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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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Monday, May 01, 2017

CD Review: Chris Potter - The Dreamer is the Dream.

Chris Potter (tenor/soprano/clarinet/bs. clarinet/flute etc.); David Virelles (piano/celeste); Joe Martin (bass); Marcus Gilmore (drums/percussion)
(Review by Lance).
I usually treat ECM releases the way I do when an election leaflet comes through the door - I know that, whoever the artist or the party is, it ain't going to change my life.
The CDs I'm usually able to find a home for with some of my more liberally minded colleagues. Re the election leaflets - does the paper have to be so shiny?
However, there are times when one has to do a rethink. This Chris Potter CD is one that makes me realise that ECM isn't always left of field. In fact, if Tony Blair were a jazz musician this might be about where he'd be - no, Potter doesn't deserve that analogy!

Potter is a reedman who probes, searches, discovers and unleashes. Unleashes sax solos that swing in a contemporary manner. Forward looking, never dated - jazz for today with the use of samples and things that hint towards tomorrow.
Perhaps the most inventive, progressive, saxman playing today and doing it with a tenuous thread to the past.
Piano, bass and drums travel the same road with some interesting diversions by Virelles - maybe he called in at Jarrettville?
Lance.

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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.
The idea of this blog is for you to share your thoughts and pass on your comments on discs, gigs, jazz - music in general. If you've been to a gig/concert or heard a CD that knocked you sideways please share your views with us. Tell us about your favourites, your memories, your dislikes.
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.)
Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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