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Peter Vacher: “The Hopbine [public house] is a Tesco Express now, having been reinvented successively as Desi Dons, Bootsy Brogans, the Dog and Duck and, before that, the Chequered Flag.” – (Jazzwise October 2017)

Kyle Eastwood: “Naturally I listened to pop music when I was a kid – I’d spend two hours a day hearing it on the school bus! – but the very first music I heard in the house and the first concerts I went to were jazz.” – (Jazzwise October 2017)

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Today Tuesday October 24

Afternoon
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Black Bull, 98 Front St., East Boldon NE36 0SG. 1pm. Free. 0191 5365127. 6th of 6 consecutive gigs. 2 mins from East Boldon metro.
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Evening
Charles Gordon (solo piano) - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Newcastle. 10pm - midnight. Free.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Nik Svarc Trio @ The Jazz Café. June 26

Nik Svarc (guitar), Scott Devine (electric bass) & Dave Walsh (drums)
(Review by Russell)
Guitarist Nik Svarc played a trio gig at this year’s Gateshead International Jazz Festival. On that occasion he worked with young guns Martin Longhawn and Steve Hanley. This Jazz Café gig featured groove meisters Scott Devine (bass) and Dave Walsh (drums). A select gathering – including two first year music students – took their seats in time for a prompt nine o’clock start.
At a glance Svarc could pass for a young Larry Coryell. The seated Scott Devine looked uncannily like Scott Devine and there was no mistaking the big presence known as Dave Walsh. Bemsha Swing opened the set; ‘groove’, ‘in the pocket’, ‘on it’, such terms were made for this band. A tousled mop-top veiled Svarc’s face; head down, ‘time’ and ‘feel’ elusive qualities for many, not for Svarc as he paused, listened, notes selected with care. Devine and Walsh exchanged a smile, they were ‘in the groove’.
Svarc utilised a deluxe pedal board, the various FX deployed sparingly. Devine’s sound recalled Teen Town Jaco. A Wayne Shorter number developed into an extended Scofield jam. The north east’s guitarists should have been there – they weren’t, save for our first year guitar student. Svarc let his guitar do the talking, at one point introducing a tune as ‘something else’. And it was! Bass and drums bounced around a few solos, always on it. The ‘caff’ welcomed some latecomers, they were mucho impressed with what they were hearing. Did they know about Nik Svarc? They do now!     
2 extra photos from Mike Tilley.      
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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