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Michelle Coltrane: "It was Geri Allen who told me, 'Why don't you work with a guitar player? It's a lot easier. They're mobile, all the pianos are out of tune'" - DownBeat March 2018.

Verneri Pohjola: “I've been trying to get away from being 'a young and promising trumpet player' for over twenty years” DownBeat March 2018.

Today Saturday February 24

Afternoon

Nikki Iles Masterclass - Music Department, Durham University, Palace Green, Durham DH13RL. 1:30pm. £.3.00. Open to the public as observers.

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

Evening

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

Customs House Big Band - Customs House, Mill Dam, South Shields NE33 1ES. Tel: 0191 454 1234. 7:30pm. £12.00.

Mighty Smokin’ Spitfires - Forum Music Centre, Borough Road, Darlington DL1 1SG. 8:00pm (doors). £10.00. Augmented line-up: David Blakey (trumpet), Lloyd Howell (perc.).

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

Wednesday, June 08, 2016

CD Review: Naftule’s Dream – Blood

Glen Dickson: clarinet, Gary Bohan: cornet, Michael McLaughlin: accordion, Andrew Stern: guitar, Jim Gray: tuba, Eric Rosenthal: drums
(Review by Steve H.)
Naftule’s Dream evolved out of the Radical Jewish Culture movement of the ‘90s, originally recording on John Zorn’s Tzadik label.
However, this is the first album the band have recorded together since 2002. The music fuses traditional klezmer music with Eastern European folk music, rock and contemporary jazz - a veritable potpourri of styles which somehow seem to blend in with each other to produce a thoroughly interesting and entertaining piece of work. 
The album must have one of the longest opening number titles in music history - Sitting in Some Train Watching the Tuscan Landscape Go Speeding Backward   yet somehow it seems to fit the bill perfectly invoking the feeling of travelling and the journey that awaits us. The title track Blood is inspired by an Isaac Bashevis Singer short story about a kosher butcher who seems to get his lines blurred between carnal desire and the slitting of animal throats. As said above, the music fuses many styles but one constant throughout the album are the marvellous rhythms stamped out by tuba player Jim Gray.  Some tracks have a manic raucous feel to them such as Boss Shabbos and Chasing Ivo Livi whilst others Klez Spiritual and the closing number the dreamy In Search of a Lullaby have a more gentle feel. A fascinating and uplifting album well worth a dance to.
Steve H.

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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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