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Bebop Spoken There

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.

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Jazz Café Jam April 7

Peter Gilligan (pno); Bradley Johnston (gtr) Paul Grainger (bs); Paul Wight (dms) + David Gray (tmb); Stuart Finden (ten); Rob Bates (dms); Tom Lapworth (gtr); Francesco Falcioni (pno); Ian Forbes (dms); Don Forbes (tpt); Nick Gould (ten); Yuya Honami (dms); Mary Wrightson (vcl).
(Review by Lance).
Another fine fortnightly (musical) fry up at 'The Caff' - a mixture of Sushi, Haggis, Ravioli, Roast Beef and Stotti Cake served up by some of the best 'cookers' in town. 
Gilligan, Grainger, Johnston and Wight provided the pastry as well as a lot of spice. The not so frequently heard Beatrice (Sam Rivers) served as a starter and set a standard that was maintained yet rarely bettered throughout the evening.
One of the highlights, to call it the main course would be disrespectful to the others, was the appearance by Edinburgh tenor saxman Nick Gould. Gould glitters and blows straight down the middle - no frills and no prisoners taken. His periodic sit ins are always a delight. On June 19 he brings his own quartet JazzMain down from up there and I guarantee that those border reivers will be well received by the natives.
As I was leaving, a new talent emerged in the form of Mary Wrightson whose version of It Never Entered my Mind certainly entered my mind. Look forward to hearing more from Mary.
As is inevitable with Jam Sessions not everything worked - Solar didn't quite reach the system - but most of them did. 
Lance.
Photos.

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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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