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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, July 02, 2016

John Martin’s Hidden Notes @ The Jazz Café. July 1

John Martin (tenor saxophone), Ralph Wyld (vibraphone), Rob Updegraff (guitar), Tim Fairhall (double bass) & Tim Giles (drums)
(Review by Russell/Photos courtesy of Mike Tilley)
From Wylam to Wales, for the most part the punters were elsewhere. Wylam Brewery’s new parkland palace of musical and bacchanalian delight was open for business and the Principality’s Welsh Wizards held the goggle-box fan of the beautiful game in its thrall.
Newcastle’s Jazz Café dismissed such alternative attractions in favour of pursuing John Martin’s Hidden Notes.
John Martin and his quintet of band mates have frequented Newcastle’s jazz rooms in a number of outfits in recent times; the Bridge Hotel, the Lit and Phil and here at the Jazz Café. The tenor saxophonist’s Hidden Notes project first saw them record an album and now they are on tour. All of the tunes in the set list were from the F-IRE label CD Spirit of Adventure. This Jazz Café performance burnished the studio recording; John Martin’s exploration of multiphonics in tonal music didn’t in any way constrain his tenor playing on the evening and Ralph Wyld’s dazzling four-mallet vibes playing impressed  again a  matter of days after his appearance with Tim Richards. Heptopia opened the programme with the leader in robust form. A more muscular approach to that heard on the album, it was good to hear John Martin stretch out a little. Rob Updegraff’s Telecaster prompting and probing added to the mix as the two Tims – bassist Fairhall and in demand drummer Giles – were right in there, fully immersed in Martin’s compositions.
The bluesy Folklore steered a grittier path and, as the composer Martin referred to it, the ‘disgruntled’ Giant’s Stomp showcased Wyld’s vibes with Fairhall’s walking bass line a guiding light. The new album’s title track Spirit of Adventure hinted at an Eastern theme with Updegraff’s scorching solo a highlight as Tim Giles’ trademark rattling percussive style impressed an attentive Friday night crowd.

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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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