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Claire Martin: "I used to dye my hair like Marilyn Monroe and bomb around in a Sunbeam Rapier ''- (Jazz Cassette Vol 1 No. 2).


Bob Sinfield: "'Bebop in Britain' [4 CD set] has two potential categories of customer; those who are old enough to remember, and those who aren't." - (Jazz Cassette Vol 1 No. 2).


Today Sunday October 23

Stu Collingwood (solo piano) - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle NE1 1RQ. 2pm. Free.
Giles Strong (solo guitar) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 1:00pm. No cover charge.
Musicians Unlimited - Park Inn, Park Rd., Hartlepool. 1pm. Free.
More Jam – The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 3pm. Free. All welcome to blow.
Vasilis Xenopoulos Quartet - Blaydon Jazz Club, Black Bull, Bridge St., Blaydon NE21 4JJ. 8pm. £7. *****
Baghdaddies - Trimdon Colliery & Deaf Hill WMC Club, TrimdonTS29 6AJ. 7:30pm. £3.
To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Monday, March 08, 2010

Claude Werner Quartet at Zeffirellis, Ambleside, Sat March 6th

In a packed Jazz Café Bar at Zeffirellis on Saturday night this truly international line-up seemed to drift aimlessly into their opening set. Four very busy musicians, playing in a variety of line ups in their adopted home city of Newcastle, probably welcomed such a low key start as it gave themselves time to re-acquaint. However, after a rave review of the previous weeks gig at The Bridge Hotel in Newcastle we need not have worried about what was to come. Laurence Blackadder (Carlisle) on bass solidly underpinned every number together with a relaxed and rhythmical David Carnegie (Barbados) on drums. The solos from Claude Werner (Chile) on tenor sax and Mark Williams (Northern Ireland) were the highlights of the evening as they soared above the steady meter of their colleagues. The first set had highlights in ‘Sitting in The Sun’ and ‘Inner Image’ however the second set was where the musicians found their feet and brought Werner’s clever compositions to life. The opener was ‘Daydreaming’ with bass and tenor sax weaving intricate patterns around a beautifully simple tune heralding some great things to come. The next number was entitled ‘City’ and, although Rush Hour as a title would have summed it up better, the sound was full of street aggression and angst as we pounded the streets looking for a way out with Werner our scintillating impatient driver on tenor saxophone. Next it was the turn of Mark Williams on guitar to provide a wonderfully melodic solo over the steady back beat on ‘I Have Nothing to Say to You’. Blackadder again opened on ‘Drawings Across The Street’ as these accomplished musicians continued to move through the gears. All the tunes played were from the bands album Thoughts and Recollections (available which is a fine collection of tunes and hopefully the forerunner of more exciting music from this very talented set of young musicians. The final act at Zeffirellis was, my favourite from the album, ‘Gorka’ a bouncy lyrical number and a fitting tribute to another great night.
David Gosling.

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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.
The idea of this blog is for you to share your thoughts and pass on your comments on discs, gigs, jazz - music in general. If you've been to a gig/concert or heard a CD that knocked you sideways please share your views with us. Tell us about your favourites, your memories, your dislikes.
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.)
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