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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.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

What A Day This Has Been... Singin' The Blues in Manchester - Fusionhead @ The Bridge.

Roz Sluman (alt/ten/vcl); Nick Rimmer (keys); Alex Green (bs); Kenny Reed (dms).
The day had begun with football, not a subject we digress upon too much. However, today was special for Manchester, Newcastle (faintly) and Sunderland. At the end of the day Man City won the plaudits and it was Man U who were "Singin' The Blues" - Newcastle didn't make the Champions League and Sunderland didn't make the Top Ten.
Never mind - there is always next year...
So, to the music which, at the end of the day, supercedes overpaid foreigners kicking a ball around.
Fusionhead, tonight's Splinter/JNE headliners, play funky jazz with a solid 1970's feel. "I was there" we cried as the band stormed into a number reminiscent of yore.
Sluman plays for keeps - her alto playing strips the paint from the ceiling reminding us of Hank Crawford with maybe just a grain of Sand(born) added to the recipe.
On tenor the lady from Cumbria cries out musically that this is how they walk the bar in Downtown Carlisle!.
Vocally she gets the feel and conveys it well. With a solid rhythm section behind the band rocked and rolled, funked and souled. This was music aimed at the feet rather than the mind - Hoochie Coochie material perhaps?
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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