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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.

Saturday, September 02, 2017

CD Review: Will Butterworth Quartet - The Nightingale and the Rose

Will Butterworth (piano); Seb Pipe (alto); Nick Pini (bass); Pete Ibbetson (drums)
(Review by Lance).
It didn't hit me first time round, nor did it on the second and third! Possibly because I hadn't read Oscar Wilde's The Nightingale and the Rose so I wasn't too sure what it was all about.
I googled The Nightingale and the Rose and, lo and behold, the story was there.
This was a whole different ball game.
Reading Wilde's prose and hearing Butterworth's music it all fell into place.
Butterworth has totally captured the essence of Wilde's fantasy. The thrill, the love, the hope, the sadness are all beautifully depicted by the four musicians.
The piano, ever present, expressing the emotion of the peace whilst Pipe's alto soars and sings as surely did the nightingale. Bass and drums add to the depth bringing colour to the rose.
The titles all relate to the story as it unwinds.
1/No red rose in all my garden; 2/The nightingale; 3/What I sing of, he suffers; 4/She swept over the garden like a shadow...; 5/6/ Philosophy and metaphysics, part 1 & part 2; 7/A red rose in my garden; 8/ ...and like a shadow she sailed through the grove; 9/The cold crystal moon leaned down to listen; 10/A love perfected by death.
You may think that this is going to be heavy going but you're wrong. The music floats and stings like a bee, to quote a well-known phrase.
Recommended listening but make sure you read the story as you do so.
5 stars Butterworth.
5 stars Wilde.
Lance.
Available now on Jellymould - JJ027

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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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