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Bebop Spoken There

Howlin' Wolf: “He [Charlie Patton] was a nice guy, but he just loved the bottle--like all the rest of the musicians. He was a great drinker.” – (DownBeat December 16, 1967).

Frank Zappa: “Those kids [US students] wouldn't know music if it came up and bit 'em on the ass.” – (DownBeat October 3, 1969).

Today Thursday April 26

Afternoon

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Road, Holystone NE27 0DA. Tel: 266 6173. 1:00pm. Free.

Tees Valley Jazzmen - No.1 Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL12 7NJ. Tel: 01388 665533. 12:30pm. Free admission.

Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society - Gateshead Central Library, Prince Consort Road, Gateshead NE8 4LN. 5:00pm. Fortnightly meetings, all welcome.

Evening

Strictly Smokin’ Big Band - Millstone, Haddrick’s Mill Road, South Gosforth, Newcastle NE3 1QL. 0191 2853229. 7pm.

Maine St. Jazzmen - Sunniside Social Club, Holywell Lane, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5NJ. 8:30pm. Free.

Bearpark Trio - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £3 (£2 student/MU.).

New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees TS18 4AW. 8:30pm.

Tees Hot Club w. Kevin Eland (tpt); Donna Hewitt (sax); Graham Thompson (keys) - Dorman’s Club, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Tel: 01642 823813. 9pm. Free.

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

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Glowrogues @ Empty Shop - October 18

Sam Healey (alto), ? (tenor), Aaron Diaz (trumpet & electronics), Ben Watte (keys), Dan Brew (guitar), Jamie Brewster (bass) & Jim Molyneux (drums)
(Review by Russell)
Dance the Story is one of the tunes on Manchester-based Glowrogues’ debut download album Live at Jazz Plus Presents. The seven-piece band is touring its new ‘product’ on a word-of-mouth, social media whirlwind tour, and, at Durham’s Empty Shop, band and audience danced the night away. At this gig Glowrogues’ record label had a very local connection. Founders Charles and Chris knew all about the venue having recently graduated from Durham University. Now London-based, their Jazz Plus Presents business partnership inked in a Durham date on Glowrogues’ autumn tour.
Empty Shop has quickly established itself on Durham’s cultural map. It would be difficult to imagine the city without its welcoming presence – that’s a measure of the impact the venue has made in the short time it has been up and running. Glowrogues suited the upstairs room to a tee and vice versa with the band (and audience) at home in the chilled atmosphere. An all-standing gig, the Jazz Plus guys plastered the walls with the Jazz Plus + logo. Glowrogues hit on a groove and didn’t move off it all night. Bandleader Jim Molyneux’s subtle yet complex rhythms were hip-hop, dance groove ‘in-the-pocket’ creations stacked on top of vocal samples and a frontline horn section letting rip.    

Jamie Brewster’s monster bass lines sparked Sam Healey’s blistering solos. The alto playing, one-time member of Beats and Pieces Big Band, generated much excitement as Empty Shop’s dancing full house roared its approval. Pianist Ben Watte wasn’t far behind with his own mega solos. Aaron Diaz stayed his hand until the second set. First set trumpeter Diaz fed electronic beats into the mix, second set he stepped up, horn on a clip mic, to blow some You’re Under Arrest-era inspired Miles.

Sam Healey called Dan Brew the band’s ‘secret weapon’. The Apes Grapes’ guitarist (Glowrogues’ bassist Jamie Brewster is a bandmate) conjured an impressive intro to a self-penned tune winning applause as the band piled in behind him. The Cinematic Orchestra and Snarky Puppy are but two of their contemporaries with which they are said to hold something in common. Perhaps, but better to think of them as new wave in-the-groove soul-stirrers.                     
Russell.

2 comments :

Jamie Brewster said...

Hi! Thanks for the review, line up for this gig was:
Sam Healey (alto), Anthony Brown (tenor), Aaron Wood (Trumpet), Richard Jones (keys), Dan Brew (guitar), Jamie Brewster (bass), Jim Molyneux (drums)

Russell said...

Thanks for the corrections. One or two in the band did look unfamiliar!

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