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Julien Vedey: "Heads [drum heads] are like women. They are sometimes very bad tempered and sometimes affable, and the less one plays about with them the better the results." - (Melody Maker March 1926). From Colin Aitchison's amazing collection).

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Shabaka Hutchings: “When I finally grasped what Louis Armstrong and Coleman Hawkins were about it was a massive breakthrough.” – (Jazzwise August 2015).

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Today Sunday August 2

Afternoon
Musicians Unlimited Big Band
- Park Inn, Park Rd., Hartlepool TS26 9HU. Free. 1pm.
Phil Richardson - Vermont Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle NE1 1RQ. Tel: 0191 233 1010. 2pm- 5pm.
Ian Harrington (solo piano) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 12.30pm. 0191 2399924.
Smokin’ Spitfires - Cluny. 12:30pm. £6.50. Bubble Foundation fundraiser.
Play Jazz! Summer School - The Globe. 9:30am. £82.00. Day 2
Lounge Lizards - Millstone, South Gosforth. 4:00pm. Free.
Evening.
OXYD Play Nirvana - Bridge Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle NE1 1RQ. 8pm. £10/£8. JNE gig.
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Red House Pub and Farm, Hepscott Dr., Whitley Bay NE25 9XJ. 8pm. Free.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Gateshead International Jazz Festival Stan Tracey Octet

Guy Barker (tpt), Mark Nightingale (tmb), Sammy Mayne (alt), Mornington Lockett (ten/sop), Simon Allen (ten), Stan Tracey (pno), Andy Cleyndert (bs), Clark Tracey (dms).
I've always thought the octet to be the ideal setting for Stan Tracey and tonight's concert didn't prove me wrong.
With a veritable A-team line-up on stage a crowded Hall Two audience showed their enthusiasm unreservedly and, deservedly so.
It was a game of two halves with the first set based around his Hong Kong Suite and the second the Amandia Suite.
Both were superb works showing the soloists off to perfection. All 3 saxes played their butt off but Mark Nightingale was slightly under-miked in the first set. He made up for it in the second.
Guy Barker played some nice things whilst Andy Cleyndert was a tower of strength on bass. On drums, Tracey fils drove things along without being over-bearing as well as soloing with his usual dexterity.
As for his dad, Stan played very little solowise but what he did came across as meaningful whilst his comping gave the soloists a cushion to blow on
The Amandia Suite was a rather strange idea being commissioned by NALGO to celebrate the union merging with UNISON. I'm led to believe NALGO Gruppenfuhrer at the time, Paul Bream, was behind the decision to approach Stan Tracey and it certainly paid off with some exciting ensembles, riveting solos  and interesting themes.
The crowd demanded more and they got it in the form of a quick blast and a couple of choruses all round on Blue Monk
They won't come much better than this.
Earlier, Alyn Shipton had interviewed Stan on his life in jazz which included a long stint as the house pianist at Ronnie Scott's backing a wide range of visiting Americans. He also revealed that he had a lot of time and admiration for Acker Bilk which probably surprised a few people.
The Festival opened with a percussion ensemble - Principle 3 - doing some lively latin things.
They were popular and gave off good vibes for what was to follow.
Lance.
Click here for weekend programme in full.

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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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