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Michelle Coltrane: "It was Geri Allen who told me, 'Why don't you work with a guitar player? It's a lot easier. They're mobile, all the pianos are out of tune'" - DownBeat March 2018.

Verneri Pohjola: “I've been trying to get away from being 'a young and promising trumpet player' for over twenty years” DownBeat March 2018.

Today Saturday February 24

Afternoon

Nikki Iles Masterclass - Music Department, Durham University, Palace Green, Durham DH13RL. 1:30pm. £.3.00. Open to the public as observers.

Tees Valley Jazzmen - Hardwick Arms Hotel, 1 North End, Sedgefield TS21 2AZ. Tel: 01740 622305. 1:30pm. Free.

Evening

Billy Bootleggers All-Star Band - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

Customs House Big Band - Customs House, Mill Dam, South Shields NE33 1ES. Tel: 0191 454 1234. 7:30pm. £12.00.

Mighty Smokin’ Spitfires - Forum Music Centre, Borough Road, Darlington DL1 1SG. 8:00pm (doors). £10.00. Augmented line-up: David Blakey (trumpet), Lloyd Howell (perc.).

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

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

Garland and Paterson reactivate Lammas in Eyemouth














(Press release)
Saxophonist Tim Garland rejoins his partner in Celtic jazz group Lammas, guitarist Don Paterson for three Scottish gigs this month including a visit to Eyemouth Hippodrome, a few miles north of Berwick upon Tweed, on Saturday 11th February.
Garland, who subsequently joined Chick Corea’s The Vigil and enjoyed a three-year post as Composer-In-Residence at Newcastle University, co-led Lammas with Paterson throughout the 1990s, recording five albums and touring widely before Paterson’s work as a poet and demand for Garland talents as a saxophonist and composer caused an amicable split in 2000.
As well as The Vigil, Garland went on to play with Bill Bruford’s Earthworks and in Storms/Nocturnes with vibraphonist Joe Locke and pianist Geoff Keezer as well as fulfilling commissions from the Royal Northern Sinfonia, and the London Symphony, the City of Birmingham Symphony and BBC Concert orchestras. He premiered his Re:Focus, a re-imagining of Stan Getz’s 1961 orchestral album, Focus, at Wigmore Hall during London Jazz Festival in November.
Paterson’s work as a much-decorated poet has seen music taking a back seat for much of the past decade but he returned with a new band early last year and for the upcoming gigs he and Garland will be working with keyboardist Steve Hamilton, who is currently between tours with drummer Billy Cobham’s band.
The Eyemouth Hippodrome gig launches a new jazz season at the venue, with guitarist Nigel Clark following on 11th March, saxophonist Brian Molley’s quartet on 29th April, Edinburgh collective Playtime on 13th May and Peter Whittingham Jazz Award winning Glasgow quartet, Square One on 3rd June.
“Tim and always I kept in touch and we’ve played together a few times informally since Lammas,” says Paterson, who also plays St Andrews (25th February) and Glasgow (26th) with Garland and Hamilton. “But these will be the first gigs we’ve done together in sixteen years and I’m really looking forward to working with him again in what is to all intents and purposes a Lammas reunion.”

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