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Gregg Field: "If I play an aggressive fill, he [Sinatra] might look back with a huge grin on his face. But if we don't do something right, we get the ray, and his ray makes Benny Goodman's ray look like Mother Theresa's ''- (Down Beat June 1995).

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Clifford Brown: "Club owners hire stars, but try to save money by putting in a local rhythm section. If these new men are weak musically, they hurt the star's reputation too." - (Down Beat May4, 1955).

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Today Thursday September 29

Afternoon.
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - The Holystone Bar and Restaurant,Whitley Rd. , Newcastle upon Tyne NE27 0DA.1:00pm. Free.
Tees Valley Jazzmen - No 1 Champagne Bar, Market Place, Bishop Auckland. 12:30pm. Free.
Evening.
See Nine - Hoochie Coochie, 54 Pilgrim St., Newcastle NE1 6SF. 8:30pm. Free.
Tees Hot Club w. Guests - Dorman's, Oxford Rd., Middlesbrough. 9pm. Free.
Maine St., Jazzmen - Potter's Wheel, Sunniside, Tyne and Wear, 8:30pm. Free.
Descarga! - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. Free.
New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge Hotel, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees. 8:30pm.
The Big Chris Barber Band - Gala Theatre, Millennium Place, Durham DH1 1WA. 7:30pm. £21 (£20 conc.)
Pocket Jazz Orchestra w. Jud Downes (tpt) - The Ship, Church Lane, Redmarshall TS21 1EP. 8:30pm. Free.
Strictly Smokin' Big Band - The Millstone, Haddricks Mill Rd., South Gosforth, 7:00pm. Free.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Saturday, March 06, 2010

Great North Big Band Jazz Festival @ Campus, Sunderland University. Saturday 6th March.

Chief BSH correspondent Lance Liddle reviewed Friday night's excellent concert featuring the BBC Big Band's Paul Jones in concert with the Festival Big Band at the Bonded Warehouse on the south bank of the River Wear. The concert served as an hors d'oeuvre to the main course of two days of the best in big band jazz. A short riverboat shuffle (were there such a thing) across the river to Sunderland University Students' Union's north bank 'Campus' HQ and the music resumed at that well known jazz hour - eleven o'clock Saturday morning.
----- The Youth Section opened proceedings with four bands taking part: Durham County Youth Big Band, Paraffernalia (a Gateshead schools' band directed by David Blakey), Northumberland Youth Jazz Orchestra (directed by Dave Hignett) and Wigan Youth Big Band. Durham County Youth Big Band swept the board - Outstanding Soloist, Best Section (saxophones) and Best Band. The Open Section attracted a large number of bands from the north east and beyond. Durham University Big Band rattled through a few numbers including Arturo Sandoval's 'Rhythm of Our World' (good work on trumpet/flugel by Ian Hartley) and 'Fascinating Rhythm'. Durham University Alumni Big Band (directed by Shaun Eland) and North Tyneside's Strictly Smokin' Big Band featured in their ranks Budvivarian keyboards man Chris Finch. One of the tunes Finch & co. played was the Yellow Jackets' 'Go-Go'. During his time on stage Finch coped admirably as all about him collapsed - well, the legs of his keyboard fell apart. Undeterred, our piano man said 'play on!', balancing the keys perched on his lap - this was improvisation at its best! The Strictly Smokin' outfit, with Steph Adams taking the vocals, took on a more contemporary tune in Oasis' 'Wonderwall'. Adams was one of several vocalists to be commended during the two days of competition.
Another pop tune - the Average White Band's 'Pick Up the Pieces' - was in the set list of Lancaster University's competition entry. One from the jazz canon, Neal Hefti's 'Lil Darlin'', featured perfectly realised muted trumpet work from Jenny Hughes. Wigan Youth Jazz Orchestra, a big band with a big reputation, arrived in Sunderland a little late having set off from Lancashire at a very early hour only to encounter traffic problems en route. The band got down to business straight away and their offering included Lennie Niehaus' 'Monday's Child'. Jennifer Grimshaw played some excellent flugel horn on this one. The orchestra's tenor saxophonist won the prize for Outstanding Soloist. A team of Black 'n' Whites (aka Newcastle University Jazz Orchestra - the inaugural winner's of this event seven years ago) ventured into hostile Red 'n' White Mackem country (Sunderland to the uninitiated) in an attempt to run off with some glassware; Sunderland, being home to the National Glass Centre, commissioned glass trophies were somehow appropriate. The orchestra performed as a standing unit, eschewing the conventional arrangement of chairs and stands, creating a vibrant street-band feel to the performance similar to the Chilli Road Band or the anarchic 10th Avenue Band.
Last up for examination was the Leeds College of Music Big Band. This band was superb. From the first few bars there was only one winner. Dynamic arrangements, razor-sharp sections, no contest. The band's rhythm section won a Special Prize and Best Section prize and the full band scooped the prize for Best Band. An evening concert followed featuring Leeds College of Music Big Band, Durham University Big Band and Wigan Youth Jazz Orchestra. Russell.

1 comment :

  1. thAnks for the good review Russell. I'm glad to have provided some comedy entertainment. Leeds' band were outstanding. I also enjoyed the Wigan band - they played some catchy pieces.

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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.)
Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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