Nik Svarc (guitar), Martin Longhawn (organ) & Steve Hanley (drums)
(Review by Russell/Photo courtesy of Mike Tilley.)
The Leeds jazz scene just keeps on giving. Tonight’s guests made the short road trip to Tyneside for the first time since their appearance at last year’s Gateshead Jazz Festival. Guitarist Nik Svarc had made a more recent visit to the Jazz Café working with another combo but this guitar-organ-drums trio is a regular working unit with recorded material documenting their sound.
Nik Svarc, Martin Longhawn (Nord C1) and drummer Steve Hanley aren’t for the hard sell; play a couple of tunes, say a few words, albeit reluctantly, then play another two or three tunes. They opened with a lowdown Stratocaster groove, slowly decaying, turning into a swing time section before Svarc took it out on a groove via a looping pedal board.
Deceptively effortless, the trio’s sense of time is masterful. Svarc’s pedal board enables him to produce myriad looping sounds but it is his guitar playing that truly dazzles. The organ-drums combination – Longhawn’s swirling, smokin’ riffs, Hanley’s mesmerising drum patterns – dovetails seamlessly with Svarc’s imperious solo flights.
Military medium Hanley, a stalking Longhawn (the Hammond pedals sound), Nik Svarc set about concealing All Blues in loop upon loop, lost in time and space. A Svarc number had Scofield written all over it, a Hanley tune, with seemingly little going on, developed incrementally, the trio immersed in the complexity of it all.
Second set, a Tyneside vocalist, just out of a session, dropped by as Svarc hit Piety Street Scofield. Our vocalist exclaimed: Dead groovy! Dead right! The Jazz Café’s Friday night audience listened (it can be done) as the trio launched into what was to be the tune of the night. Bop, in-the-pocket swing, smokin’ Hammond, smokin’ Svarc, the trio took Seven Steps to Heaven.       
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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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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