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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 22, 2012

Taco Bells & others @ Morden Tower. September 21

(Review by Russell).
Lo-fi (low-financed!) promoters A Better Noise do their thing – obscure, underground, gigs for those who can be bothered. Finland’s Taco Bells were top of the bill but more of them later.
Hapsburg Braganza: Phil Begg (guitar) opened the show with, to quote Rough Trade, ‘lower case electronics’ guitar. That describes perfectly Begg’s approach. An absence of pyrotechnics, introspective leftfield folk melodies, desperately (beautifully) slow, wringing out the last resonant note. Begg’s latest vinyl release (yes, LP format!) Recurring Dreams is available at gigs or via www.altvinyl.com   
John Pope (double bass) & James Joys (clarinet & electronics)
John Pope plays jazz (Alan Glen, Lindsay Hannon). John Pope enjoys the free jazz scene – as a listener or performer. For this set he worked with James Joys (clarinet and Apple Mac). The Mac fired-up (the Silicon Valley fruit shone brightly) leaving the listener in no doubt that there would be some knob-twiddling. There was a bit of spittle clarinet playing, there was a lot of Pope’s free jazz bass playing, there was some good stuff in there.      
Taco Bells: Sami Pekkola (tenor saxophone & washing machine hot/cold hose pipe), Tero Kemppainen (double bass), Jaakko Tolvi (drums) & Stuart Arnot (trumpet)
Three youthful looking lads from Finland, approachable with an excellent command of the English language and a youthful-ish looking Glaswegian trumpeter. The quartet waited patiently to take the stage and when the core trio (the Finns) hit, blew and plucked the first notes it was immediately apparent that this was to be a Peter Brötzmann inspired set. Sami Pekkola (sporting leftfield beard – de rigueur at a Morden Tower event) attempted to blow the roof off the West Walls venue. Bassist Tero Kemppainen (loaning Pope’s instrument) did all the things required of a bassist in a free jazz context (it took him a while to adjust to the sound levels in the small space) and drummer Jaakko Tolvi impressed throughout. How is it that drummers working on the free jazz scene – however young – have an encyclopaedic knowledge of the musical vocabulary? So, to Pekkola’s party piece; attach a coiled length of washing machine hose pipe to the mouth piece to transform the sound to something akin to the oboe. Why? I don’t know. Glaswegian trumpeter Stuart Arnot, resident in Finland, joined the trio mid-set to blow some very free, furious long-note stuff. Washing machine or not Taco Bells scorched through their set with the hot tap very much full on.
Photos from "Anonymous"
Russell 

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