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'606' Club: "A toast to Lance Liddle of the terrific jazz blog 'Bebop Spoken Here'"

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Postage

13,685 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 1102 of them this year alone and, so far, 46 this month (Sept. 13).

From This Moment On ...

September

Fri 17: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 17: Rendezvous Jazz @ Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 17: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm.
Fri 17: Abbie Finn's Finntet @ Traveller's Rest, Cockerton, Darlington. 8:00pm.

Sat 18: Baghdaddies @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Sat 18: David Gray Trio @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sun 19: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 19: Musicians Unlimited @ South Durham Social Club, Westbourne Road, Hartlepool TS25 5RB. 1:00pm. South Durham Social Club aka Steelworks or Steelies. New venue for Teesside's premier big band.
Sun 19: Hand to Mouth: Lindsay Hannon & Bradley Johnston @ St James' & St Basil's Church, Newcastle. 3:00pm.
Sun 19: Green Tangerines + Knats @ Punch Bowl Hotel, Newcastle. 3:30pm.
Sun 19: Alice Grace Quartet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 20: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Wed 22: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 22: Darlington Big Band @ Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public)
Wed 22: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Celebrating TITTB's 20th anniversary & Dave Weisser's forthcoming birthday! Limited gig tickets (£1.00.). Free live stream. www.jazz.coop.

Thu 23: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 23: Jeremy McMurray & the Jazz Pocket Orchestra @ Middlesbrough Town Hall 8:00pm. .
Thu 23: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Sunniside, Gateshead. 8:30pm. .

Fri 24: Sue Ferris Quintet @ Gala Theatre, Durham. 1:00pm.
Fri 24: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 24: Rendezvous Jazz @ Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 24: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band, Stockton. 1:00pm.
Fri 24: FILM: Jazz on a Summer's Day + Swing Bridge Trio (in the bar) @ Forum Cinema, Hexham. 7:00pm.

Saturday, January 25, 2020

The Dean Masser Quartet @ The Gala Theatre, Durham - Jan 24

Dean Masser (tenor sax); Dean Stockdale (piano); Ed Harrison (double bass); Gaz Hughes (drums)
(Review by Russell/ Photos courtesy of Malcolm Sinclair - link.

Print and online publicity for Friday's two gigs in a day featuring an all-star quartet - a lunchtime concert at Durham's Gala Theatre followed by an evening engagement at Opus 4 Jazz Club in Darlington - ranged from Dean Masser Quartet to Dean Masser-Dean Stockdale Quartet to Dean Masser with the Dean Stockdale Trio to Dean Stockdale Trio with Dean Masser...what's in a name? Especially as the Gala Theatre concert was, as usual, an advance sell out and the Traveller's Rest invariably pulls a good crowd.

Lugubrious tenor saxophonist Dean Masser, suited and booted, fronted the quartet - yep, let's settle for the Dean Masser Quartet. The other Dean, pianist Dean Stockdale, introduced some of the numbers leaving Dean M to crack a few jokes in between playing superb, straight-down-the-middle tenor sax. A set list comprising eight numbers with a mere sixty minutes to play them, Masser and co opened with Jimmy Van Heusen's It Could Happen to You. Dean M laid down a marker, Dean S followed, bassist Ed Harrison introduced himself and a classy round of fours confirmed Gaz Hughes* as an A-lister. 

Masser informed the capacity audience: Dexter Gordon is one my my saxophone heroes. Good, odds on, yes...Cheese Cake. Excellent. This is the sort of gig you eagerly await and, sure enough, it was worth waiting for. Alone Together featured a tenor sax-double bass exchange with bassist Harrison strolling through it. Impressive stuff!


Dean M spoke about another of his heroes - Joe Henderson. Recorda Me never fails to hit the spot at a gig or jam session and here at the Gala it wasn't any different with Dean S laying down a fine solo with sensitive supporting bass and drums. With one eye on the clock Masser jettisoned On Green Dolphin Street (there would be time to play it down the road in Darlington) in favour of Bud Powell's early bop chart Webb City (subsequently recorded by many others including Art Pepper, Sonny Stitt and John Dankworth in his 'Johnny Dankworth' days). Wasting no time, Masser went straight into St Thomas. It is reasonable to assume Mr S Rollins is another hero. 

It had been a great start to the Gala Theatre's 2020 lunchtime jazz concert series. February's concert (Friday 28, 1:00pm) presents John Garner, violin, and pianist Paul Edis performing a set inspired by the music of Bill Evans. The one hour performance will be another advance sellout. As folk made their way out of the Gala they stopped at the box office to book their tickets for February's concert. If you hesitate all tickets will be gone in no time. Book now on 03000 266 600

Russell
Drummer Gaz Hughes has put together a nationwide tour to celebrate the centenary of the birth of Art Blakey. It's a real old school tour with no fewer than thirty one dates in the book. What's more,  Alan Barnes and Bruce Adams will be on most of them including a performance at Gosforth Civic Theatre, Newcastle on Thursday February 20     

1 comment :

Stephen Andrews said...

I played a couple of gigs with Ed Harrison in December. A very fine bass-player!

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