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Ambrose Akinmusire: “I love teaching, and I love the exchange. And I’m starting to accept my role as a mentor. That sounds weird to say. But I can’t avoid the fact that there are younger musicians who are watching me.” – (Down Beat September 2017).

Mike Gibbs: “Rehearsals are a chance for players to learn my degree of vagueness.” – (Jazzwise September 2017).

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Thursday September 21

Afternoon
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Rd., nr. Newcastle NE27 0DA. 1:oopm. Free.
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Tees Valley Jazzmen - White Horse Hotel, Burtree Lane, Harrowgate Hill, Darlington DL1 3AD. 1:30pm. Free. 01325 463262.

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Evening.
Maine Street Jazzmen - Potter's Wheel, Sunniside NE16 5EE. 8:30pm. Free.
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Courtney Pine: Black Notes from the Deep - Sage Gateshead NE8 2JR. 7:30pm. £25.60. 0191 4434661.
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Katie Mac (w. 6 piece band) - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. Free.
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Emma Fisk & James Birkett - St. Cuthbert's Church, Shadforth DH6 1LF. 7:30pm.
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Pocket Jazz Orchestra: Jazz & Tapas - No. 60, Arc, Dovecote St., Stockton TS18 1LL. 7pm. £10.
Tees Hot Club w. Alan Marshall (saxes); Kevin Eland (trumpet); Ted Pearce (keys) - Dormans, Oxford Rd., Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. 9pm. Free.
New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton TS18 4AW. 8:30pm.01642 678129.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Friday, March 27, 2015

CD Review: Mikkel Ploug Trio - At Black Tornado.

Mikkel Ploug (gtr); Jeppe Skovbakke (bs); Sean Carpio (dms).
(Review by Lance).
At Black Tornado is Danish guitarist Mikkel Ploug's seventh album and his first for Whirlwind. Recorded at the Black Tornado Studios in Copenhagen on January 28/29 last year, the album was launched at Ronnie's earlier this week. The trio have also appeared elsewhere in London as well as Birmingham and Bungay in Suffolk.
Unfortunate that they didn't venture further north whilst in the UK as the music is deserving of the widest possible audience. Unlike a lot of Nordic bands this trio remain within the bounds of convention. That they do so without sounding dated is surely proof that they are very much of today.
Not being a guitarist, I can't comment technically on Ploug's chord voicings
save to say that they sound unusual - the album notes suggest they're Monk inspired and that would explain a lot!
Skovbakke's bass sound is also unusual, brought about by his high string action enabling him to get a powerful acoustic sound. 
Carpio adds rhythmic variations of his own - at times seemingly at odds with the others but never jarringly so.
In effect it's 3 travelers heading in the same direction by different routes with their paths criss-crossing until they eventually reach their goal.
Lance.
Mikkel Ploug Trio - At Black Tornado will be available from April 13 on Whirlwind Recordings WR4661.

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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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