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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.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Luís Vicente (trumpet); Olie Brice (bass); Mark Sanders (drums) – Jazz North East @ the Bridge Hotel - February 11

(Review/photos courtesy of Ken Drew) 
This is more of a photo-review than full review, but this performance deserves a mention, not least because it's the first time Jazz North East has had a visiting musician from Portugal.   Also, as the first of a two-venue-only visit to the UK (two days after meeting at The Bridge,  they played the Vortex in London)  Luís Vicente is playing for the first time in the UK  with Jazz North East favourites Olie Brice on double bass and Mark Sanders on percussion. 
So, all three are well established in their own right, but what kind of fireworks could be expected?  The pre-performance info was true to form:  "Like so many leading young players, Vicente has absorbed the languages of free jazz and more structured forms and moves seamlessly between the approaches”;  American critic Ken Waxman has written that "His brass sensibility calls upon the free playing of Don Cherry and the free bop of Freddie Hubbard in equal measure.  Vicente also shares with others of his generation an open sensibility that regards musical compatibility through his many European collaborations.  The three of them have common ground in working at continental festivals, but this gig is part of their first ever UK tour as a trio, providing a wonderful opportunity for the Newcastle audience to be introduced to one of the rising stars of not just Portuguese or European, but of world jazz."
And so it was!  All three established a strong rapport from the off, each gave superb demonstrations of their mastery of their respective instruments, and combined perfectly to produce a wonderfully seamless sonic performance. Two very intense but engaging sets, with three world-class improvisers, right on our doorstep!  Just what it said on the tin!!

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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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