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John Postgate: "Oscar Peterson played a good solo in 1954..." - (Jazz Monthly August 1960)

Bill Evans: "A composer writes something, and an orchestra interprets it--he spends maybe six months writing 10 minutes of music, but a jazz musician spends 10 minutes of playing 10 minutes of music, and he performs it himself". - (Jazz Monthly July1960).

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Today Saturday October 21

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Evening

Tees Valley Jazzmen - Sadberge Village Hall, 5 Beacon Grange Park, Sadberge, Darlington DL2 1TW. 7:30pm. £9.00. inc cheese & biscuits, BYOB.

Mat Maneri/Evan Parker/Lucian Ban: Sounding Tears - Sage Gateshead. 7:45pm. £13.50.

The Exiles - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8:00pm. £5.00. Line-up: Dave Hignett (trumpet), Niall Armstrong (tenor sax), Mike Cunningham (piano), Hazel Hanley (double bass) & Paul ‘Sid’ Wight (drums).

George Shovlin & the Radars - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm.

To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Vasilis Xenopoulos & Paul Edis @ The Lit & Phil - October 20

Vasilis Xenopoulos (tenor saxophone) & Paul Edis (piano)
(Review by Russell/photo courtesy of Jerry)
Vasilis Xenopoulos stepped off the train at Central Station and walked all of two minutes to the Lit and Phil. This was to be the first of two gigs in a day for London-based Xenopoulos. This reunion with friend pianist Paul Edis found the duo surrounded by audio-visual recording equipment. Their excellent 2016 album A Narrow Escape deserves to be heard by a wider audience and promoting the ‘product’ to interested parties won’t do any harm at all.

CD Review: Sherri Roberts - Anybody's Spring

Sherri Roberts (vocal); David Udolf (piano); Harve S (bass); Akira Tana (drums); Sheryl Bailey (guitar).
(Review by Lance).
The seasons have provided fertile material for songwriters, often to the point of overkill with: Winter Wonderland, Autumn Leaves and Summertime being typical examples of good songs that have been flogged to death unlike Winter in Madrid (Ann Richards w. Kenton), Autumn Serenade and The Things We Did Last Summer which are all worthy of more exposure.
Spring, however, is a different kettle of fish - possibly because there are more of them [songs] - but, since Shakespeare's It Was a Lover and His Lass, Spring, like love, has ever been in the air and the airs on this album are 12 of the best sung by a lady who moved from theatre to song when she recognized that exploring the rich emotional life of a character through story can be done far more economically in a four-minute song than a two-hour play; that a well-written song is like a drama in miniature, distilled to its musical essence; and that singing, like acting, offers the means to externalize the deeper, internal self. She walked away from theatre and onto the bandstand, and hasn’t looked back since.
And I'm rather glad about that!

Friday, October 20, 2017

Vasy's Back in Town and so is Nigel Price...

The ever-popular saxman Vasilis Xenopoulos began his barnstorming tour of the northeast this lunchtime in tandem with pianist Paul Edis at the Lit and Phil in Newcastle. 
Tonight, the duo, augmented with top UK guitarist Nigel Price, Paul Susans on bass and Russ Morgan on drums, play the Opus 4 Club in Darlington. 
Tomorrow night, sans Edis, they play Eyemouth and come Sunday they're at Blaydon Jazz Club - Mick Shoulder plays bass on this one.
Russell will be reporting all of the gigs apart from Eyemouth (passport expired) so watch this space.
Jerry was at today's lunchtime session and sent these photos as a taster to the Lit and Phil review.
Lance.

CD Launch: Oli Rockberger - Sovereign. Press release

(Press release)
Pianist, vocalist, songwriter and producer Oli Rockberger’s fourth studio release, Sovereign (his first for the Whirlwind label and following on from his self-release Old Habits), takes its title from the viewpoints of transition, growth and independence. The music for this album came together from a decision to return to his native London after sixteen years in the United States where, following successful graduation from Berklee College of Music attended as a Full Tuition Scholarship recipient, his hugely formative New York career developed as sideman to big-name jazz instrumentalists including Randy Brecker, Will Lee (with Steve Gadd) and Nathan East, to working alongside acclaimed singer-songwriters Carly Simon, Jesse Harris and John Mayer. Now based in the UK capital, Rockberger continues to work internationally as an in-demand sideman, with recent collaborations including Becca Stevens, Richard Spaven, Fridolijn and Louis Cole, in addition to his ongoing work with acclaimed UK songstress Laura Mvula, as a member of her touring band (keys/vocals). 

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Glowrogues @ Empty Shop - October 18

Sam Healey (alto), ? (tenor), Aaron Diaz (trumpet & electronics), Ben Watte (keys), Dan Brew (guitar), Jamie Brewster (bass) & Jim Molyneux (drums)
(Review by Russell)
Dance the Story is one of the tunes on Manchester-based Glowrogues’ debut download album Live at Jazz Plus Presents. The seven-piece band is touring its new ‘product’ on a word-of-mouth, social media whirlwind tour, and, at Durham’s Empty Shop, band and audience danced the night away. At this gig Glowrogues’ record label had a very local connection. Founders Charles and Chris knew all about the venue having recently graduated from Durham University. Now London-based, their Jazz Plus Presents business partnership inked in a Durham date on Glowrogues’ autumn tour.

CD Review: Eddie Daniels & Roger Kellaway - Just Friends

(The press release says as much, and more, about this album than I could ever come up with. Nevertheless, I go along with every word. Daniels has long been my favourite modern clarinet player of the post-De Franco era and, unlike the clarinet men who preceded him, he was one mighty tenor player too. However, its clarinet all the way here and an object lesson for anyone who thinks that modern clarinet, played with technique is passé. Maybe it is as these tracks were recorded in 1988! – Lance).

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

A Dixieland Day in the Dales

Guitarist Ron Hampton of Tees Hot Club fame has asked me to mention a trad gig coming up in Leyburn, North Yorkshire.
The Frisco Bay Hot Stompers are crossing the Pennines to play the Bolton Arms Hotel in Leyburn, North Yorkshire which is interesting for a few reasons.
The personnel includes Tom Derbyshire on bass (pictured) who, many years ago, was part of the Jim Vincent Trio with the late Marshall Walker on drums. He also, I believe, played in a college band with the late Bill Shaw. I also did a gig with him many many years ago - too long ago to remember. The last time I saw Tom was either at Marshall's funeral or when he did a dep gig with the Maine Street Jazzmen at Rosie's in South Shields. 
So much for the reminiscences!

And the band played on… Jazz Café Jam Session – October 17

(Review by Russell)
The Jazz Café’s jam session is rapidly approaching legendary status. The Pink Lane venue across the road from Newcastle Central Station is the place to be at eight o’clock (earlier if you want to sit down as seats are at a premium) every first and third Tuesday in the month. The house band is an A-list affair and the many sitters-in invariably bring their A-game to the party.
This October 17 renewal attracted a dizzying list of participants. The house trio – James Harrison foregoing the Caff’s upright piano in favour of his own keyboard, Paul Grainger on double bass and drummer Russ Morgan – set off on the right track with Yardbird Suite. Harrison likes to keep things moving (ideal at a jam session) and Mambo Inn did just that featuring a Russ Morgan solo followed by Harrison’s accomplished intro to everyone’s favourite tune – Secret Love.

The Jazz Cafe presents: 6TEEN54 Featuring José Gonçalves Thursday October 26

This last-minute addition to the programme features a quintet including Thomas Dixon (saxophones) and Jamie Jingles (guitar) from our monthly resident band ‘Bearpark,’ Inês Gonçalves (piano) from the Sage Gateshead jazz degree course, Ben Fitzgerald (drums) and José Gonçalves (electric bass), a special star guest from Portugal, the father of the band’s pianist making a flying visit to the city.
José Gonçalves founded the RIFF school of jazz at Aveiro whose students won 1st place at the prestigious São Luiz Jazz festival. As a musician, he performs on both electric and double bass in a number of genres with artists including Oscar Graça, Alexandre Coelho, Fernando Rodrigues, José Martinho and many others.

The band will be performing an array of fresh original tunes by José Gonçalves, Thomas Dixon and Inês Gonçalves and some modern interpretations of standards.
Dave Clarke
Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW.  October 26, 8pm. £3.

CD Review: Andrew Linham Jazz Orchestra - Weapons of Mass Distraction

Call me old-fashioned, not just because I love the moonlight, but because I tend to go along with (most of the time) Duke's maxim that it don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing. 
From the opening bars of Screaming Ab Dabs I knew that, even without any do-wah-do-wah- do wahs, this had that swing.
21st-century swing that is - timeless swing. The rhythms may not be the chug chug chug of long ago but the essential pulse is there irrespective of the meter. As the man once said, "If you gotta ask..."
Sharking in the Chalet (don't ask!) has a TV cop show feel about it with some fine piano from Tom Millar, fluent soprano from Tommy Andrews and an ensemble licensed to kill.

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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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