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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.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Preview - Jazz at Cafe Society Starring Gwyneth Herbert, China Moses, Max Reinhardt and Alexander Stewart Written and produced by Alex Webb

The Tricycle Theatre 269 Kilburn High Road, London NW6 7JR
Monday 16 July – Saturday 21 July 2012
**** ‘A genuine treat’ – The Times
‘Historically fascinating’ – Jazz UK.
'Tailor made for Live Theatre or Sage Hall Two' - Lance (Bebop Spoken Here).
Three of Europe’s top young jazz vocalists - Gwyneth Herbert, Alexander Stewart and Paris-based China Moses (daughter of jazz giant Dee Dee Bridgewater) star in this swinging show about the legendary New York nightclub which promoted racial equality and progressive causes. From 1938 to 1947 Cafe Society played host to some of the finest musical talent of the 20th century, including Billie Holiday, Lena Horne, Sarah Vaughan, Count Basie and many others.

The irresistible soundtrack comes from the Cafe Society All Stars – a group drawn from the cream of UK jazz talent, with Rod Youngs (drums), Miles Danso (bass), Nathaniel Cross (trombone), Nathaniel Facey (alto sax), Frank Griffith, (tenor sax) Sue Richardson (trumpet), Jo Caleb (guitar) and music director Alex Webb at the piano. Musical highlights include representations of performances by Billie Holiday, Big Joe Turner, Lena Horne, Sarah Vaughan, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Nellie Lutcher and Lucienne Boyer.
The show, narrated by DJ and BBC Radio presenter Max Reinhardt as club owner Barney Josephson, follows the progress of the venue from its idealistic Left-wing beginnings, through all its struggles and triumphs, to its eventual demise in the anti-Communist hysteria of the late 1940s, when New York’s powerful press columnists turned against the club as a ‘nest of communists’ and hounded Josephson out of business.
Researched and scripted by Alex Webb with the help of Josephson’s widow, Terry Trilling-Josephson, this is a captivating story of a time when Jewish radicals and Black civil rights activists made common cause, when the American Left was a force to be reckoned with, and when some of the greatest jazz and blues talent that ever lived was just a phone call away.
The Tricycle Theatre, which has established a unique reputation for presenting plays that reflect the cultural diversity of its community, is the ideal home for this production, which has been made possible with the kind support of Eva Schloss.
Monday 16 July – Saturday 21 July 2012
Evening performances at 8pm; Saturday matinee at 3pm
Mon £15 (no concessions), and ‘Early Bird’ tickets at £10
Tues to Thurs & Sat Mat £18 (concessions £15)
Fri & Sat Eves £21 (concessions £18)
Tickets from www.tricycle.co.uk/ Box Office tel 020 7328 1000
Or in person 10am – 9pm Monday – Saturday, 2 – 9pm on Sundays
The Tricycle Café (serving food) is open from 12noon to 8pm Mondays to Fridays and 10am – 8pm on Saturdays. The Tricycle Bar (serving drinks and snacks) is open from 12 noon Mondays to Fridays & from 10.30am Saturdays & closes at 11pm Mondays to Saturdays. On Sundays the Bar is open 3-9pm.
TRANSPORT
Tube: Kilburn (Jubilee Line)
Bus: 16, 31, 32, 98, 189, 206, 316, 328
Train: Brondesbury (London overground)

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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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