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Bebop Spoken There

Howard Riley: “When I started out playing jazz back in the late 50s, early 60s, if you wanted a gig you had to learn some standards.” – (Jazz Journal April 2017)

Eric Harland: “I love swing and I’m always going to swing but I also know that you can take a hip-hop groove and improvise with that just like you would with a swing pattern.” – (Jazz Journal April 2017)

Today Wednesday April 26

Afternoon.
Vieux Carre Jazzmen - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
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Evening.
Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. £1. 8pm.
Levee Ramblers NOJB - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:30pm. £3.00.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Friday, April 07, 2017

GIJF Day 1: Dean Stockdale Trio @ Sage Gateshead - March 31

Dean Stockdale (piano), Gavin Barras (double bass) & Adam Dawson (drums)
(Review by Russell)
Dean Stockdale’s opening night ‘late night’ performance on the concourse at Sage Gateshead was a difficult act to pull off. Festival concert goers ensconced in the halls were oblivious to a piano trio set of swinging standards and original tunes. Stockdale, regularly working either end of the M6, has a new album on the way and took the opportunity to unveil some of it at this year’s Gateshead Jazz Festival.

Having earlier exited one of the halls your reviewer caught a few numbers by Stockdale and his M6 (west of the Pennines) bass and drums team of Gavin Barras and Adam Dawson. Situated below a concrete ceiling and behind a ‘no access’ tape in front of the stage the trio worked hard to generate an atmosphere. Stockdale previewed several tracks from the forthcoming CD. Pike Place is a tune that Tynesiders have heard on more than one occasion in recent months, it serves to illustrate the composing talents of Stockdale and both Barras and Dawson made a strong contribution to it. The spirit of Oscar Peterson was, and is, ever present in Stockdale’s playing. A performance deserving of a larger audience. 
Russell.

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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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