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Frank Zappa: "There was so much acid during the '60s that it was very easy for large numbers of people to think they had seen God as soon as the Beatles went boom, boom, boom, you know?." - (DownBeat May 18, 1978). – (DownBeat May 18, 1978).

Ryan Keberle: “Don't be easy on yourself when it comes to playing with perfect intonation. All other instruments will be playing with close-to-perfect intonation; the same should be expected of trombonists.'” – (DownBeat April 2018)

Today Saturday March 24


Dave Donohoe Band - St Augustine’s Parish Centre, Larchfield Street, Darlington DL3 7TG. 12:30pm.

Tees Valley Jazzmen - Hardwick Arms Hotel, 1 North End, Sedgefield TS21 2AZ. Tel: 01740 622305. 1:30pm. Free.


Ladies of Midnight Blue - Live Theatre, Broad Chare, Newcastle NE1 3DQ. Tel: 0191 232 1232. 8:00pm. £12.00. (advance). Hannabiell, Yilis & co. Jumpin’ Hot Club gig.

Rob Heron & the Tea Pad Orchestra -Scarth Memorial Hall, Staindrop, Co Durham DL2 3JL. Tel: 01388 660786. 8:00pm. £9.00., £5.00. child.

Tyne Valley Big Band - TORCH Centre, Corbridge Road, Hexham NE46 1QS. 7:30pm.

Billy Bootleggers All Star Band - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

To the be
st of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

L’Entente Chordiale @ The Lit & Phil. May 9.

Tweedle-Dee: Robert Finker (tenor saxophone & clarinet), Alex Bonney
(trumpet & electronics), Fidel Fourneyron (trombone), Kit Downes (keyboards),
Julien Desprez (guitar), Dave Kane (double bass) & Yann Joussein (drums)
Spelk: Chris Sharkey (guitar), Andy Champion (electric bass) & Adrian
Tilbrook (drums).
(Review by Russell).
Recession? What recession? Jazz North East’s latest venture – a two day Anglo French mini festival – went ahead despite the decimation of Arts Council funded activities.
Day one began with an all too rare appearance of Spelk. The trio improvise the memorised, so to speak. An agreed framework is in place and off they go. Guitarist Chris Sharkey works similarly with Trio VD and it is fascinating to hear a piece evolve from a standing start. Bassist Andy Champion plays it electric with this
outfit and puts on his mean ‘n’ moody, in-the-zone face. Pulsating groove after pulsating groove rattled from Champion’s Rickenbacker. Adrian Tilbrook bolts add-ons to his kit when this trio gets together and he made full use of the additional hardware. Sharkey always comes up with something different and this performance was no exception; constantly seeking a new sound, a riff, hammered patterns, pedals on and off. In full
flight – and at times they were up there flying with the albatross – Spelk is one exhilarating experience.
Members of the Coax and Loop Collectives joined forces to form the septet Tweedle-Dee. Musicians from the Paris based Coax Collective played a gig with their London counterparts (Loop Collective) at the Cheltenham Jazz Festival and made the journey north to do it all again at the Lit & Phil Library in Newcastle. As the band prepared to go on stage other Coax members were being met at Newcastle International Airport (their participation will occur on day two of the event).
Thanks to Jazz North East’s international links most of the musicians in Tweedle-Dee were no strangers to Tyneside. Pianist Kit Downes had performed in the room with his quintet a matter of a few weeks earlier and on this festival appearance he worked with Robert Fincker (reeds), bassist Dave Kane and Alex Bonney
(trumpet) together with their French cohorts Fidel Fourneyron (trombone), Yann Joussein (drums) and Julien Desprez (guitar). Last year guitarist Desprez appeared with Q at Gateshead’s Central Bar and the band made such an impression that his return was an eagerly awaited occasion. This second visit saw him play much more guitar.
The band deployed subtle electronic interventions to produce wonderful tonal colours across the horns surfing the hypnotic wave-effect created by bassist Dave Kane and the super-cool Yann Joussein (drums). Desprez rarely cut loose (in keeping with the collective restraint shown by all) and ‘bone man Fourneyron’s occasional Valente-like blasts were similarly restrained (‘Valente’ and ‘restrained’ - an oxymoron?). So, the music on day one was of the highest order. Day two promises more of the same. Three highlights are likely to be generated by the men behind the drum kit. If ACV play Without Bones then take it from me that Adrian Tilbrook’s drumming will set the bar at Olympian heights. Yann Joussein could well match him (he plays a solo set) and Sylvain Darrifourcq (Q’s master percussionist) could well snatch the gold medal.

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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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