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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.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Four On Six – The Jazz Café - March 28









Steve Glendinning (gtr) & Paul Grainger (bs)

(Review by Kath J/Photo left by Mike Tilley photo right by Lance).
When two outstanding musicians team up for a duo gig, you know that it’s going to be a high quality performance and I wasn’t disappointed.  Four on Six commenced with a bit of Gershwin, A Foggy Day, and right from the start the intricate workings of Stevie’s fingers backed by that confident but laid back bass, set the standard.  Pat Metheny’s Aways and Forever brought an innovative bass solo and Paul’s creativity carried on into God Bless the Child, way to go Mr Grainger!
Horizon – an original by Stephen Glendinning exhibited that not only can this clever musician play creatively with imagination, but he can also write superb and inspirational tunes.  Ralph Rainger’s If I Should Lose You and Victor Feldman’s upbeat Seven Steps to Heaven brought the first set to a close.  Now I really feel I need to make reference to the many jovial comments over the course of the evening, regarding the different composers and their family relationships to others… I particularly liked the Marty Feldman one… a friendly poke in the ribs at Don Forbes who was in the audience, who had often commented at his own gigs that Marty was the brother of Victor, which actually, when investigated by Paul Grainger proved to be totally untrue.
On to set two and by now the Jazz Café was pretty full, attentive ‘Jazzers’ to the front and further back an appreciative but chattier crowd.   A cracking start with Straight No Chaser, again this duo shone - executing superb solos.  Up next was Waltz for Ruth, with an intricate guitar intro and a bowed bass to end… gorgeous!    If You Never Come to Me preceded more Metheny in the form of Question and Answer, and a delightful rendition of Jimmy Van Heusen’s Polka Dots and Moonbeams, another chance to hear that beautiful bowed bass.
A second original composition, this time from the talented Mr Grainger, Swim - I am yet to hear to story behind this composition, as promised some time ago,  it but it’s a great tune.  A few more terrific tunes, Witchcraft, followed by Stevie’s favourite, Stella By Starlight, and then the duo’s namesake tune Four on Six was supposed to be the last one, but the crowd yelled for more and we were treated to a smashing upbeat version of All The Things You Are.  Fabulous evening and if you missed it well there’s another chance to see the superlative Stephen Glendinning this evening at The Bridge where he is joined by the  magnificent Mark Williams as they come together as Duende.
Kath J

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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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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.)
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