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Billy Cobham: "Miles said to us, 'Don't play in between takes,' so of course John [McLaughlin] played in between takes." - (JazzTimes, Nov. 2019).

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Today Friday November 22

Afternoon

Jazz

Sue Ferris Trio - The Merry Monk, 30 Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL14 7NP. 1:00pm. £5.00. Pub adjacent to Bishop Auckland Town Hall.

Rendezvous Jazz - Monkseaton Arms, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. Tel: 0191 251 3928. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening.

Mick Shoulder Quintet - Traveller's Rest, West Auckland Road, Darlington DL3 9ER. 8:00pm. (doors 7:30pm). £8.00. Opus 4 Jazz Club.

Tenement Jazz Band - Theatre Hullabaloo, Borough Road, Darlington DL1 1SG. Tel: 01325 405405. 8:00pm. £14.00. Darlington NOJB.

Blues/Soul/Funk etc.

Ishmael Ensemble - Cobalt Studios, Boyd Street, Newcastle NE2 1AP. 8:00pm. £7.47.

Catfish Keith - Old Cinema Launderette, Marshall Terrace, Durham DH1 2HX. 8:30pm. £18.00. + £1.80. bf.

The Odels - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.

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

Thursday, November 07, 2019

Mike Durham's Classic Jazz Party @ Village Hotel - Nov.1


Friday evening - Nov.1
(Review by Russell)

King Oliver, Roy Eldridge, Charlie Shavers, Emmett Berry - cornetists/trumpeters who helped lay the foundations of the music. The iconic figures would figure in a number of the Classic Jazz Party's Friday evening sets in the guise of present day superstars, variously, Andy Schumm, Torstein Kubban, Enrico Tomasso, Malo Mazurié and Duke Heitger. 

The evening began in low key fashion. As CJP-goers filed into the hall the first of this year's three piano Professors went to work. Morten Gunnar Larsen is a concert grand pianist of distinction. A classical background, recording sessions focussing on Storyville rags and stomps, the Norwegian, whose cv includes sharing a stage with Eubie Blake, entertained royally. 


King Oliver - Lincoln Gardens 1923 found Claus Jacobi looking not at Oliver's recordings of 1923 rather specific sessions for Gennett and OKeh in April and June of that year. The CJP is a gathering of aficionados au fait with the 'classic jazz' era, not least Jacobi's subject matter. The German reedsman led a star-studded ensemble - including Andy Schumm, cornet, Torstein Kubban, trumpet, Dave Bock, trombone and pianist Dave Boeddinghaus - from behind his weighty bass saxophone. 

Whenever Enrico Tomasso takes centre stage you can be sure of fireworks and Swing Trumpets lit up the November night sky. Flanked by fellow trumpeters Malo Mazurié and Duke Heitger this was a bravura performance by the Leeds College of Music alumnus. Informative anecdotes about King Oliver, Armstrong, Eldridge and others framed Tomasso's one hour set which, for everyone present could have gone on all night.

Martin Wheatley's The Day Before Jazz required the participation of no fewer than seventeen musicians! Wheatley's banjo/guitar led the ensemble on a voyage of discovery of the pre-Jazz Age years. Wheatley's set called for a string quartet and he looked no further than right here in the north east of England. Emma FiskDawn AllenKay Usher and cellist Penny Callow answered the call and did an outstanding job interpreting the popular music of the Edwardian era. 

It had been an evening, indeed a full day, of excellent 'classic jazz' sets. At eleven o'clock some could have thought about sleeping but not CJP enthusiasts! The Village Hotel's Victory Pub does good business at the best of times but couldn't have anticipated a friendly invasion of jazz fans wanting more. Within minutes of the final set in the ballroom the Victory was packed to the rafters for the first CJP Pub Jam of 2019. Trumpeter Torstein Kubban, a real enthusiast if ever there was one, led an ever changing cast including rising star cornetist Colin Hancock, fellow Americans Dave Bock, trombone, David Boeddinghaus and drummer Josh Duffee, French reedsman Stéphane Gillot and local hero Phil Rutherford dropping anchor on tuba. It started at eleven and before we knew it three in the morning came and went. It would soon be time for a 'Full English' at 7:30am Saturday.   
Russell             

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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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