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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.

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

Monday, May 02, 2016

CD Review: Matt Wilson's Big Happy Family - Beginning of a Memory.

(Review by Lance).
I should have listened to the album before reading the notes. That way my judgement may have possibly been more objective.
I didn't, and so it became a heart v head thing. In the end, it didn't matter - as always the heart won but the head also prevailed.
Explanation time!
Wilson lost his wife, Felicia, in June 2014 and this is his tribute album which incorporates members of the various bands drummer Wison led over the years. All of whom were eager to contribute to an album in Felicia's memory.. It's a stunning and emotional collection. Wilson says, "It celebrates her relationship with all of these folks because Felicia had a really special relationship with each and every one of them."
So, every  blown note meant something. I'd never heard of Felicia until today and yet, already, I was in love with her memory and the music from the musicians on this disc who she inspired so much.
That's the heart having had its say!
The head doesn't disagree.
At times it's frantic, at other times it's pastoral - maybe Mingus meeting Debussy at a crossroads in Georgia. Whatever, this is ace high.
I often wonder, why would you want to buy an album by the latest new kid on the block when there are so many better discs by the, sadly, long gone greats?
That question isn't posed here although it may be many years hence.
Highly rec!
Terrell Stafford (tpt); Kirk Knuffke (cor); Jeff Ledere (sop/ten/clt); Joel Frahm (ten/sop0; Andrew D'Angelo (alt/bs clt); Gary Vercase (pno/org/acc); Larry Goldings (pno); Martin Wind, Paul Sikivie, Yosuke Inque, Chris Lightcap (bs); Matt Balitsaris (gtr); Matt Wilson (dms).

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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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