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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 Thursday July 19

Afternoon

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Road, Holystone NE27 0DA. Tel: 266 6173. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Maine St. Jazzmen - Sunniside Social Club, Holywell Lane, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5NJ. 8:30pm. Free.

Alexys de Alfaro: Guitar Dreams with Coco Vega - Prohibition Bar, Arch 3, Brandling Street, Gateshead NE8 2BA. Doors 7:00pm. A ‘jar on the bar’ gig. Guitar & percussion.

Alter Ego - St James’ & St Basil’s Church, Fenham Hall Drive, Newcastle NE4 9EJ. 7:30pm. £10.00.

Jesse Bannister Quartet - Jazz Café, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 8:00pm. £10.00. (£8.00. concs.). JNE.

Northern Monkey Brass Band - Jubilee Park, Spennymoor DL16. 6:00-9:00pm. Free. Big BRASS Bash (Durham Brass Festival).

New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees TS18 4AW. 8:30pm.

Tees Hot Club w. Donna Hewitt (alto); Josh Bentham (tenor); Dave Archbaid (keys) - Dormans Club, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Tel: 01642 823813. 9pm. Free.

Jazz Jam - Fire Station, High Street West, Sunderland SR1 3DT. Tel: 0191 594 7241. 8pm. Free.

Billy's Buskers: Plug in and Play - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 7:00pm. Free.

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.)
Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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