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Ambrose Akinmusire: “I love teaching, and I love the exchange. And I’m starting to accept my role as a mentor. That sounds weird to say. But I can’t avoid the fact that there are younger musicians who are watching me.” – (Down Beat September 2017).

Mike Gibbs: “Rehearsals are a chance for players to learn my degree of vagueness.” – (Jazzwise September 2017).

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Thursday September 21

Afternoon
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Rd., nr. Newcastle NE27 0DA. 1:oopm. Free.
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Tees Valley Jazzmen - White Horse Hotel, Burtree Lane, Harrowgate Hill, Darlington DL1 3AD. 1:30pm. Free. 01325 463262.

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Evening.
Maine Street Jazzmen - Potter's Wheel, Sunniside NE16 5EE. 8:30pm. Free.
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Courtney Pine: Black Notes from the Deep - Sage Gateshead NE8 2JR. 7:30pm. £25.60. 0191 4434661.
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Katie Mac (w. 6 piece band) - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. Free.
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Emma Fisk & James Birkett - St. Cuthbert's Church, Shadforth DH6 1LF. 7:30pm.
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Pocket Jazz Orchestra: Jazz & Tapas - No. 60, Arc, Dovecote St., Stockton TS18 1LL. 7pm. £10.
Tees Hot Club w. Alan Marshall (saxes); Kevin Eland (trumpet); Ted Pearce (keys) - Dormans, Oxford Rd., Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. 9pm. Free.
New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton TS18 4AW. 8:30pm.01642 678129.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Tuesday, November 01, 2016

CD Review: Mercury – Sea Speak

Tom Thorp (saxophones & bass clarinet), Richard Jones (Fender Rhodes), Thomas Dibb (guitar), Gavin Barras (bass guitar) & Johnny Hunter (drums) + Mark Lewis (percussion, track 3)
(Review by Russell)
Two Meanings opens Mercury’s album Sea Speak with Tom Thorp’s extended, ethereal tenor saxophone introduction. There is little movement for five minutes, or thereabouts, until Richard Jones’ Fender Rhodes awakens, similarly bassist Gavin Barras slowly but surely enters the conversation. Drummer Johnny Hunter takes the bull by the horns with an energetic workout before the tune dives into the deep from whence it came.

Seven tunes, the second, the eponymous Sea Speak, emerges from the shallows with the soprano playing Tom Thorp soon shrouded in a Fender mist. Bass and drums navigate a steady course until all are submerged once more. It is on soprano that bandleader Thorp stretches out on Winterbrook, an all-too-brief Scatter precedes Thorp’s bass clarinet on Atlas with Thomas Dibb playing a considered, understated solo encouraged all the way by Hunter’s sparkling kit work, as is Thorp having switched to soprano.
Thorp impresses on tenor on the penultimate, medium tempo track – Hanging Gardens – which just about sums up the album: subtle, restrained groove.
All compositions are by Thorp with the exception of the closing track – Phalanx – which is a three-way collaboration between Thorp, Dibb and Jones. It is an all together different affair – a lively, pulsating number with Thorp obliged to ‘push the envelope’ on tenor.      
Russell.    
Sea Speak by Mercury is available at: www.mercurymanchester.co.uk

Mercury will be touring Sea Speak into 2017 with a date at the Jazz Café, Newcastle on Friday 25 November.       

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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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