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Hudson Music: Lance's "Bebop Spoken Here" is one of the heaviest and most influential jazz blogs in the UK.

Today Friday January 24

Afternoon

Jazz

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

Dean Masser Quartet @ Gala Theatre & Cinema, Millennium Place, Durham DH1 1WA. Tel: 03000 266 600. 1:00pm. £6.00. Masser (reeds), Dean Stockdale (piano), Ed Harrison (double bass), Gaz Hughes (drums). SOLD OUT!

Evening.

Dean Masser Quartet - Traveller's Rest, West Auckland Road, Darlington DL3 9ER. 8:00pm. (doors 7:30pm). £TBC. Opus 4 Jazz Club. Masser (reeds), Dean Stockdale (piano), Ed Harrison (double bass), Gaz Hughes (drums).

Blues/Funk/Soul etc.

Big Joe Louis + Michael Littlefield - Middlesbrough Town Hall, Albert Road, Middlesbrough TS1 2QJ. Tel: 01642 729729. 8:00pm. £12.50. Blues.

Long Tall Mama - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

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

Tuesday, January 07, 2020

CD Review: Stu Collingwood, featuring Paul Booth - Beep Bap Bop.

Stuart Collingwood (keys/composer); Paul Booth (tenor sax/flute); John Trotter (drums/percussion); Mark Austin (guitar); Neil Harland (bass on 3 tracks) + Ryan Quigley (trumpet); Trevor Mires (trombone).
(Review by Lance)

Last Sunday afternoon I dropped by Charts on the Newcastle Quayside. I was too late to browse the stalls that sell everything from a hairpin to the High Level Bridge (maybe throw in the Swing Bridge for cash) but I was in time to catch the Jazz Social (reported in a previous post)

Pianist Stu Collingwood is  highly rated in northeast jazz/music circles so that when he mentioned he'd made a CD of his own compositions and the album included some very big hitters I knew I had to hear it.

Stu is an introspective kind of a guy. He knows what he can do without shouting it from the rooftops. Well, if I wasn't in dispute over an altercation between my cat and a neighbour's dog (Daphne won!) I'd have been playing this from my rooftops!

Put simply, it's a must for anyone who has enjoyed Stu's playing over the years and, to hear him with Paul Booth who, from his humble beginnings when I sold him his first saxophone, has gone on to become a world class player is something to cherish. List your favourite UK tenor players and Paul is jostling for first place with any of them and, had Stu moved further afield, he too "could have been a contender".

My only complaint, and it's not really a complaint, is that I'd have loved to know the stories behind the titles - I mean, who is Ronnie the Rhino? A bouncer, a local enforcer or a kid's toy?

At the end of the day, it doesn't matter - put it on the car stereo and you'll think you've upgraded your Mini to a Beemer!

And here's the bottom line - pick it up from Stu at a gig or online for £5.99!

No kidding - £5.99! 

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