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Bebop Spoken There

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.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

GIJF Day 2: Skeltr - Sage Gateshead, April 7.

Skeltr - Sam Healy (sax,electronics) Craig Hanson(drums)
(Review by Steve H/Photo courtesy of Ken Drew) 
I first encountered this band last July at The Bridge, Newcastle and gave them a rave review. They should have been  back in Newcastle at the Jazz Café  last month but sadly this had to be cancelled due to the inclement weather and the fact they were playing Ronnie Scott’s the night before the gig (Craig Hanson told me after the gig that this was the first time he'd ever been inside the legendary club).
Luckily we didn’t have to wait too long for them to reappear on Tyneside as they had been scheduled to play the late night slot in Sage 2 on day 2 of this year’s GIJF. My only concern prior to Saturday night’s appearance had been that the duo couldn’t possibly live up to my very high expectations. I needn’t have worried as Skeltr picked up from where they left off in July and delivered what for me was the ‘set’ of the festival.
Soaring sax lines and fabulous drums patterns merged with electronic samples to produce a magnificent sonic funky soundscape. On their previous appearance the band was in its infancy and couldn’t be 100% confident how things would work out with their range of complex electronic gadgetry. Having performed extensively since then everything was as sharp as a cut throat razor and bang on the money so although the raw excitement of the unexpected may have been diminished it was certainly made up for by the sheer tightness and expertise that has since evolved.
Anyway, the good news is both Sam and Craig love playing in the North East and will be performing their rescheduled gig at the Jazz Cafe on November 22. Put that date in your diary now and underline it. As I’ve said before, this band is really going places.
Steve H.

1 comment :

Sam from SKeltr said...

Really appreciate your comments Steve - It's great to get support from the North East Jazz Family! we do love playing in your neck of the woods. Hope we can keep making great music for the benefit of all!

Sam

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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.
The idea of this blog is for you to share your thoughts and pass on your comments on discs, gigs, jazz - music in general. If you've been to a gig/concert or heard a CD that knocked you sideways please share your views with us. Tell us about your favourites, your memories, your dislikes.
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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