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Bebop Spoken There

Michael Janisch: “I definitely have a completely different perception of the States on a political level, getting the news over here [in Britain], or just the way Europeans view America that was a big awakening.” – (Jazzwise October 2015).

James Moody: “[On practising] If you don't use it, you lose it. And that applies to everything--and when I say everything, I mean everything!” – (Jazz Times March 2004).


Today Friday October 9

Rendezvous Jazz - Monkseaton Arms, Front St, Monkseaton. 1pm. Free.
Bradley Johnston Quartet - Gala Theatre, Millennium Place, Durham, DH1 1WA. 1pm. £4.
Paul Edis (Solo piano)/ Early Bird Band - Jazz Café. 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle, NW1 5DW. 9:00pm. £4 (Early Bird Band set at 7:30pm is free.)
Taupe/Dead Hedge Trio/Waskerley Way - Head of Steam, 2 Neville St., Newcastle NE1 5EN. 8pm. £5.
Djazzville - Maltings Theatre, Eastern Lane, Berwick TD15 1AJ. 8pm. £12.
Anna Reay/Deon Krishnan - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Castle Chare, Newcastle. 7pm(?). Free.

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Extreme Measures @ The Cluny - a worthy band for a worthy cause

Gary Turner (ten), Mark Williams (gtr), Ben Gilbert (pno), Stuart Davies(bs), David Carnegie (dms).
What is there left to say about Extreme Measures that Russell didn't say after the Stockton gig at the weekend or that I haven't already said myself over the past couple of years?
Tonight was a special gig on two counts. Firstly it was in aid of the 'Maggie's Day' Cancer charity and charity doesn't come much higher than that. The organisers must have been pleased with the good response.
Secondly, it was Ben Gilbert's last gig with the band. Ben will be a tremendous miss but who knows that his replacement will not add a new dimension? It will be interesting to find out.
There were some awesome moments tonight from all of the soloists and to pick an individual out would surely be impossible.
Sartorially though it's a different matter. David's cool haircut wins by a country mile!

1 comment :

  1. It was a superb gig. One of the reasons this band is so good is all the musicians listen so carefully to each other. Every number is an inventive and complex discussion rather than a succession of solos.
    We will all miss Ben, of course, but I suspect that the ethos of Extreme Measures is strong enough to accomodate and nurture a new keyboard talent.


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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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