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Elkie Brooks: “He [Eric Delaney] was most surprised I could sing ‘Misty’ which is quite a big ballad.” – (R’N’R November/December 2017)

Norma Winstone: “I think a lot of young musicians are doing good stuff and trying to find a way, but I think it’s more difficult now because there’s no funding.” – (Jazzwise December 2017/January 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.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Mark Williams Trio @ The Bridge. October 28

Mark Williams (guitar), Andy Champion (electric bass) & Richard Brown (drums)
Guitarist Mark Williams played at the Splinter summer season finale. On that occasion he opened his set with a solo guitar piece of which Joe Pass or Martin Taylor would have been proud. This latest outing began with the Irishman digging the blues. Two bars in and it hit home…1980s Jimmy Witherspoon at the Corner House – Gee Baby, Ain’t I Good to You? Had Williams been on the gig back then Spoon would surely have said: Give the man a hand! A magical start to the evening. Williams called to the stand regular drummer Richard Brown and depping bassist Andy Champion. The trio had a blast. Familiar tunes, a new tune ‘written this morning’ according to Williams, cranked-up numbers, a ballad, a waltz (Weird Waltz), a blues (Booze Blues). Funk, swing, Michael Brecker, Scofield, a McLaughlin chord, Champion’s five string walking bass lines, Champion’s chops-busting solos, Brown’s spot-on drumming – the gig chalked up five stars. ‘Play some blues’ exclaimed a voice three sheets to the wind. Williams played Filth – a filthy blues. One way or another that is what Williams played all night long. Williams took the time to announce next week’s gig – ACV. He said he may well turn up. I hope he does…he’s in the band! The set drew to a close with the monster Minor Detail. It doesn’t get any better than this.
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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