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Bebop Spoken There

Sonny Rollins: "I work very hard. I wear out suits playing." - (Downbeat May 29, 1969.)

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Bob Brookmeyer: "The group's philosophy? We're saving to buy new uniforms - the ties wore out." - (Crescendo March 1965).

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Today Friday March 24

Afternoon
Rendezvous Jazz - The Black Horse, Front St., Monkseaton, Whitley Bay NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free.
Mick Shoulder's Swing Manouche - Town Hall, Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL14 7NP. 1pm. £5. 0300 0269520
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Evening
James Harrison & Caroline Bagley- Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 9pm. Free.
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Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7:00pm.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

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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