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Bebop Spoken There

Andrew Hadro: "It seems to me that everybody just puts out an album, they go through the motions, spend the money and they just sort of throw it out there into the sea of CDs and hope something comes back" - (DownBeat June 2018).

Jonnathan Blake (Blindfold Test): “Maybe it's someone from New Orleans who has lived in New York for a minute.” (DownBeat June 2018).

Today Friday May 25

Afternoon

Rendezvous Jazz - Monkseaton Arms, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. Tel: 0191 251 3928. 1:00pm. Free.

Swing Manouche - Bishop Auckland Town Hall, Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL14 7NP. Tel: 03000 269 524. 1:00pm. £5.00.

Evening

Jerron ‘Blind Boy’ Paxton - Sage Gateshead. 7:45pm. £15.30. NRFH. Solo blues, multi-instrumentalist, influences include Fats Waller & Blind Lemon Jefferson.

Shatner’s Bassoon - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8:00pm. £8 (£6 in advance).

Lindsay Hannon - Vicolo: Live in the Lane, Tyneside Cinema, Pilgrim Street, Newcastle NE1 6QG. 8:00pm. Free.

Baghdaddies - Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay NE26 1BG. 6:00pm. Online booking: £10.00. + £1.37 booking fee. The Whitley Bay Carnival ‘Big Ball’ featuring debut of the Baghdaddies’ big band line-up.

Nick Pride & the Pimptones - Cumberland Arms, James Place Street, Byker, Newcastle NE6 1LD. Tel: 0191 265 6151. 6:00pm. Free.

Swamp Hoppers - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7pm.

Thursday, May 02, 2013

The Greyish Quartet @ The Cluny. April 30, 2013

David Austin Grey (keyboards), Chris Young (alto saxophone), Nick Jurd (double bass & electric bass) & James Bashford (drums)
(Review by Russell).
Schmazz, promoters of original music, having formally merged with Jazz North East, showed a renewed enthusiasm for all things new (original composition, the emerging musician, the ‘new’ jazz) with the booking of the Greyish Quartet. The band, led by pianist David Austin Grey, flourished in the hot house environs of the Birmingham Conservatoire and a debut CD - The Dark Red Room - showed great promise, so a gig on Tyneside was long overdue.
Grey writes the tunes and plays with an elegance recalling Dave Brubeck or perhaps John Lewis. The pianist’s declared influences range from Wynton Kelly to Chick Corea to Kenny Kirkland. Grey’s compositions tend to have great titles - Why So Negative? (a photography reference), A Crowd of Lonely People (a new composition, written on the road), Resolution, Celestial Kestrel - and in performance at the Cluny they were great vehicles for the band to improvise upon. The quartet worked well as a unit and the band leader offered generous solo space to altoist Chris Young. Young by name and Young in years, note the name as he is sure to be heard again - a real talent. Grey’s solo spots revealed a cast iron technique, rattling good piano (retro Fender Rhodes!), a rich blues seam was there to be mined and a shuttle full of the baroque and ‘new music’ references were at his finger tips. The bass and drums team - bassist Nick Jurd and drummer James Bashford - were up there with the best of the new generation of jazz players. Jurd’s precise articulation and swing feel (a rare combination) marks him out as a serious contender and Bashford made it look easy and of course, it ain’t! Four excellent musicians, one excellent band, you will be hearing more from the Greyish Quartet. Check them out.  
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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