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Michelle Coltrane: "It was Geri Allen who told me, 'Why don't you work with a guitar player? It's a lot easier. They're mobile, all the pianos are out of tune'" - DownBeat March 2018.

Verneri Pohjola: “I've been trying to get away from being 'a young and promising trumpet player' for over twenty years” DownBeat March 2018.

Today Saturday February 24

Afternoon

Nikki Iles Masterclass - Music Department, Durham University, Palace Green, Durham DH13RL. 1:30pm. £.3.00. Open to the public as observers.

Tees Valley Jazzmen - Hardwick Arms Hotel, 1 North End, Sedgefield TS21 2AZ. Tel: 01740 622305. 1:30pm. Free.

Evening

Billy Bootleggers All-Star Band - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

Customs House Big Band - Customs House, Mill Dam, South Shields NE33 1ES. Tel: 0191 454 1234. 7:30pm. £12.00.

Mighty Smokin’ Spitfires - Forum Music Centre, Borough Road, Darlington DL1 1SG. 8:00pm (doors). £10.00. Augmented line-up: David Blakey (trumpet), Lloyd Howell (perc.).

To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

CD Review:The Chris Parker Trio

Kyoko Oyobe (pno); Ameen Saleem (bs); Chris Parker (dms)
Kyoko Oyobe could be the new Marian McPartland - not that there ever could be another Marian Mac but if there was this Japanese lady could be it.
Oyobe has that lovely delicate flow that women jazz pianists are so adept at - I know that is sexist but I hope I'm excused as her playing is just so beautiful. The rhythms and the harmonies are totally absorbing and yet, when the going get's into a heavier groove she discards the kimono, pulls on her jeans and sweatshirt and kicks! The mood varies, the jeans are replaced with the slinky gown and you know she's playing a song about love. Bassist Saleem performs as if he too is in love. It's one of those discs where love is the dominating factor. Wednesday Morning is so romantic, one wonders about Tuesday night!
Song For Bilbao is a  funk thing that kicks romance out of the door for at least one track! It's dancy. let's boogie for a while, a  track that has Oyobe doing just that..
Six Beauties on a Rooftoph is a swinger although I don't understand the  h on the end - the next track also has this strange acquisition - Parker gives it 6-0!  The drummer claims the territorial rights to Impromptoph although he admits that Schubert had a hand in the melody.
Parker, the Instigator of these shenanigans, drives the trio along. It's one of those discs that cry out to be played in the motor without  risk of collision. A drive in the country with your best gal/pal/boy and you know that even if the date doesn't work out - at least you had the music which you can enjoy again and again with or without company.
Final track - Rockhouse - move over Ray Charles!
The Chris Parker Trio CD was released in September on GPR Records.
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.
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