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Danny Halperin: "Johnny Griffin is possibly the worst tenor saxophonist who has come to widespread public attention in the past decade." – (Jazz News, March 21, 1962).

Polly Gibbons: “If Billie [Holiday] had come up in the ’60s, she probably would have been a soul singer” – (Down Beat August 2017).

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Today Wednesday August 16

Afternoon
Vieux Carre Jazzmen - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
Maine Street Jazzmen - Tynemouth Metro Station, Station Tce., Tynemouth NE30 4RE. 1pm. Free.
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Evening.
New Orleans Jazz at the Village Hall - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Rd., Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:15pm. £3.
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Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. £1. 8pm.
Billy's Acoustic Blues - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free (weekly).
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Tees Hot Club - Cleveland Bay, 718 Yarm Rd., Eaglescliffe TS16 0JE. 9pm. Free.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Sunday, March 05, 2017

Blind Monk Trio @ The Globe March 4

Bob Whittaker (tenor sax); Hugo Harrison (bass); Johnny Hunter (drums)
(Review/photo Steve H) 
The Blind Monk Trio apparently get their name from someone commenting in the past that they sounded like a drunk Thelonious Monk. Well I suppose that’s better than being called Three Blind Monks. Despite their name, there is no piano in the band which is a Bass/Sax/Drums combination. The band played a mixture of standards and original material with great aplomb. Some of Hugo Harrison’s extended bass intros were outstanding. 

Bob Whittaker can really give it some serious muscle on Sax but was also capable of some very subtle ballad playing. Completing the trio on drums was, the always welcome and regular Tyneside visitor, Johnny Hunter, who never fails to deliver and in this combo he is given plenty of room to stretch out with several impressive solos.
A hugely enthusiastic audience seemed to enjoy the high energy and top quality musicianship. The availability of splendid real ale certainly enhanced the experience of this correspondent, who may not have been quite blind drunk on departure, but certainly left the building very happy after experiencing an evening of great jazz.

Steve H.

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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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Lance (Who wishes it to be known that he is not responsible for postings other than his own and that he's not always responsible for them.)
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