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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.

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Jammin' @ The Caff - March 3

Peter Gilligan (pno); James Robson (bs); Bradley Johnston (gtr); Paul Wight (dms) + Joe Fowler, David Gray (tmb); Paul Gowland, Jordan Alfonso (alt); Alexis Cairns (ten); Sylvie Heath (fl); Tom Lapworth (gtr); Yuya Honami, Ian Forbes, James Carmichael (dms); Kathryn Lowdon (vcl); Francisco ? (pno).
(Review by Lance).
As the above roll of Honour indicates this was quite a night! Close your eyes and it was easy to imagine you were at a 1940s JATP gig in downtown Los Angeles rather than a 2015 jam in downtown Newcastle 
The house quartet set the mood with Things Ain't What They Used to be, Wave and that always delightful jazz waltz Bluesette.
Joe Fowler slided God Bless the Child before being joined by Hogwarts graduate David Gray for a trombone joust on Hallelujah I Just Love Him/Her So. Big Joe's vocal tipped the scales.
David stayed aboard for the triple titled Theme from Black Orpheus - nice bass playing from dep bassman Robson.
A pause whilst the kit was adjusted to suit the non southpaw stickmen, who were queing up in an orderly fashion, then we were off to the races.
Paul Gowland - on alto tonight - and Yuya Honami - on drums - were Alone Together and then, and then, and then... a Scrapple From The Apple to end all Scrapples!
First Bradley set the pace with Pete, James and Paul in hot pursuit until, in the final furlong, an explosive burst by Yuya made it a photo finish and the winner was - The audience!
Alexis Cairns with Tom Lapworth and Ian Forbes bid Bye Bye to a Blackbird - great Gilligan double time chorus - and trombone wizard Gray returned for Ain't Misbehavin'.
Sylvie Heath, even unmiked, had nice moments on flute by which time Jordan, James Carmichael and Francisco had joined her on Little Sunflower and All of Me (we want More of You!)
Gowland came back for Stella and just about everyone seemed to be up for Stormy Monday with a belting vocal by "T-Bone" Lowdon.
Lance.
(Apologies for crap photo!)

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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.)
Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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