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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.

Monday, October 03, 2011

The Thing @ The Bridge. Newcastle. October 3rd

Mats Gustafsson (tenor & baritone saxophones), Ingebrigt Haker Flaten (double bass) & Paal Nilssen-Love (drums)
Splinter @ The Bridge promotes the very best musicians on the regional jazz and improv scene with occasional national and international visitors taking to the stage.
The Thing - Scandinavian hard-core improvisers - were in the UK and this Newcastle date was an all-to-rare opportunity to catch them.
A good crowd of hard-core improv fans were ready for the assault to begin and boy, they weren't disappointed! Swede Mats Gustafsson is from the Peter Brotzmann school of saxophone playing i.e. full-on flame throwing, merciless blowing. The power, the volume were something to be heard. Norwegian drummer Paal Nilssen-Love had played the room a couple of years ago and on this return visit he matched Gustafsson with some brilliant, powerful playing. Fellow countryman bassist Ingebrigt Haker Flaten did well to be heard in this company and he contributed equally to this triumphant triumverate.
During the interval one dazed fan had noticed that the paint had been stripped from the walls and he wanted more of the same in the second set! Unrelenting stuff it most certainly was yet abundant references to a jazz lineage were evident - Rollins, Dolphy, Ayler and a fleeting quotation from There Is No Greater Love. The performance was of the highest standard. The concert was a joint promotion by Jazz Action's Splinter @ The Bridge and Jazz North East.
Russell

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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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