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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.

Monday, October 31, 2016

Hannabiell and Midnight Blue @ Trimdon Colliery and Deaf Hill Working Mens Club October 30

Hannabiell Sanders (trombone, percussion), Mercedes Philips (sax, percussion), Luke Gaul (guitar), James Robson (bass), Joe Hawke (drums), Yilis Suriel (percussion), Mark Barfoot (percussion).
(Review by Steve T)
Sunday nights in out of the way places seem to be becoming as commonplace as elongated reviews, swipes at mass media pop icons and imbibing, a splendid word that's slipped into my own personal parole, courtesy Mr Edis senior.
The Trimdons: Village, Colliery and Station are part of the old coal-mining community in County Durham and this was the closing event of Trimfest, an eleven-day 'celebration of art, music and cultures from across the world', funded by Gem Arts and the lottery.
The club official who introduced the band guessed we weren't in for Whiskey in the Jar - only from the bar - but promised 'Afro-Caribbean and Latin percussion, Jazz, Afro-beat and reggae' wondering out loud 'God knows what that is'.
Stage cluttered with more percussion than Keith Moon had onstage completely out of his reach (oops, there I go again), part of a hefty rhythm section with a guitar uncompromisingly set to 'heavy'.
A lively, chatty, charismatic leader, seriously impressive on trombone and percussion, and an amazing saxophonist with real feel for Jazz, repeated solos never becoming boring, great horn section work with the leader and terrific exchanges with the guitar.
It could have slipped into 'streets of brass' but never did, because of the level of musicianship, including people who know how to play percussion and aren't just banging away at something while resting their first instrument, solid fusion style bass and Santanaesque guitar.
Featuring all original material, the highlight for me was Pacos Funk.
Wah wah guitar, Mark Barfoot slapping his djembe like ' Master' Henry Gibson with Curtis Mayfield, pumping hot bass-line, horns in unison then sax slipped into solo, 'Master' Mark upping the pressure, guitar solo continuing a tradition of rock guitar in funk going back to Eddie Hazel (Funkadelic), Ernie Isley and Drac (Slave).
The horns came back in behind the solo, the whole band 'cookin' and the audience of well over forty 100% attentive, clapping along and cheering and whooping at the end.
They're a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic band, mostly former students of Newcastle University and led by the ever energetic Hannabiell, with a PHD in Protest Culturewhich gives their album its name.
As multi-culturalism seeps through the farthest reaches of Britain, expect to see them at the most unlikely places. She's on a mission to save the world with music and who's to say she won't succeed.
Steve T.



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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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