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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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Sunday, May 15, 2011

Hannabiell and Midnight Blue @ The Bridge

After the success of Hannabiell and Midnight Blue at this years Jazz Festival at The Sage, coupled with their competition win earlier at the same venue it was anticipated the walls would be bulging for what is such an exciting band.
The walls didn't bulge although at times my heartbeat went over the top and I'm sure the few members of the audience who bothered to turn up experienced similar cardiacal palpitations.
The hardcore of regulars opted to miss this one. I hope you've got a good excuse - you missed a good one! It began with Hannabiell giving the hand drums a work out. She pounded them into near submission! To complement her opening zillion choruses, Suriel joined her, then Barfoot and so on until les tout ensemble was on stage flailing and wailing. A French couple danced - there was space - and it was hard not to trip the light as what was happening on stage was fantastic.
Stu Collingwood, depping with the band, did the biz but this band isn't about soloists even though the leader blows a wild blistering trombone that could almost be heard back in her native New Jersey. It's about the power of the people, the group, the cohesive coming together of like minded souls. Can't wait to hear them again.
Lance

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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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