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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)

Today 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.

Monday, May 28, 2012

The Andy Champion Ensemble @ The Bridge Hotel. May 27

Andy Champion (double bass), Alex Leathard (trombone), Graeme Wilson (tenor & alto saxophones), Paul Edis (piano) & Adrian Tilbrook (drums) + Zoe Gilby (vocals)
In January Splinter at the Bridge offered Noel Dennis the chance to play the music of Miles Davis. The initiative was rewarded with a good turn-out on a bitterly cold night. Fast forward to early summer and another good crowd gathered to hear the music of Charles Mingus. 
Andy Champion picked a few familiar Mingus tunes and asked a few of his musician friends to play them. Better Git It in Your Soul and Pithecanthropus Erectus were given the perfect treatment; Alex Leathard (trombone) and reeds virtuoso Graeme Wilson pitched their solos just right, the rhythm section cooked and on cue the ensemble roared (Mingus-like). The spirit of Mingus and his sidemen – Dannie Richmond, Booker Ervin, Jimmy Knepper, Horace Parlan et al – was in the air throughout two most enjoyable sets. 
The mocking rage of Fables of Faubus and the beauty of Orange Was the Color of Her Dress, Then Blue Silk sketched a portrait of Mingus; the colossal angry presence, the prolific composer, the performer, the man. Was this an exercise in nostalgia? Not at all. This was great music played by some great musicians. Oh, yes - we did get a bit of nostalgia – Nostalgia in Times Square. Oh, Yeah!
Russell

2 comments :

  1. A brilliant night Russell and certainly my English gig of the year so far. My old cycling/Windows Music Shop buddy Andy, thought it was the best gig he'd been to in the last 100 years!
    As I left for the number 27 I think I detected the delectable tones of Zoe doing Goodbye Pork Pie Hat - I was tempted to make it Goodbye 27 bus but sanity prevailed and, as it is on her YouTube page, I caught the bus and then caught up with Ms Gilby which was Champion.

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  2. Without a doubt, the best gig I have been to for a long time.

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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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