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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 Friday February 23

Afternoon

Rendezvous Jazz - Monkseaton Arms, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. Tel: 0191 251 3928. 1:00pm. Free.

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Dock in Absolute - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 9:00pm. £10.00. (£8.00 concessions).

James Taylor Quartet - Hoochie Coochie, 54 Pilgrim Street, Newcastle NE1 6SF. Tel: 0191 222 0130. £16.00. Doors 7pm.

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

Crooners - Forum Theatre, Queensway, Billingham, Stockton on Tees TS23 2LJ. Tel: 01642 552663. 7:30pm. £20.00. Touring comedy Rat Pack production with Chris Hibbard’s nine piece Mini Big Band.

King Bees - Magnesia Bank, Camden Street, North Shields NE30 1NH. 9:00pm. Free.

Shamans Jazz Quartet + Collective Folamour - The Hearth, Main Road, Horsley NE15 0NT. Tel: 01661 853563. 7:30pm. £5.00.

Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7pm.

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

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Scarborough Jazz Festival September 28 - Evening.

Quentin Collins/Brandon Allen Quartet.
Collins (tpt/flg); Allen (ten.sop); Ross Stanley (org); Enzo Zirilli (dms).
(Review by Lance - Photo courtesy of Bill Shakespeare)
A powerhouse set with blistering tenor from Allen, cool fully toned trumpet and flugel from Collins, mighty organ and bass pedals from Stanley and more impressive drumming from the man from Torino. A program of originals by both front line men that ranged from the boppy opener What's it Gonna Be? to the closing number - another quizzical one - Why? In between there was Beauty in Quiet Places with mellow flugel horn, Oscar's Lullaby - dedicated to one of the leaders' young child, The Paw of Discontent - dedicated to one of the leaders' - I forget which one - cat, Dark Shadows which was inspired by Hammer movies and Teeth For Two based on a tune of a similar name.
Superb opener to the evening.
Jim Birkett Trio and guests.
Birkett (gtr); Paul Baxter (bs); Paul Tilley (dms); Tom Harrison (alt).
(Review and photo by Lance.)
In between sets the Jim Birkett Trio laid down some nice standards such as Out of Nowhere, A Nightingale Sang in you know where,, One Note Samba and in their next intermission riff Tom Harrison blew some good alto that lost nothing in comparision to some of the more illustrious names appearing in the main hall. Prelude to a Kiss was particularly interesting. - Photos.
Darius Brubeck Quartet.
Brubeck (pno); Dave O'Higgins (ten/sop); Matt Ridley (bs); Wesley Gibbens (dms).
(Review by Lance - Photo courtesy of Bill Shakespeare.)
Brubeck, without his brothers (or his father!) gave a choice mix of Dave Brubeck hits and his own compositions. Dave O'Higgins was superb looking the epitome of cool in light grey suit and matching tie. As in most Brubeck concerts whether senior or junior the finale was Take Five but the stand out number was In Your Own Sweet Way - a tune that can walk tall in any company and this quartet more than did it proud - they deified it in my eyes/ears. 
Others that stood out were Lion at the Bar; Cathy's Summer, Raverley Street and Years Ago.
Very enjoyable and young Darius is doing his father proud.
Martin Taylor (gtr) & Alan Barnes (clt.).
(Review by Lance - Photo courtesy of Bill Shakespeare.)
This was a delightful vignette with Martin Taylor taking time out from adding photos to his Facebook page to join compere Barnes for a duo set that was positively sparkling in an ethereal, sepulchral way.
Touches of Goodman from the Barnes clarinet on Jersey Bounce ably aided and abetted by Martin Taylor who showed no signs of being daunted at having to follow Jim Birkett! Willow Weep For Me was haunting in its plaintive melody. A surprising tribute to Acker Bilk on Stranger on the Shore, more BG on Gone With The Wind.  Ain't Misbehavin' saw Taylor demonstrate what lovely chords this tune can handle, Seraphina one of MT's originals, They Can't Take That Away From Me, Be My Love (that's right - the Mario Lanza classic that was perfectly Taylored for the duo if you'll excuse my awful pun) and finally, The Song is You - no guys, the song tonight was definitely You.
Chapeaux!
Lance.

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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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