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Dennis Lichtman: "You can be as nerdy and intricate as you want. But if the rhythm section is thumping, any schmo can walk in off the street and be moved by it." - (DownBeat, December 2018).

Today Thursday November 15

Afternoon

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Rd., Holystone NE27 0DA. Tel: 0191 266 6173. 1:00pm. Free.

Shoeshop Quartet - King’s Hall, Armstrong Building, Newcastle University NE1 7RU. 1:10pm. Free.

Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society - Gateshead Central Library, Prince Consort Rd., Gateshead NE8 4LN. 5:00pm. Fortnightly meeting.

Evening

Alan Glen Trio - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £6.00. & £3.00.

Paul Skerritt & James Harrison - Black Swan Bar, Newcastle Arts Centre, Westgate Rd., Newcastle NE1 1SG. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 8:00pm. Free.

Maine St. Jazzmen - Sunniside Social Club, Holywell Lane, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5NJ. 8:30pm. Free. Sitters in welcome!

New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees TS18 4AW. 8:30pm.

Radio Pensicola Band - Dormans Club, Oxford Rd., Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Tel: 01642 823813. 9pm. Free. Music from the '20s to the '40s w. Kevin Eland (tpt); Dave Archbold (keys); Ron Smith (bs); Django; Donna Hewitt (sax); Mark Hawkins (dms).

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

Friday, July 13, 2018

Russ Morgan Quartet @The Jazz Café - July 12

Mark Williams (guitar); Paul Edis (piano); Andy Champion (double bass); Russ Morgan (drums)
(Review and photo by Russell)
Russ Morgan revisiting charts he played when working in the south east...a tasty prospect! Relocating to the northeast drummer Morgan quickly established himself as a first call musician. This debut gig leading his own quartet came up trumps...as if it was ever in doubt!

Morgan made that 'first call' to Messrs Williams, Edis and Champion, they were up for it, the Jazz Café the obvious place to perform the material in front of an audience, and an audience there was.
The name Pat Metheny would crop up on more than one occasion during the evening, the first number being decidedly 'Methenyesque' and throw into the mix the name Pete Oxley (Russ Morgan worked with the Oxfordshire based guitarist) and one began to get a feel for the music. Julians Siegel (A Thousand Ships) and Nicholas (Loose Tubes) were two familiar names from Morgan's gig diary, Mr Metheny himself contributed Come and See to the set list, Oxley's The Jaunt (Morgan can be heard on the album Now!) featured guitarist Mark Williams tearing it up (one of several outstanding contributions during the evening) and one-time Tommy Chase tenor sax sideman Kevin Flanagan's The Whole Year hit the heights with stellar solos from Williams and pianist Paul Edis emerging from the in-the-pocket groove of bassist Andy Champion and bandleader Morgan. 

Metheny's Sea Song (the connections were all too apparent - the American superstar, Oxley, Morgan, Williams), then a superb medium tempo blues with its ferocious to swingtime to greater ferocity to ever greater swing sections, glorious, simply glorious! A final number from guitarist Ross Lardner (check him out), first hard groove, then swing, groove, swing, enough...it's July 12, make this Russ Morgan Quartet gig the market leader for the 'Gig of the Month' accolade!  
Russell.         
Two photos from Ken Drew.

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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.
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