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Bebop Spoken There

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)

Today Sunday April 30

All Day.
Darlington Jazz Festival - details.
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International Jazz Day - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. From 2pm 'til late. Free - details.
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Strictly Smokin' Small Band - Gateshead Beer and Music Festival - Gateshead RFC, Eastwood Gdns., Low Fell NE9 5UB. £12 admission to beer festival. Band play 1:45pm - 2:35pm.
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Afternoon.
Joel Byrne McCullough - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 12:30pm. Free.
Blues @ The Bay - Tanner Smith's 17-19 South Parade, Whitley Bay NE26 2RE, 0191 2525941. 4pm. Free. Blues jam w. Scott Wall & Charlie Philp.
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Musicians Unlimited - Park Hotel, Park Rd., Hartlepool TS26 9HU. 01249 233126.1pm. Free.
Evening
Nick Ross Orchestra (Glenn Miller) - Forum Theatre, Queensway, Billingham. 7:30pm. £22 (£20.50 conc.).
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Mark Williams Trio @ Hoochie Coochie

Mark Williams (gtr); Paul Susans (bs); Richard Brown (dms).
My heart said Blaydon and Ray's Big Band but logistics in the form of one bus as opposed to bus/metro and early departure decreed that Hoochie Coochie it was. Sorry Roly but it really was a tough call I hope it went well for you.
Mark Williams is, and I'm sure Roly will agree, a phenomenal guitarist who should be rated alongside any guitarist in the world. Someone tell me the difference between Mark and Scofield or whoever!
Tonight the amiable Irishman demonstrated that technique in no small measure tearing off chorus after chorus on a variety of, mainly original, tunes. Alongside Mark, Paul Susans - on bass guitar tonight -, provided the perfect foundation for the leader's fanciful flights as well as chipping in with his own. On drums, Richard Brown soloed with much aplomb and a well-attended Hooch showed their appreciation.
This is the place to be on a Thursday.
Next week Legohead.
Photos courtesy of Kaveh Emami.
Lance.

1 comment :

  1. No doubt about it Mark is a very special player. I hope he gets the wider recognition he deserves. Its not just the exciting solo building facility, it goes much deeper than that. He brings to his music a gripping sense of drama that compels you to listen. From gentle, lyrical introductory stages building into exhilarating climax. An emotional roller coaster you might say. And underpinned by compositions of high quality that I know, having talked to Mark, are something he works on for a long time before performing them in public. In other words REAL compositions.
    Some players touch your soul in a special way - Mark has that innate ability.
    Roly

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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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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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