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Hugh Masekela: “I advise every kid to check out their past because without a past you are in limbo.” (Songlines December 2017)

Leo Richardson: “I think your image is really important. You look at those old Blue Note recordings and you look at the liner note, the booklet and they’re in the studio and they’re wearing shirt and ties. They used to wear suits all the time.” – (Jazzwise December 2017/January 2018)

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Lance

Today Friday December 15

Afternoon

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

Evening

Jazz Café Christmas Party - Jazz Café. 8:00pm. Julija Jacenaite & Alan Law (8:00pm), Mo Scott Band (9:00pm). £10.00. (£8.00. advance).

Strictly Smokin’ Big Band - Gosforth Civic Theatre, Regent Farm Road, Gosforth NE3 3HD. Tel: 0191 258 4111. 7:30pm. First night of two. A guaranteed sellout.

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

Ray Dales - Traveller’s Rest, West Auckland Road, Cockerton, Darlington DL3 9ER. 8:30pm. £8.00.

The Standards - Bar Loco, Leazes Park Road, Newcastle NE1 4PG. 7:00pm. Free. South American band playing a Greenpeace benefit.

CoSYJO - Washington Arts Centre, Biddick Lane, Fatfield, Washington NE38 8AB. Tel: 0191 561 3455. 7:00pm. £6.00. (£4.00. concs.). CoSYJO (City of Sunderland Youth Jazz Orchestra).

Smokin’ Spitfires - Platform 1, Station Street, Bedlington NE22 7JW. Tel: 01670 828808. 7:00pm. £5.50. Enhanced line-up (The Mighty Smokin’ Spitfires) with David Blakey (trumpet) & Lloyd Howell (drums).

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

Sophie Armstrong: Jazz at Christmas - Maltings Theatre & Cinema, Eastern Lane, Berwick upon Tweed TD15 1AJ. Tel: 01289 330999. 7:30pm. £13.00.

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

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Going Dutch @ The Lit & Phil (afternoon session) - January 22

(Review/photos courtesy of Ken Drew)
The expectations of this Dutch All-Dayer had been well and truly set the previous evening at the Jazz Café – what a Taster that was!
Now for the programme proper.  The format ran as 3 sets, each with one established group of players preceded by a new grouping.


2pm:  Oli Brice on bassJohn Dikeman on saxOnno Govaert on drums.  Dikeman was 'leading' but Brice and Govaert stuck to his heels and followed unrelentingly to the end.  Dikeman was certainly on form and overall it was a HUGE sound and a great opener.

2:20-3:00 Ab Baars on reedsWilbert de Joode on bassMartin van Duynhoven on drums. A quieter journey, again 'led' by the sax although this time there were music stands (and therefor some pre-arranged pieces) involved. The first piece lasted just a few minutes of very thoughtful and dynamic playing, but provided an excellent introduction for what was to follow. Baars moving from sax to clarinet lowering the pace even more.  Good use of the space for some quite dramatic silences, and crashes from van Duynhoven. This was inspired by Messiaen's musical fantasy of sonority - mostly birdsong, but maybe there was a hint of Rhapsody in Blue (to my ears!) but overall some very thrilling, dynamic and thoughtful playing, each player reading each other perfectly. One piece in particular was very quiet but all the more sonically interesting for it. The audience appreciated it all. 

3:15pm:  Reinier Baas - guitar solo.  Mesmeric, rhythmic, flowing and shimmering sounds - hints of John Renbourne and Gordon Giltrap (to name two non-jazz guitarists, for some of the playing techniques displayed) coupled with a generally subtle use of pedals. A very unique sound built on many techniques and simple use of a few pedals on the floor (apart from a short spell of over-use of the volume pedal at one point, tending to excess). The left hand chord fingering was a joy to watch, including the creation of harmonics from Reinier's right hand plucking & hammering the strings.  Towards the end de Joode joined in for a short lively piece - as if chasing each other!

3:40-4:15 "Feecho" - Kaya Draksler on grand piano and Onno Govaert on drums. A very long piece, reminiscent of Messiaen and Schnittke etc.  A wonderful duet, with beautiful playing and interpretation on the piano concluding with Messiaen flavours, including a perfect combination of low-end notes blended with high-end notes trembling then diminishing to quietness.
A joy to behold!

4:30: Oli Brice on bassFaye MacCalman on reedsWilbert de Joode on bass. Two Bass's plus sax!! Ok, so we'd had a brief insight into this at the Caff the night before. Starting with both basses, quickly bringing out rich harmonics from each.  MacCalman soon joining in with clarinet, diving in and out of the two complementary basses - bird-like effects and more. A free piece, yet well-structured in its delivery, with very nice interplay between all three. The second, shorter piece, was more frenetic and intense, and hung together well.

4:55-5:30: Ab Baars on reedsIg Henneman on viola.  Viola-with-clarinet, dancing around and following each other in a myriad of rhythms and exploring many sonic avenues. The second piece (around a Frank Schubert piece) saw viola now with sax from Baars much more pronounced and frantic, slowing to a meandering theme in the viola. Finally it is rudely joined by the sax providing a new theme, almost anthemic.  An odd (maybe?) but certainly workable collaboration but overall, quite delicate throughout.  The final piece saw Baars wield a bass recorder (?) but maybe a more compatible pairing of instruments for this style of music.  A nice combination.

And so ended the afternoon session. It was noted by many that the programme timing was very good through the day. Both for the start of the day, throughout the session, and at the end! Not sure if this was a Dutch effect or just a concerted improvement over last year’s All-Dayer.  The format was simple and worked really well - the first group of each set was allocated 20 minutes, yet despite the shortness of these, each group gave it their all and delivered quite exhilarating pieces whether short or long.
Ab Baars (reeds); Reinier Baas (guitar); Olie Brice (bass); Wilbert de Joode (bass); John Dikeman (sax); Kaja Draksler (piano); Onno Govaerts (drums); Ig Henneman (viola); Faye MacCalman (reeds); Jasper Stadhouders (guitar); Martin van Duynhoven (drums).

Ken Drew

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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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