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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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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Mikolaj Trzaska Trio @ The Bridge Hotel.May 29th

Mikolaj Trzaska (alto saxophone & bass clarinet), Olie Brice (double bass) & Mark Sanders (drums)
Jazz North East's On the Outside programme, in a joint promotion with Splinter @ The Bridge, presented Polish reeds player Mikolaj Trzaska in trio format with two British exponents of free jazz - bassist Olie Brice and drummer Mark Sanders. Trzaska was making a fleeting visit to England and Jazz North East jumped at the chance to book him.
On arrival, Trzaska's first words were ''nice room'' as he looked around the upstairs room of the Bridge Hotel.
The trio chose to play acoustically. This was a good decision as the Pole produced a big sound and drummer Mark Sanders regularly plays it loud. Trsaska's robust alto work was at its best in the up tempo sections with all three musicians flying along. His bass clarinet playing allowed bassist Olie Brice to be heard to best effect and the small but appreciative audience revelled in this new trio working it out in public on stage. Sanders is an easy fit in any context, so too bassist Olie Brice and the mutual respect shown by all three musicians suggests a long term association is a distinct possiblility.
Sustained applause won an encore, CD sales were plentiful, Trzasksa liked us and we liked him. The next On the Outside gig is across the High Level Bridge at the Central Bar, Tuesday 7th June, featuring French trio Q. The band is led by drummer Sylvain Darrifourcq who visited Gateshead last year with Emile Parisien and for some was the star attraction on the night.. 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.)
Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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