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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.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Enhance Your Jazz Skills With African Percussion

(By Ann Alex)
You too could sound like Hannabiell and Midnight Blue (at least a bit!) if you took up African Percussion, which is a course offered by Sage Gateshead in Gateshead Old Town Hall (GOTH) on Wednesday afternoons, as part of the Silver Programme.  I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the first 2 weeks of term 2, when we’ve been playing African hand drums, which are known as Djembes.  These drums are from West Africa and come in various sizes, so every drum is pitched slightly different. Djembes produces 3 different tones, according to whether you play with the fingertips on the rim; with all the fingers further in; or with the whole hand in the middle of the drum.
We've learned a tune from Bukina Faso, which involves the group being divided into 3 parts, each part playing a different rhythm.  There’s a regular groove, a tricky counter rhythm and a slower rhythm which imitates a train, rim rim RIM, in IN in in in.  Perhaps readers can imagine the thrill of playing in rhythm whilst listening to the other drums.  If you close your eyes you could take yourself to the heart of Africa but without the heat.  There’s also a song to go with this, but so far we’ve found it impossible to do both drum and song at the same time.  If you think this sounds easy, just try it at home!  Unless, of course, you’re a jazz drummer and if that’s the case you’ll find it easy, that is if you can sing.
We’ve also done a piece called Zimbabwe, where the song is an integral part of the piece.  This is easy to remember as alternate hands are used.  Every word of 1 syllable is played on the rim and words of more than 1 syllable (eg Zimbabwe) are played in the middle.  Easy Peasy so far, but then it turns out that there are about 4 other parts to the tune!
There are also hand bells in sets of 2 which are larger and louder than the agogo bells used in Samba drumming.  We’ve yet to tackle those.  But I’m sure all this is great for practising rhythms and teamwork in time for the next jazz jam.
Ann Alex

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