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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.

Thursday, November 02, 2017

Joy Ellis Quartet @ Empty Shop, Durham - October 29.

Joy Ellis (keys, voice), James Kitchman (guitar), Henrik Jensen (bass), Adam Osmianski (drums).
(Review by Steve T) 
Another short un (hurrah). Definitely wanted to do this after Lance reviewed the album, which Ms. Ellis was thrilled by, and when I saw some of the musicians featured, not least Rob Luft and Binker.
My mission was to try to get to this and Hoochie’s SOSA, but a last minute decision to do them the other way round landed me in traffic gridlock due to the five hundred and ninety ninth month anniversary of the Freedom March.
This meant I got a little Sam Dees, a touch of Randy Brown and a slice of Betty Swann (and if these names mean anything to you at all you should be in the Empty Shop this Saturday) and the second half of Joy Ellis.
I was expecting a trio so a quartet was a happy surprise and not at all disappointing that the guitarist was not current whiz Rob Luft, but Hexham born/London based James Kitchman, who acquitted himself brilliantly.
The lady is amiable and classy on and off the stage (floor), clearly knows her way around a keyboard and it was refreshing to have a singer who isn't trying to emulate her black forebears. In fact, her music owes a lot to folk as well as Jazz and there's definite hints of prog rock in the juxtaposition of light and shade with Kitchman’s guitar effects.
The two more or less shared the soloing with an obvious rapport between them. He displays an acknowledged debt to James Birkett in his use of chords, and Mark Williams in his rock/pedals effects - two of his tutors back home.
Bass only took one solo in the second set and was all the better for that. I'd been warned to expect a serious level of musicianship, even without Luft, and they hadn't lied.
I believe the set was all original, though not all from the album and Ellis clearly knows how to write too, alternating vocal tracks and instrumentals, all with equal skill and aplomb.
Not a great turnout, bubbling around under twenty, but I guess four in the afternoon is a tricky spot.
Steve T. 

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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.
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