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Howard Riley: “When I started out playing jazz back in the late 50s, early 60s, if you wanted a gig you had to learn some standards.” – (Jazz Journal April 2017)

Eric Harland: “I love swing and I’m always going to swing but I also know that you can take a hip-hop groove and improvise with that just like you would with a swing pattern.” – (Jazz Journal April 2017)

Today Saturday April 29

Afternoon

1pm: Dean Stockdale Trio. 2:30pm: Abbie Finn Quartet 4pm: Rick Laughlin Trio - Quakerhouse, Mechanics’ Yard, Darlington DL3 7QF. 01325 245052. 1:00-5:00pm. Free (donations).

Evening

Dave O’Higgins with Durham Alumni Big Band - Majestic Theatre, Bondgate, Darlington DL3 7JT. Support set by Durham County Youth Big Band (7:15pm). £12.00. (+ concs).

Late night jam session - Quakerhouse, Mechanics’ Yard, Darlington DL3 7QF. 01325 245052.10:30pm. Free.

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Ruby Turner - Alnwick Playhouse. 7:30pm. £21.00. & £20.00.

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Fever & Friends - Customs House, Mill Dam, South Shields NE333 3NG. 7:30pm. £12.00. 0191 454234.

Bradley Johnston (solo guitar) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 7:30pm. No cover charge.

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

Monday, March 20, 2017

Dean Stockdale Trio @ Blaydon Jazz Club - March 19

Dean Stockdale (piano), Mick Shoulder (double bass) & Adam Sinclair (drums)
(Review by Russell/Photo courtesy of Roly Veitch)
As Blaydon Jazz Club embarks upon its thirty third year presenting the very best in jazz, pianist Dean Stockdale, in the company of Mick Shoulder, bass, and drummer Adam Sinclair, returned to the Black Bull on Bridge Street to play two sets of standards, original compositions and some Oscar Peterson. The audience, best described as select but discerning, hung on every note, an evening of intimate, small group jazz, a connoisseur’s delight.
Joyspring, the Brubeckian elegance of All the Things You Are, and a Stockdale arrangement of Mingus’ Nostalgia in Times Square, these the first offerings of the Dean Stockdale Trio. Blaydon Jazz Club has been privileged to present many of the finest pianists around, not least the house pianist of many years, until relocating abroad, Billy Harper. Dean Stockdale is one of the current generation to grace the stage at the Black Bull. A new CD is soon to see the light of day and the affable Stockdale took the opportunity to play a couple of tunes from it; Another Time perhaps a  little tentative, bass and drums sight reading the unfamiliar charts. Later, Stockdale played Pike Place (named after a Seattle fish market) – two original compositions worthy of their place in the set list.

New York by Night (comp Stockdale) swung, Shoulder and Sinclair swinging. Beautiful Love and Oscar Peterson’s swinging Kelly’s Blues had it all; walking left hand, double time swing, brushes skittering across Sinclair’s kit, Shoulder’s arco bass solo. Some Day My Prince Will Come, then a request…Hymn to Freedom, played for Blaydon Jazz Club’s Roly Veitch. To close an evening of first rate jazz the trio played a Stockdale arrangement of Out of Nowhere. It had been a pleasure.

Next month there will be a first visit to the Black Bull by Eddie Bellis’ Lickety Split. A West Coast-influenced octet, trombonist Bellis has assembled some of the region’s finest. Oliver Nelson, the guarantee of some Miles Davis, a blues – this is one not to be missed. The date for your diary… Easter Sunday, April 16th. Eight o’clock start, £5.00. on the door. Make the effort, get along and hear some great jazz, you’ll be impressed, guaranteed!    
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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