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Anat Cohen: "With the tenor, it's so iconic with jazz. With the clarinet, I can improvise, but it doesn't have to be called jazz." - (DownBeat July 2019)

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Today Tuesday June 18

Afternoon

Jazz

Classic Swing - The Ship Inn, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. 0191 251 3677. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Lickety Split - Fox Inn, West End Terrace, Hexham NE46 3DB.Tel: 01434 603681. 8:30pm. Free (donations).

River City Jazzmen - Block & Tackle, Blackthorn Way, Ashington NE63 8NW. Tel: 01670 813983 (info). 8:00pm. £5.00. (inc raffle). Line-up inc special guests Don Fairley (trombone) & Maureen Hall (vocals).

To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Thursday, April 05, 2018

Kodian Trio @ The Bridge April 1

Colin Webster (saxophone); Dirk Serries (guitar); Andrew Lisle (drums).
(Review by Steve H/Photos courtesy of Ken Drew).
An Easter Sunday treat better than any chocolate egg as the Kodian trio performed two superlative sets of crunching high octane improvised jazz. Colin Webster on alto played with tremendous verve and energy, Dirk Serries played guitar in as unique a manner as I have ever seen. It was no surprise to find out that the Belgian is a veteran of the industrial-ambient music scene.
Much of time Serries played with the guitar horizontally on his lap as he plucked, strummed, bowed and picked the string with a variety of objects. The sounds and rhythms he was able to extract were quite mesmerising.
Andrew Lisle on drums somehow managed to glue the contrasting styles of the guitar and sax so that the trio performed as a tight single entity. Most of the music seemed to be played at 100mph before the band really cranked it up. However, there were some more gentle reflective passages of play too but all in all it was as an exhilarating and exciting performance that anyone could wish for.
Only an April fool would have missed it.
Steve H.     

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