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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.

Sunday, April 02, 2017

GIJF Day 2 - Ronnie Scott's All Stars Present the Ronnie Scott's Soho Songbook @ Sage Gateshead April 1

James Pearson (piano); Alex Garnett (tenor); Sam Burgess (bass); Ian Thomas (drums); Natalie Williams (vocal).
(Review by Lance).
Those of us who saw the show at Gala Theatre, Durham, in May last year probably expected more of the same and we couldn't have been more wrong!
Whereas last year was purely instrumental with Freddy Gavita on trumpet, this time round the emphasis was on the vocal side with homage paid to Ella, Anita, Sassy, Mark Murphy, Nancy Wilson and the many other singers who patrolled the Frith St. beat. This multi-faceted task was entrusted to Natalie Williams who, 3 years back, had the inhabitants of Hoochie Coochie rocking and rolling in the aisles.
Tonight, the tall, statuesque, singer was in a more sophisticated mode, as befitted the occasion, but still did the business. Garnett, needless to say, blew tenor like there was no tomorrow although, he told me afterward, he had a gig in Bromley the following day. Ben Webster to Sonny Rollins, Garnett ticked all the boxes. 
The current house pianist and Musical Director at Ronnie's, James Pearson (on the right of the picture with Alex Garnett), was featured in a piece from Oscar Peterson's Canadiana Suite. He did the great man proud.
Sam Burgess was rock solid and particularly impressive on the bass/voice intro to If I Were a Bell.
Ian Thomas, who'd got his dates mixed up and had arrived in Gateshead a day early - he should have been in Doncaster - dazzled on Sing Sing Sing.
The obligatory encore, It Don't Mean a Thing if it Ain't Got That Swing certainly did have 'that swing!'
Lance.

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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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