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Bebop Spoken There

Sonny Rollins: "I work very hard. I wear out suits playing." - (Downbeat May 29, 1969.)

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Bob Brookmeyer: "The group's philosophy? We're saving to buy new uniforms - the ties wore out." - (Crescendo March 1965).

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Today Friday March 24

Afternoon
Rendezvous Jazz - The Black Horse, Front St., Monkseaton, Whitley Bay NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free.
Mick Shoulder's Swing Manouche - Town Hall, Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL14 7NP. 1pm. £5. 0300 0269520
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Evening
James Harrison & Caroline Bagley- Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 9pm. Free.
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Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7:00pm.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Schmazz @ The Cluny: More on Troyka & Corey Mwamba Trio. Tuesday 29th June.

Troyka: Chris Montague (guitar), Kit Downes (organ) & Joshua Blackmore (drums)
Troyka, the current big noise on the contemporary jazz scene, arrived in the Ouseburn Delta to be greeted by an enthusiastic and sizeable crowd on another sweltering evening in Newcastle. Local lad Chris Montague has the right credentials to be a top-flight left-field guitarist: he hails from Gateshead and his name is Chris. Seemingly the Borough of Gateshead breeds such wizards of the fretboard - Chris (trio VD, Acoustic Ladyland, Spelk) Sharkey being another. It is an indication of Montague's standing that he can call upon in-demand players such as Downes and Blackmore to play material largely his own. The material was wide-ranging: delicate sketches, drum 'n' bass workouts and a magical blues number entitled Crawler. The latter number, to feature on the band's soon to be recorded second CD, demonstrated Montague's prodigious technique allied to exquisite touch and a real feeling for a blues.
Corey Mwamba Trio: Corey Mwamba (vibraphone), Dave Kane (double bass) & Joshua Blackmore (drums)
Corey Mwamba is, apparently, a self-taught vibes player. Having witnessed his playing it is hard to believe that he could play as he did - that of a virtuoso. Mwamba was joined for this, his first performance on Tyneside, by bassist Dave Kane and drummer Joshua Blackmore - both well known to north east audiences. Yes, Blackmore was on double-time having played the first set with Troyka. This set had an acoustic feel - on occasion Double Time Blackmore used brushes and hurried thing along with some double-time passages. Kane bowed (and scraped!), then slapped, then from time to time took a line for a walk. Mwamba played with two, then four, then six mallets - impressive stuff, lyrical and swinging. Those readers who know of Jim Hart's vibes playing will surely be impressed on hearing Corey Mwamba.
Corey Mwamba makes a quick return to the Ouseburn appearing with Alexander Hawkins at the Cumberland Arms (across the Ouseburn and up the hill) on Friday 9th July.
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.
The idea of this blog is for you to share your thoughts and pass on your comments on discs, gigs, jazz - music in general. If you've been to a gig/concert or heard a CD that knocked you sideways please share your views with us. Tell us about your favourites, your memories, your dislikes.
Lance (Who wishes it to be known that he is not responsible for postings other than his own and that he's not always responsible for them.)
Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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