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Howard Riley: “When I started out playing jazz back in the late 50s, early 60s, if you wanted a gig you had to learn some standards.” – (Jazz Journal April 2017)

Eric Harland: “I love swing and I’m always going to swing but I also know that you can take a hip-hop groove and improvise with that just like you would with a swing pattern.” – (Jazz Journal April 2017)

Today Saturday April 29

Afternoon

1pm: Dean Stockdale Trio. 2:30pm: Abbie Finn Quartet 4pm: Rick Laughlin Trio - Quakerhouse, Mechanics’ Yard, Darlington DL3 7QF. 01325 245052. 1:00-5:00pm. Free (donations).

Evening

Dave O’Higgins with Durham Alumni Big Band - Majestic Theatre, Bondgate, Darlington DL3 7JT. Support set by Durham County Youth Big Band (7:15pm). £12.00. (+ concs).

Late night jam session - Quakerhouse, Mechanics’ Yard, Darlington DL3 7QF. 01325 245052.10:30pm. Free.

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Ruby Turner - Alnwick Playhouse. 7:30pm. £21.00. & £20.00.

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Fever & Friends - Customs House, Mill Dam, South Shields NE333 3NG. 7:30pm. £12.00. 0191 454234.

Bradley Johnston (solo guitar) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 7:30pm. No cover charge.

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Monday, May 02, 2011

Extreme Measures @ The Bridge Hotel. May 1st

David Carnegie (drums), Pete Tanton (trumpet & flugel horn), Mark Williams (guitar), Stuart Davies (electric bass) & Stuart Collingwood (keyboards)
A few years ago, in a Newcastle pub (since demolished), in walked a new face from where we knew not. He was looking to sit in. He sat in. Wow! We thought ''Who is this guy?'' Drummer David Carnegie was soon to become a fixture on the scene. A quiet, unassuming character, he could play. Yes, he could play alright.
Last night at the Bridge Hotel Carnegie's band Extreme Measures played a farewell gig. David is leaving us to return home to Barbados. The Bridge was busy, the audience (musicians were out in force) listened, this was a last chance to hear the band. Perhaps it was the occasion, whatever it was, guitarist Mark Williams played his socks off. Ah, but he always does. Doesn't he? This was an exceptional performance even by the Irishman's most exacting standards.
The newest recruit to the band, from Louisiana, USA, trumpeter Pete Tanton, is another to have emerged from seemingly nowhere. Trumpet or flugel, his tone is crystal clear with a fully formed lyrical sound, be it at a slow or not so slow tempo! The two local lads (the two Stuarts) aren't lacking in talent (anything but!) making the quintet as good as it gets. The opening number - Nautical - a Stuart Collingwood original, featured the composer then Tanton with, at times, the group sound emanating from the direction of the Jazz Messengers. The other Stu, bassist S.Davies, wrote Double Bubble. The band played it and guitarist Williams was, well, Williams (with a little bit of Sco) as Davies added a little bit of Marcus Miller to compliment Tanton's Milesian muted trumpet work (circa You're Under Arrest). Jamie McCredie, the band's guitarist at its inception, moved down to London a while ago but wasn't forgotten as his tune Her Anxiety was given a blast. Tanton played flugel on a blues and again on The Best Laid Plans. Other highlights included Carnegie's Paradigm Shift and Escape (a new one from Collingwood). A cracking band. I guess all good things come to an end. Hopefully Mr.Carnegie will return some day.
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.
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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.)
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