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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)

Friday April 28

Afternoon
Rendezvous Jazz - The Black Horse, Front St., Monkseaton, Whitley Bay NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free.
Dean Stockdale Trio - Town Hall, Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL14 7NP. 1pm. £5.
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Evening
Emma Fisk's Hot Club du Nord - St. Cuthbert's Centre, Church Hill, Crook DL15 9DN. 7:30pm.
Matt Roberts Sextet - Voodoo Café, Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 8pm. £6. 01325 467555. Darlington Jazz Festival.
Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7:00pm.
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Lazy River Jazz Band - Blenkinsopp Castle Inn, Nr. Greenhead CA8 7JS. 8pm. £5. Dancers welcome! 07721 375278 for more details.
To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Trinity Jazz - It's a Sin to Tell A Lie but Fats Lives!

Mike Durham (tpt/vcl/narration), John Crocker (Ten/clt), Keith Nichols (pno/org/vcl), Keith Stephen (bjo/gtr), Bruce Rollo (bs), Pete Soulsby (dms).
A tried and tested formula by the musicians involved pleased another well-attended session at Trinity Church, Gosforth - this time held in the church itself to enable Keith Nichols to play "Sugar" on the mighty church console.
This was an evening, devoted to the life and times of Fats Waller, that rolled pleasantly along. The legends and annecdotes related by Mike and Keith Nichols, old-hat to regular jazzianardos, were new to many of the parishioners and rewarded with the appropriate chuckles and occasional guffaw - not too many of the latter as, after all, we were in church.
Musically there was much to offer. I've already mentioned Nichol's organ-playing but it was his stride piano and the workout's he gave to such Waller comps. as "A Handful of Keys", "Viper's Drag" (but surprisingly not "Alligator Crawl") and others that hit the jackpot.
John Crocker, romped happily through "Honeysuckle Rose" on tenor and "Sweet Sue" and "Dinah" on clarinet. His tenor-playing has that richness Waller's man Gene Cedric had and is totally in period.
Mike Durham provided the trumpet lead necessary to recreate the sound of Fat's Rhythm as well as donating some throwaway vocals.
Perhaps the relatively unsung heroes of the night were the rhythm section. Keith Stephen did the Al Casey bit to perfection with Bruce and Pete solid in both support and solo.
Fats wrote some lovely tunes and tonight they were given the treatment they deserved.
"I've Got My fingers Crossed", "Blue Turning Grey", "Ain't Misbehavin'", "Milkman", "Louisiana Fairytale" etc. all gems.
An ambitious program has been proposed for next year including an unmissable Daryl Sherman with Digby Fairweather - March 13.
Up next is the New Century Ragtime Orchestra on Dec.5.
Well done Trinity Church, maybe jazz is 'parochial' after all.
Lance.

2 comments :

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    George

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  2. Thanks very much for those kind words - the cheque's in the post

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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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