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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 Tuesday February 20

Afternoon

Classic Swing - The Ship, Front St., Monkseaton NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free.

Evening

Jam Session - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. Free.

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

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Darlington Jazz Festival. Sunday Afternoon Part Two. April 27

(Review by Russell (AKA Tolstoy).
Djangologie. Is there anything left to say about bassist Mick Shoulder’s Hot Club combo? Low maintenance virtuosi. Professional, on stage bang on time, the musicianship exemplary. A beer tent crowd can be problematic -ie noisy. In no time the band had them (Djangologists or not) listening to every nuanced turn. Minor Swing, Shoulder’s waltz Beautiful Till 3, one tune after another, all enthralling, totally engrossing. 
Rhythm guitar meister Giles Strong held court, those near the stage taking mental notes, to his right, the purveyor of the (impossible) perfectly constructed guitar solo, Dr James Birkett. Those taking instructional notes gave up, tore them up, opting to simply listen. Dr Birkett played the impossible on Dark Eyes (the applause deafening) and fellow star soloist Emma Fisk (violin) never played a wrong note (she never has done). Fisk possesses a wonderful tone, a swinging sense of time and plays solos to die for. Djangologie won an encore (the bet of the weekend) and went out on Douce Ambience. Note to Monsieur Shoulder - let’s have a Django festival.
Time for some bop. Alter Ego turned up in good time. Good to see the band listening to and appreciating Djangologie’s set. Drummer David ‘Blakey’ Francis drove the band from the traps in tandem with double bassist Tony Abell. A band composition - Boudini -  got things underway, the ensemble work always to the fore. Keith Robinson (alto), Dave Hignett (trumpet) and Andy Hawking (piano) stepped up on In Walked Horace and then a new band number - Odyssey – showcased the writing talents within the ranks. Bobby Watson’s mesmeric Wheel Within a Wheel heard the best of Hawking with the ensemble at its very best (Niall Armstrong impressive throughout the set on tenor, baritone and flute). Alter Ego went out on Hit and Run. Bop Lives!
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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