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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 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.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Ray Dales' Quartet @ Hoochie Coochie. Thursday May 17.

Ray Dales (alt); Jeremy McMurray (pno); Peter Ayton (bs); Richard Brown (dms).
If  these Teessiders were footballers Middlesbrough would be in the Premier League!
Ray Dales is a sharp-shooting, sure-footed, alto-saxist who soars Birdlike through the changes. Nice round sound with lots of technique that allows the ideas to flow.
On keys, Jeremy McMurray also displays a deft, almost classical, touch using all of the 88 (or in this case 72) notes available. The piano is pounded into submission and the instrument doesn't object at all - just gives an orgiastic moan of musical pleasure.
Peter Ayton fertilizes the growth with bass guitar lines that complement and inspire whilst on drums Richard continues to demonstrate the art of making any rhythm swing.
And there were many rhythms tonight - Calypso, Mambo, Samba, Bossa to name but some.
That this was one of the lesser populated Hoochie gigs was no reflection on the band - those stay away jazz people don't know what they missed (are missing) on a rainy Thursday night in Newcastle.
Next week it's The (New) Narrators.
Lance.

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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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