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Frank Zappa: "There was so much acid during the '60s that it was very easy for large numbers of people to think they had seen God as soon as the Beatles went boom, boom, boom, you know?." - (DownBeat May 18, 1978). – (DownBeat May 18, 1978).

Ryan Keberle: “Don't be easy on yourself when it comes to playing with perfect intonation. All other instruments will be playing with close-to-perfect intonation; the same should be expected of trombonists.'” – (DownBeat April 2018)

Today Friday March 23


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.


Jiannis Pavlidis Trio - Jazz Café, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 9:00pm. £8.00. (£6.00. advance).

Hookahs - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

Five Men No Dog - Prohibition Bar, Arch 3, Brandling Street, Gateshead NE8 2BA. 8:00pm (doors 7:00pm). A ‘jar on the bar’ admission event.

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.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Dock In Absolute @ The Jazz Cafe February 23

Jean-Philippe Koch (piano); David Kintziger (bass); Michel Mootz (drums)
(Review by Steve H/Photos courtesy of Ken Drew) 
Piano trios in Newcastle seem to be like London buses you wait ages for one to come along and then 2 arrive virtually on top of one another. Following the highly enjoyable Alan Benzie Trio at The Globe the previous night came this popular Luxembourg trio. 
The evening began with a very solid drum solo from Mootz before piano and bass joined in with some rollicking high energy enthusiastic jazz that set the tone for the rest of the evening. 

Koch, clearly a classically trained pianist, played in a melodic flowing prog-rocky style in a somewhat animated fashion - think Richard Clayderman meets  Greg Emerson of ELP fame. Kintziger, who is actually from Belgium, played a very subtle and mellow electric bass. As mentioned before Mootz on drums was the jazziest of the trio, particularly when playing solos. Unlike Alan Benzie the night before, the band kept their chat to a minimum but they still managed to come across both humorous and engaging. Even though this may not have been the most challenging jazz I have seen this year, the trio certainly seemed to thoroughly entertain a not insubstantial audience.

Steve H.

1 comment :

Ken Drew (on F/b). said...

Brief review - but captures my thoughts also - spot on!!! Maybe elements of Focus too? Most enjoyable

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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.
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