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Bebop Spoken There

Freddie Hubbard: “Know what I miss most about New York? The drummers. You can't find any decent drummers but in New York-- most of the cats are there.”(DownBeat November 1981).
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Tony Glover: “They [the Slowlight Quartet] perhaps don’t yet know just how good they are.” – (Hexham Courant 17 April 2015) .

Today Saturday April 25

Afternoon.
DARLINGTON JAZZ FESTIVAL - various venues across town until Sunday April 25. Details here.
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- Darlington New Orleans Jazz Club - St. Augustine's, Larchfield St.., Darlington DL3 7TG. 12.30pm. £10.
.Monthly -Back on May 2
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PLAY JAZZ WORKSHOP - Sage Gateshead. 2pm. £25/£22.
Players of all instruments and levels learn from the masters. First Saturday in the month - Back May 2.
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Evening
DARLINGTON JAZZ FESTIVAL - various venues across town until Sunday April 25. Details here.
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Evening
DON FORBES & PETER GILLIGAN - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 9pm. Free.
Trumpet and piano duo - nice one.
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JAMES BIRKETT (Solo guitar) - Cherry Tree, 9 Osborne Rd, Jesmond NE2 2AE. 0191 2399924. 7.30pm.
Quality food and solo jazz.
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DB JAZZ PROJECT - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8pm. £5.
One of the newer bands making waves.
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RUTH LAMBERT/PAUL EDIS - Vermont Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle NE1 1RQ. 9pm - midnight. 0191 2331010.
More music in the Redwood Bar.
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RAY DALES (solo sax) - Hillcarter Hotel , 31 Church St, Hartlepool, TS24 7DH,
Start 7.30pm free admission further details tel. 01429 855800.
New weekly venture down Teesside way.
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RENDEZVOUS JAZZ - Sandpiper, Cullercoats. 8.30pm £3.
Monthly session featuring Maureen Hall and like- minded stompers. Back May 2

Friday, April 29, 2011

The Bridge Is Down!

Another great night, yet sadly the last for the Bridge Hotel as they no longer want the weekly Thursday jam session held there. In the meantime, an alternative venue is being arranged.
The house band: Omid Ramak, Mark Williams and John Pope did wonders on Solar and Giant Steps; with a nice mid-tempo latin feel. As the jam got under way, tunes such as Well You Needn't, Beatrice, Softly As In A Morning Sunrise, Straight No Chaser, There Is No Greater Love and Beautiful Love poured out nicely. One of the many highlights of the night (I'm told!) was during Straight No Chaser where Fiona Littlewood and myself were trading with scat singing. The cider did justice to my throat after holding that last note for a whole 12 bars!
There were two free improv sessions; one with featured bassist Ivan Scutt doing some rapping. I've encouraged him to listen to Soweto Kinch. This may sound like a cliche, but that's why it's true when people say you never know what to expect in a jam session.
The night finished with The Way You Look Tonight and featured Omid Ramak (Drums), Mark Williams (Guitar), Claude Werner (Tenor Saxophone) and Laurence Blackadder (Bass). So as far as I'm aware, no jam session next week until further notice by Omid. But if a new venue has been found he will let people know; best to check out his facebook group "Jazz and Jam Session".
Harley.

2 comments :

  1. Sad news indeed Harley. Was a reason given?
    However, I'm sure Omid will find an alternative venue and the Sunday evening Splinter sessions will of course continue.

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  2. Well, since the Bridge Hotel already host a jazz event every (or most) Sundays, for them that is enough!
    Another issue at the moment is finding a venue which is free to hire. Overwise if a venue wants to be paid then the entry charge will have to go up. One lady suggested that this would not work because musicians are poor!

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