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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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Saturday, May 14, 2011

Hot Antics Pull The Punters @ The Legion.

Michel Bastide (cornet, vocal); Bernard Antherieu (clarinet, alto, banjo, vocal); Michel Bescont (tenor, clarinet, vocal); Martin Seck (piano, washboard, vocal); Jean-Pierre Dubois (banjo, clarinet, vocal); Christian Lefevre ( tuba, trombone, vocal) + Franz Sjostrom (bass sax).
The Gateshead British Legion Club was more like the French Foreign Legion Club as the Hot Antics wooed the regulars with their Gallic charm. The Antics are more than just a hot dance band - much more.
In Bescont they have a superb early Hawk/Chu tenor who raised the bar with his solo on My Blue Heaven. A lovely version of Looking Good But Feeling Bad got the dancers up and a nice solo from Bastide kept everyone happy.
The Antics play lots of tunes that I've never heard of but, now that I have, they won't be forgotten. Such a gem was Watching My Dreams Go By. Not only 2 clarinets but 2 banjos! Derek Cogger and I nodded but there wasn't a hitman in the house - where are these guys when you need them?! We jest, of course - don't we Derek?
Three Little Words inspired Dave Kerr to interpret as "Cheque's in post" but it was Bliffy (?) Blues that really got things in the groove. This was a piece from Red Allen's 1930's band and the Frenchmen captured the minor mood of so many of Allen's recordings from that period.
This band is infectious. It begins in a pleasant almost mundane way but gradually builds up to completely captivate the listener.
An appointment with a bus meant I only caught the opening number of the second set but, when I say that bass-saxophonist Franz Sjostrom joined the frontline you will know that the second set was going to be something else again!
Look forward to a review of second set from Derek C.
The Antics can be heard in Darlington and South Shields tomorrow.
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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