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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.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Josh Sinton Trio + Improvisers Work Shop Ensemble @ The Bridge November 13

Josh Sinton (baritone sax); Han-earl Park (guitar); Dominic Lash (bass)
(Review by Steve H/Photos courtesy of Ken Drew).
Sunday night at The Bridge saw the first visit to Tyneside of  Brooklynite Josh Sinton and Korean Han-earl Park. Completing an international trio of great aplomb was British born bass player Dom Lash. This was an esoteric offering of deep, dark and moody free jazz. Sinton plays mostly in the lower registers but conjures up a vast array of sounds taking the listener on a fascinating musical journey. Park augmented the proceedings with fascinating minimalist scratchy guitar sounds whilst Lash was a revelation on the double bass. The trio played one long piece which was greeted with warm and enthusiastic applause by the most respectably sized audience. Josh Sinton a musical anglophile thanked the audience with great humility saying how they had contributed to the success of the evening. A short encore then ensued rewarding everyone for their attendance.

Earlier in the evening saw the inaugural performance of Improvisers Work Shop Ensemble this is a group that meets monthly on Sundays at The Bridge. There was a variety of well-known local musicians on stage joined by several members who I did not recognise. Anyhow a thoroughly (dare I say surprisingly) entertaining set was delivered. I recommend any budding improviser to give it a go one Sunday afternoon after all, it’s the taking part, not the winning that counts.

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.
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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