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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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Friday, March 10, 2017

Gerry Richardson Quartet @ Jazz Café. March 9

Gerry Richardson (Hammond organ), Garry Linsley (alto saxophone), Rod Sinclair (guitar) & Adam Sinclair (drums)
(Review by Russell)
March 9, UK Live Music Census day. A nation wide music industry census to gauge the health of the music scene canvassing opinion from audiences, musicians, venue operators and promoters. The Tyneside element included Sage Gateshead and a range of Newcastle venues from the small scale pub gig to the ‘plastic glass stand-up booking fee will apply’ establishment. As luck would have it Newcastle’s Jazz Café was on a convenient walking distance circuit of the dedicated canvassers.


In the Jazz Café’s upstairs room on Pink Lane canvassers happened upon one of the great bands…the Gerry Richardson Quartet. Imagine walking in on some of this – Jive Samba (Nat Adderley), In a Mellotone (Ellington), Money’s Getting Cheaper (Witherspoon) and more. Richardson runs his Big Idea, a nine-piece outfit. Tonight the horns were given the night off, the exception being Garry Linsley. The Cumbrian-based alto saxophonist is one of two key components in any line-up (the other Rod Sinclair, guitar) be it trio, quartet as per tonight’s gig, or the mighty Big Idea.

The Sticks, Just Squeeze Me, Mose Allison’s Everybody’s Cryin’ Mercy, every number a gem. Richardson doesn’t do anything other than great tunes and one Richardson tune that is invariably in the set list – African Sunset – duly cropped up. It’s a feature for drummer Adam Sinclair (predecessor Paul Smith developed the polyrhythmic patterns), R. Sinclair featured as soloist or rhythm guitar maestro on pretty much all tunes, and Richardson, at a relatively new Hammond (the old piece of furniture seemingly retired to the Richardson Museum of All Things Hammond), cooks and grooves (old school Blue Note lingo) non-stop. Yes, the census guys hit lucky catching Gerry Richardson at the Jazz Café. Quality of performance wasn’t being measured. If it was – on a scale of 1 to 10 – mark it down as   11. Let’s go out on some Jimmy Smith…Back at the Chicken Shack.         
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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